Rouge Valley Guided Hike

 

Hello Nature Lovers,

Are you up for an enjoyable morning walk in the Rouge Valley? This is a chance for the Toronto Nature Lovers to get together and have some fun, meet new members and enjoy nature together! Everyone of our outings has created take your breath away moments, lots of smiles and laughs and great conversation! Check out our pictures from previous outings!  

I hope you can join us for a guided 2 1/2 hour nature walk in the Rouge Valley on Saturday July 6, 2013. Rouge Park is known as Canada's premier urban wilderness park and the Canadian Government announced last year that Rouge Park will become Canada's first urban National Park.

It is truly an amazing example of the bio-diversity right in our backyard. Over 700 plants, 225 species of birds, 55 fish species, 27 mammals and 19 reptile and amphibian species can be found in the Rouge Valley!

 

But it's also a nice place to enjoy a late spring walk. With any walk in the woods you never know what surprise awaits you around the next corner. Could it be a deer or an Eastern Bluebird or maybe a beautiful flower or tree! Or it maybe it is just the amazement of being in the city in such a wilderness delight?  

We are going to be led on our walk by the Rouge Park Trail Coordinator Diana Smyth. Diana is an experiened naturalist and is a certified Widerness Day Hike Leader who has helped develop the Rouge Park Trail System. We will also have a second experienced guide from Rouge Park helping. Any question you have to ask, our guides will have the answer! Be it, plant, tree, bird or butterfly!

We will meet you at the Glen Rouge Campground main parking lot. We will be hiking the Mast trail. Please use these details for the meeting point:
Meeting Point for Mast Trail:
Glen Rouge Campground Parking Area, 7450 Kingston Road between Sheppard Ave. East and Altona Road
TTC: Bus 85 from Don Mills Subway or Rouge Hill GO Station. Get off at Port
Union Road/Sheppard Av. E. for Kingston Road north side and walk east to the campground on Kingston Road Road. Parking is free.                                                                   

                                                                            

 

A Few Other Things:

Activity Level is Moderate

There are some steep hills to climb but it's mostly pretty easy hiking. Most of the paths are fairly wide, so it makes for a great group walking event.

Depending on weather, it can be slippery when wet. So please wear appropiate footwear the day of the hike.

Dogs are allowed on the walk, but must be kept on a leash and any litter picked up.

Please bring some water to keep yourself hydrated and snacks if you like.

Don't forget your camera and binoculars. If you don't have any binoculars, our members are always willing to share!

There is a port-o-potty available at the beginning and end of the hike.

So I hope you can join us for this wilderness walk right in the city!

 

 

 

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  • Andrea B.

    Murray-I am adding a bunch of photos from another area of the park. Since I really like to look for butterflies, I spent several hours just along the service road and near one of the ponds. I had to leave around 2pm and never made it onto the trails, otherwise I would have loved to stay longer. I hope you don't mind all the photos from the other side. Hope to see you in August.

    July 9, 2013

    • bernies

      Andrea, thank you for sharing your pictures - they are awesome!

      July 10, 2013

  • katherine m.

    It was lovely my boys had a great time

    1 · July 6, 2013

    • Murray S.

      It was great having your boys along Katherine! I am very pleased that they enjoyed themselves! They are our future conservationists! They had some sharp eyes too! :)

      1 · July 8, 2013

  • Krista

    Parking was a problem, but now I know to be there early, to be sure I get a spot. Miss the worst of the heat too!

    1 · July 6, 2013

    • Murray S.

      I truly apologize for the parking situation. I will make sure that is addressed before future meetups.

      July 8, 2013

  • Andrea B.

    Murray- I don't know if you got the message that I had arrived. I was a little late, but you guys were still in the parking lot. I was in the portapotty after my 2hr drive. There was no parking. Since I was there, I went around to the Meadowvale address. Still some nice photos, but missed out on the guides and seeing everyone.

    July 7, 2013

    • Andrea B.

      I will try to add some photos from my side of the park. Met some nice random people and FYI for those that live near there. The zoo is using the parking near the meadowvale address, but if the signs have the bags on them you can park, otherwise they said the zoo will ticket or tow as they will use this area as overflow zoo parking during the summer. Mother-in-law has died suddenly, so it was still nice to get away and chill in nature before we head to Montreal in the next few days. She always asked, why did I like pictures so much and stopping randomly to take Nature Shots. It's just fun to chase butterflies etc. I would tell her. :)

      1 · July 7, 2013

    • Murray S.

      Thank you Andrea. You are very kind! I feel very bad that we missed you! Please put up some pictures! That would be wonderful! Murray

      July 8, 2013

  • Heather P.

    Thank you, Murray, for doing the organizing!!!

    1 · July 8, 2013

  • Jill

    I had a great time - fresh air, interesting people to talk to, no rain

    1 · July 7, 2013

    • Christine

      Hi Jill, Thank you so much for the ride. Great to meet you.

      July 8, 2013

  • Mitra

    Jill, Thanks for the ride. I am grateful to meet you.

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Murray S.

    I want to thank everyone who came to the Rouge Park hike! It's always our members who make the event great! Thanks!

    July 7, 2013

  • Belle

    It was a great day to me. I enjoyed the hiking. People are friendly. I want to thank the organizers.

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Mitra

    enjoyed very much

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Zana

    I will try to make it - it is early!!!!

    July 6, 2013

  • Susan C.

    Hope it is not to late to let you know, I will not be able to make the outing today.

    July 6, 2013

  • rIC ANGELes l.

    If anyone needs a ride,let me know.(space for 3)
    I'm coming from Thornhill and heading south at ALLEN/401 so I can see you at YORKDALE !
    Let me know ASAP so I may know if I have someone who needs a lift.
    RIC[masked] Call/ TXT(anytime)

    July 6, 2013

  • Josie R.

