Rouge Valley Park & Lunch

Join us for a hike and lunch at the Woodlands trail located within Rouge Valley Park. Please pack a lunch for this event and if you have a portable stove please feel free to bring it as well. We’ll be traveling mostly on flat land through a well-defined trail for approximately 3 kms. With that said this hike is appropriate for beginners. At some point during the hike we will take a break and make lunch.

Please be sure to wear appropriate foot wear and dress according to the weather conditions.

As per the Rouge Valley Website:

Woodlands Area

Walking trails with view of Little Rouge Creek, forest and meadows. A mix of habitat types, including new forests, makes this a place where you can see many birds.

Wildlife viewing opportunities.

Part of the City of Toronto's "Bird Flyways", areas where people can view birds in their natural habitats.

Meetup Location: 19 Reesor Road, Toronto (entrance at southeast corner of Steeles Ave and Reesor Rd)

Features

Easy trail, flat and accessible for wheelchairs, strollers, etc. for 1.5 km. Follow the trail 2.7 km total, for a moderately challenging hike.


View of Little Rouge Creek valley

Hiking trail


Accessibility

Sections of paved pathway. Gravel path is easy for wheelchairs, strollers and walkers.

No winter maintenance on trail.


Hours of operation

Open year round


Fees

Free


How's the trail these days?

Latest Trail Conditions


Public Transit

This area is more than 2km from the nearest transit stop.

TTC bus #53 Steeles East stops at Steeles Avenue East and Markham Road


Driving Directions


From Highway 401:

Exit Meadowvale Road northbound.

Turn left at Old Finch Avenue.

Turn right on Reesor Road. Go northbound on Reesor Road, driveway is right before Steeles Avenue East.


From Highway 407 Eastbound:

Exit at Ninth Line southbound. Turn left on Steeles Avenue East. Turn right on Reesor Road southbound.

From Highway 407 Westbound:

Exit at Markham-Pickering Townline southbound. Turn right on Steeles Avenue East. Turn left on Reesor Road southbound.


What will I see on this trail?

Sections of Little Rouge Creek.

A mix of forest and meadow views offers a variety of plant and animal life.

Young trees planted to build new forests.

Remnants of an old cottage area, which was flooded by Hurricane Hazel in 1954.


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  • Newman M.

    Where were we actually supposed to meet? My GPS told me the address was several hundred yards south of the parking lot just south of Steeles with the big sign, but that lot was full by 10:45, just curious for next time if there's more parking.

    October 21, 2013

  • Terrence

    We were a bit later, missed the main team. But thanks, Che, waiting 1 more hour at the park until our small group (3 presons) reuturned from the trail.

    October 20, 2013

  • Che

    Wow, what confusion today..! :) It seems most members participated with a photography-walk as they were meeting at the same time and place. I was in the parking lot at 11 and waited there for 15 minutes. I hope everyone enjoyed the weather either way and I'll be much more direct with respect to connecting with me for future events.

    October 20, 2013

  • Roozbeh

    It was good, I enjoyed

    October 20, 2013

  • grace c

    Was there but did not see the group... ended up with the photography group thinking it was this - one until we were on our way!

    October 20, 2013

  • Jasmine M.

    Sorry, my promised ride failed to show up. very cross.

    October 20, 2013

  • Newman M.

    Don't wait around for me, back home now. Was there at 10:45 but nor parking spots left unless I was in the wrong lot. Nice drive anyway:)

    October 20, 2013

  • Pam

    We will meet you on the trail Che! She is better.

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • Terrence

    am here now, but may missed you group

    October 20, 2013

  • Glen

    Has everyone left the parking lot? There is a photo meetup group here

    October 20, 2013

  • Pam

    Sorry Che... All ready, but my little one is not feeling too good :-( I will make the next hike... And wish you a great day!

    October 20, 2013

  • Bill W.

    Sorry for the last minute notice. No car available today :(

    October 20, 2013

  • CanadianCutie

    Sorry, an emergency has popped up. Have fun :)

    October 20, 2013

  • irene

    Is it ONLY a 3 Km hike?

    October 9, 2013

    • Che

      Yes, plus a lunch. Ideal for beginners.

      October 19, 2013

  • Jasmine M.

    Looking forward to seeing you all.

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Pam

    See you there Che!

    1 · September 30, 2013

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