Rouge National Urban Park

The Rouge National Urban Park will be one of the largest urban parks in the world. It is on the Waterfront Trail on the eastern boundary of Toronto! And it just got bigger!

Rouge National Urban Park 

Visit to learn about the creation of Canada’s First Urban National Park in the beautiful Rouge Valley.
Read about Parks Canada’s management plan for protecting and restoring the valley.
Learn about Learn to Camp and other events in the park.
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Canada’s First National Urban Park Expanding

On July 11th, the Government of Canada contributed an additional 21 square kilometres (nearly 5,200 acres) of new lands to Rouge National Urban Park, involving a mix of natural, cultural and agricultural lands. This expansion will increase the boundaries of Canada’s first national urban park by over 36 per cent, making it one of the largest urban parks in North America, spanning 79.5 square kilometres once fully established.

The new lands, which include forests, meadows, streams, creeks, important archaeological sites and large tracts of farmland, are located in the City of Pickering and the Township of Uxbridge. They will be under the protection of Parks Canada and preserved for the enjoyment of Canadian families and international visitors. The Rouge National Urban Park will be afforded the strongest protections of any urban park in the world, with its own legislation – the historic Rouge National Urban Park Act – providing multi-million dollar investments to conserve and restore it, and ensure year-round enforcement.

The expansion of Rouge National Urban Park was informed by broad consultations with municipal, regional, provincial, Aboriginal and community stakeholders. The urban park will provide real and significant benefits to Canada’s environment, including protecting drinking water, agricultural lands, rare ecosystems such as some of the best remaining examples of Carolinian forests and wetlands in the Greater Toronto Area, and rich biodiversity including over 1,700 species of plants and animals.

Quick Facts

  • Rouge National Urban Park is located in the cities of Toronto, Markham and Pickering and in the Township of Uxbridge.
  • Situated in close proximity to 20 percent of Canada’s population, Rouge National Urban Park will create unprecedented opportunities for Canadians to connect with the country’s vast network of protected heritage areas.
  • The Rouge National Urban Park Act came into force – formally establishing Rouge National Urban Park – via Order-in-Council on May 15, 2015. The Act is tailor-made to provide the Rouge with its strongest ever protections.
  • Rouge National Urban Park is home to a unique combination of natural, cultural and agricultural features including: 1,700 species of plants, birds, fish, mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians; more than 10,000 years of human history; and large tracts of Class 1 farmland, the rarest, most fertile and endangered in the country.

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