Northeast Trail

Rouge National Urban Park

Travelling this trail from end to end requires navigating three gaps in the trail network using municipal roads. Please take responsibility for your own safety, as no trail infrastructure exists along these municipal road sections: Concession Rd 8 (285 m), Sideline 34 (150 m), Uxbridge-Pickering Townline (105 m).  

This trail connects Black Walnut Day Use Area to Glasgow Trailhead. It traverses diverse landscapes including wetlands, forests, meadows and agricultural fields. It features a total of seven boardwalks, including a pergola seating area overlooking a marsh. The boardwalks are made of a fiberglass substructure that will last hundreds of years, and are one of Rouge National Urban Park’s newest green initiatives. The northern end of this trail is located in the headwaters of West Duffins Creek, which is fed by groundwater from the Oak Ridges Moraine. This trail connects to the Goodwood Resource Management Tract (managed by the TRCA) and the Oak Ridges Trail to the north. 


Locations are listed from north to south

Glasgow Trailhead

1867 Concession Road 2, Whitchurch-Stouffville
Lat: 43.991537, Long: -79.203597
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Sideline 30 Trailhead

5460 Sideline 30, Pickering

Lat: 43.975154, Long: -79.196921
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Concession Road 9 Trailhead

190 Concession Road 9, Pickering

Lat: 43.955445, Long: -79.204929
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Black Walnut Day Use Area

7445 Elgin Mills Rd E, Markham

Lat: 43.937775, Long: -79.2239”

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Surface condition: compacted granular
Average slope: relatively flat with some stairs 
Average width: 2.4 m

10.7 km total (one way)
  • Black Walnut Day Use Area to 190 Concession Road 9 – 4.0 km
  • 190 Concession Road 9 to 5460 Sideline 30 – 3.6 km
  • 5460 Sideline 30 to Glasgow Trailhead – 3.1 km
4 hours total (one way)
  • Black Walnut Day Use Area to 190 Concession Rd 9 – 1 h 30 min
  • 190 Concession Rd 9 to 5460 Sideline 30 – 1 h 15 min
  • 5460 Sideline 30 to Glasgow Trailhead – 1 h 15 min
Washrooms Available at Black Walnut Day Use Area
Parking Limited free parking is available all year at each location listed above

Trail Features

  • Fiberglass boardwalks – The first of its kind for Parks Canada, these unique boardwalks are one of Rouge National Urban Park’s many green initiatives.

  • Marsh and agricultural viewscapes – Take in the views of the restoration planting filled with flowers that bloom brilliant purple and gold in the Fall.
  • Pergola sitting area – Take a break, enjoy the views and fresh air in the sitting area on the boardwalk near Black Walnut Day Use Area.
  • Forest landscapes – Enjoy the variety of tree species found in different forests along the trail, including black walnut, pine, cedar, and sugar maple.

  • Oak Ridges Moraine – Experience the rolling terrain of the Oak Ridges Moraine, an important geological landform in southern Ontario.
  • Coyote Loop – Hike the Coyote Loop, a 650 m trail that has views of a pond and aquatic wildlife, a staircase, and forest viewscapes. 

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