    I am going to be taking the 85 bus from Don Mills station to Port Union Road/Sheppard Ave. East. Time wise so that I am on time for 9:30, do you know how long of a bus ride/walk from bus stop is it? Would you know? Thanks!

    July 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      July 5, 2013

    • Debi G.

      You need to get off at the stop before the Zoo at the corner. Turn right to go to the conservation area and left to go to the Zoo.

      July 5, 2013

  • vicky

    HI Murray: I am not able to attend since I will go camping with the family - See you other time - Thanks

    July 5, 2013

  • mary h.

    Will bring a friend...
    Annette Haynes. Thanks, Mary

    July 5, 2013

  • Susan C.

    Looking forward to this as I have never been to this area.

    July 5, 2013

  • Gloria E

    Sorry, I have out of town guests coming.

    July 5, 2013

  • Andrea B.

    Hello- will be driving up from Buffalo. will the address above work for my GPS to get to the meeting spot? Can I call you Murray if I get lost?

    July 2, 2013

    • Murray S.

      Andrea, the address is 7450 Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario. It'll be good to see you again!

      July 4, 2013

    • Andrea B.

      Thanks. When I clicked on the google map link it was giving the 1749 Meadowvale Rd address. Since I've never been there I didn't want to end up at the wrong place...see you then :)

      July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey!
    Am at yonge/ sheppard...I need a ride pls, anyone willing to? :)

    July 4, 2013

  • Josie R.

    Are running shoes OK? I don't have any hiking boots/shoes at the moment.

    July 3, 2013

    • Murray S.

      Running shoes should be okay. Could be a few muddy areas, but it shouldn't be bad.

      July 4, 2013

  • katherine m.

    I would like to attend, can I bring my 10 year old son?
    Katherine

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • Jill

    I can certainly give rides to Mitra and Christine - and I have room for 1 more - but I don't know how to use this website to reply to anyone's post! And I need to ask Murray how long the drive will take from York Mills subway station before I can confirm the time.

    June 28, 2013

    • Debi G.

      Just select the persons name then send a message to

      June 28, 2013

    • Murray S.

      The drive from York Mills station should be about 1/2 hour at most.

      July 4, 2013

  • Heather P.

    Live close the the Rouge and wander the trails but a guided tour is great!

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • Belle

    I'll be there.

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    aww this is on the day of my exam

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Murray, I am very sorry but I have to cancel my Rouge Valley guided hike. Perhaps the next time!

    July 1, 2013

  • Jan

    Visited the Rouge today (cedar trail) - yellow warblers, chickadees, song sparrow, goldfinches, raven, female wood duck & ducklings; frogs, beautiful insects (bring your macro lens) and turtles. If you want to see nesting cliff, bank and barn swallows and a flock of Bonaparte's gulls - head to rouge beach. Have fun!

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Murray S.

    Hi Everyone, I hope you are all fantastic! I thought I would let you know I have a Toronto Nature Lovers Facebook Page! Here's the link.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/T...­ Please don't forget to like us! Please feel free to post pictures from some of our previous meetups! :)

    Cheers,

    Murray

    June 27, 2013

  • Margaret O

    Would love to join you, but It's my mom's 80th in Montreal for the weekend. Another time!

    June 26, 2013

    • Murray S.

      Enjoy your day with your Mom! We will see you soon! :)

      June 27, 2013

    • Murray S.

      Oh, and wish your Mom a Happy Birthday from us all at the Toronto Nature Lovers! :)

      June 27, 2013

  • Jill

    I can also drive 3 people, anyone willing to meet me in the parking lot of the York Mills subway station - at the north-west corner of Yonge St. and Wilson Avenue.

    June 26, 2013

    • Mitra

      Please consider me as one of your passengers. Just let me know the exact time I suppose to be there.

      June 26, 2013

    • Christine

      Hi Jill, I will meet you at the parking lot at YM station. What time? Thanks, Chrisin

      June 27, 2013

  • Christine

    If anyone is organizing a carpool (I know there have been a few posts on this), I would love a ride too. Am close to Yonge/Eglinton so could meet anywhere along the Yonge subway line.

    June 25, 2013

    • bernies

      Two are meeting Krista @ YorkMills subway, south entrance at 8:45am

      June 25, 2013

  • Ishwar P.

    Depends on the weather (I don't enjoy hiking in rain).

    June 25, 2013

  • Amine B

    Thanks Murray for organizing this event.

    1 · June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love to walk in our Rouge Park. Perhaps we can discuss invasive weeds and beetles during the walk as well?

    June 25, 2013

  • Debi G.

    Park is accessible by transit and GO Transit for those without vehicles

    June 24, 2013

  • Mitra

    I need carpool. Hope there is someone to pick me up. I am on yonge at steeles.

    June 24, 2013

  • Murray S.

    This is a link to the meeting spot!

    http://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?i...­

    June 24, 2013

  • Murray S.

    For some reason the google map is showing the wrong meeting spot. I am not sure why. But if you click on Glen Rouge Campground, it will show you the correct place to meet. The address of 7450 Kingston Road is correct.

    June 24, 2013

  • Murray S.

    Hi Rob, thanks for the heads up.
    I'll check the map when I get home.

    June 23, 2013

  • Rob S

    i have a question, the link posted at the top for the meeting spot ( http://bit.ly/JlGAj1­) and the meeting spot noted at the bottom (Meeting Point for Mast Trail: Glen Rouge Campground Parking Area, 7450 Kingston Road between Sheppard Ave. East and Altona Road ) are nowhere near each other, which is it ?

    June 23, 2013

  • Laura S.

    There is no way of knowing who the drivers are ............

    June 23, 2013

  • Debi G.

    Enjoying nature

    June 23, 2013

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