Free guided walks - February schedule

Rouge National Urban Park

Guided walks may be cancelled without notice in inclement weather.

Please note that the parking lots at 7455 Elgin Mills Road East and 7535 Elgin Mills Road East are not regularly plowed and may not be accessible on the day of a hike.

Saturday, February 3

Wild in the City

Join Doug and discuss the amazing ways plants and animals can adapt to urban growth and the presence of humans in their environment.

  • Leaders: Doug, Richard
  • Time: 10 am
  • Location: Tallgrass Trek
  • Transit Accessible: No
  • Meeting point: 7277 14th Avenue, Markham – oTENTik (A-frame cabin)
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults
  • Dog Friendly

 

Sunday, February 4

Club Parka: Trail Games

A hike for kids aged 2 to 6, where we will play trail games, observe our surroundings, and learn about the Rouge.

  • Leaders: Stephen, Peter M.
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Location: Central Trail
  • Transit Accessible: No
  • Meeting point: 7445 Elgin Mills Road East, Markham – parking lot
  • Additional Parking: 7535 Elgin Mills Road East, Markham; 10725 Reesor Road, Markham
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Age Range: Families
  • Service dogs only

 

Saturday, February 10

Xplorers: Making and Using Journals

A great way to build observation skills and inspire curiosity...explore a trail and start your own journal!

  • Leaders: Marilyn, Peter V.
  • Time: 10 am
  • Location: Northeast Trail
  • Transit Accessible: No
  • Meeting point: 10725 Reesor Road, Markham – oTENTik (A-frame cabin)
  • Additional Parking: 7445 Elgin Mills Road East, Markham; 7535 Elgin Mills Road East, Markham
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Families
  • Service dogs only

 

Sunday, February 11

Winter Wildlife Wonders

Join Michael on a hike to discover the fascinating winter survival strategies of animals in this unique urban wilderness.

  • Leaders: Michael T., Judy
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Location: Monarch Trail
  • Transit Accessible: No
  • Meeting point: 7277 14th Avenue, Markham – oTENTik (A-frame cabin)
  • Distance: 5 km – 8 km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults
  • Service dogs only

 

Tuesday, February 13

Our Agricultural Heritage

It’s Canadian Agriculture Day! Rich in agricultural heritage, farms still operate in the Rouge today. Join Judy for a walk on the trail flanked by farm fields and learn about its rich history and what’s growing there today.

  • Leaders: Judy
  • Time: 12 pm
  • Location: Harvest Trail
  • Transit Accessible: No
  • Meeting point: 7445 Elgin Mills Road East, Markham – parking lot
  • Additional Parking: 7535 Elgin Mills Road East, Markham; 10725 Reesor Road, Markham
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Families
  • Dog Friendly

 

Saturday, February 17

Chickadees

Join walk leader Glen and learn how Rouge National Urban Park's friendliest bird prepares for the winter.

  • Leaders: Glen, Shawn
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Location: Monarch Trail
  • Transit Accessible: No
  • Meeting point: 7277 14th Avenue, Markham – oTENTik (A-frame cabin)
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Moderate, possible hills and/or stairs
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults
  • Dog Friendly

 

Sunday, February 18

Great Backyard Bird Count in the Rouge

Did you know we have birds in the Rouge over the winter? Join walk leader Gary and Geri for the Great Backyard Bird Count and see how many unique species you can spot or hear in the park! Binoculars, paper and pen or a bird ID app are recommended for this hike.

  • Leaders: Gary, Geri
  • Time: 10 am
  • Location: Harvest Trail
  • Transit Accessible: No
  • Meeting point: 7445 Elgin Mills Road East, Markham – parking lot
  • Additional Parking: 7535 Elgin Mills Road East, Markham; 10725 Reesor Road, Markham
  • Distance: 1 km – 5 km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Easy
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Families
  • Service dogs only

 

Saturday, February 24

Learning from Landscapes

How can you tell the Rouge was once covered by ice? By a lake? By forests? Nowadays, the Rouge has diverse landscapes but they contain clues to its natural past and its likely future. Come follow the clues as we explore how climate has affected the features and creatures of the Rouge!  

  • Leaders: Katharina, Sarah
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Location: Tallgrass Trek
  • Transit Accessible: No
  • Meeting point: 7277 14th Avenue, Markham – oTENTik (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, February 25

Welcome to the Rouge

Join walk leader Judy and discover the Rouge’s panoramic views, beautiful forests, meadows and agriculture!

  • Leaders: Judy, Doug
  • Time: 10 am
  • Location: Central Trail
  • Transit Accessible: No
  • Meeting point: 7445 Elgin Mills Road East, Markham – parking lot
  • Additional Parking: 7535 Elgin Mills Road East, Markham; 10725 Reesor Road, Markham
  • Distance: 5 km – 8 km
  • Difficulty: Easy, flat/paved or gently uneven
  • Pace: Moderate
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age Range: Adults
  • Dog Friendly

 

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