Free guided walks - November schedule

Rouge National Urban Park

Saturday, November 4

Xplorers: Land Management

What are reforestation, wetland rehabilitation and controlled burns? Learn about land stewardship and what part our youngest hikers can play for our — and their — futures.

  • Leaders: Marilyn, Doug
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: Tanglewood Trail
  • Transit Accessible: No
  • Meeting point: 7277 14th Avenue, Markham – oTENTiks (A-frame cabin)
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Families
  • Dog Friendly

 

Sunday, November 5

Fungi and Mushrooms

Join Richard for a forest walk and enjoy the splendid varieties and abundance of fungi and mushrooms.

  • Leaders: Richard, Jane
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: Mast Trail
  • Transit Accessible: No
  • Meeting point: 55 Twyn Rivers Drive, Scarborough – parking lot
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult, depending on experience, with some steep hills and stairs
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults
  • Service dogs only

 

Saturday, November 11

Autumn in the Rouge

Join walk leader Marie to learn where little critters go in the autumn and other Rouge fun facts!

  • Leaders: Marie, Stephen
  • Time: 1:00 pm
  • Location: Harvest Trail
  • Transit Accessible: No
  • Meeting point:6994 19th Avenue, Markham – parking lot
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Age Range: Adults
  • Dog Friendly

 

Sunday, November 12

Forest Bathing/Shinrin-Yoku

Invitations from your guide allow you to fully access your senses, becoming one with the forest.

  • Leaders: Denise, Judy
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: Vista Trail
  • Transit Accessible: No
  • Meeting point: 55 Twyn Rivers Drive, Scarborough – parking lot
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Families
  • Service dogs only

 

Saturday, November 18

Getting Ready for Winter

What do you do when things get tough? Hide? Leave? Shut down? Adapt? Creatures in the wild are no different. On this walk, let's explore how they respond when winter's coming.

  • Leaders: Katharina, Peter V.
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: Tallgrass Trek
  • Transit Accessible: No
  • Meeting point: 7277 14th Avenue, Markham - oTENTiks (A-frame cabin)
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Families
  • Dog Friendly

 

Sunday, November 19

10,000 Steps in Nature

Join walk leader Geri on a 10,000-step journey through the Rouge.

  • Leaders: Geri, Gary
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: Northeast Trail
  • Transit Accessible: No
  • Meeting point: 7445 Elgin Mills Rd E, Markham – parking lot
  • Distance: 5 km – 8 km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults
  • Service dogs only

 

Saturday, November 25

Birding 101

Join walk leader Glen to learn about binoculars, birding books and where to look for different species based on habitat in the fall. 

  • Leaders: Glen, Emmylou
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: Orchard Trail
  • Transit Accessible: No
  • Meeting point: 55 Twyn Rivers Drive, Scarborough – parking lot
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Age Range: Adults
  • Service dogs only

 

Sunday, November 26

Conifers of the Rouge

Get to know the conifers that call Rouge National Urban Park home.

  • Leaders: Stephen, Larry
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: Central Trail
  • Transit Accessible: No
  • Meeting point: 7445 Elgin Mills Rd E, Markham – parking lot
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Families
  • Dog Friendly

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