Rouge National Urban Park is the perfect place to enjoy being out in nature all year round! Come and see the new landscapes of the winter season and explore what the park has to offer.

Winter hiking

Winter offers terrain and views that are unlike any other season. Experience the changes to the landscape with a winter hike in Rouge National Urban Park. You might even spot some animal tracks in the snow! Come prepared. Trails are not maintained in the winter.

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Safety

  • Know your limit. Plan a day suitable for the least experienced member of your party.
  • Let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to return.
  • Bring appropriate equipment including extra layers of clothing, icers for your shoes, hiking poles, and appropriate footwear. Avoid hypothermia and frostbite by dressing appropriately.
  • Trails are not groomed or maintained in the winter. Orientation may be difficult and natural hazards may be present on non-maintained trails increasing the risk of serious injury. For this reason, winter hikers and snowshoers are strongly encouraged to remain on marked trails.
  • Facilities are limited in winter. Check the location page for more information before you visit.
  • It's your responsibility to seek out safety information, obey signs and be prepared. You are responsible for your own safety and security!
  • For your well-being, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with Rouge National Urban Park’s winter hazards.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a great winter activity and alternative to winter hiking. There are no rentals available in the park, so be sure to bring your own pair.

The best snowshoeing conditions are after a recent snowfall. Be sure to check weather conditions and parking availability before you head out.

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Cross-country skiing

Explore the trails in RNUP in true winter style, with cross-country skis! Bob Hunter Memorial Park offers some of the best trails for this activity with gentle sloping hills and scenic views. Try them out after a fresh snowfall.

The trails are not groomed or maintained in winter. Please use caution, and plan ahead before you visit. Remember, safety is your responsibility.

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Winter birdwatching

This winter in Rouge National Urban Park, you won’t need a smartphone to hear tweets! Keep a look out for how many birds you can spot during your visit. There may be fewer birds around in winter, but with no leaves on the trees, they’re easier to see!

In the winter, the best place to observe birds is from our trails. Species you may encounter include (but are not limited to):

  • American goldfinch
  • American tree sparrow
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Cardinal
  • Crow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Downy woodpecker
  • Horned lark
  • Hairy woodpecker
  • Raven
  • Snowy owl
  • Turkeys

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Birds species of Rouge National Urban Park

Check out the list of bird species to see what you can spot in Rouge National Urban Park.

Ice skating and pond hockey

Ice thickness and quality is not tested in the park and there are no staff on site. These activities may be considered dangerous to visitors and should be done at their own risk. Safety is your responsibility.

Please also be considerate of the fragile ecosystems that exist below the ice and NEVER leave any possessions or litter on the ice, as it ends up in the water bodies when the ice melts.

Downhill skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing
  • For the safety of yourself, other visitors, and the sensitive habitat in the park, downhill skiing and tobogganing are not recommended in the park. These activities pose hazards to plants and animals under the snow and to other visitors using trails and areas within the park. For information on where to enjoy these activities safely nearby, please visit the City of Toronto:
  • Winter Sports in the City of Toronto