The Vista Trail’s two-level viewing platform is one of the best places to view Toronto’s autumn colours and spectacular valley views. Guided walks depart from Parks Canada’s Visitor Welcome Area, next to the main trailhead and the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre.

Location

North trailhead
Zoo Road, near Parks Canada’s Visitor Welcome Area
Lat: 43.818389, Long: -79.170583
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South trailhead
55 Twyn Rivers Drive, Toronto
Lat: 43.813301, Long: -79.156715
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Difficulty Moderate 
Distance 1.5 kilometres (one way) 
Time 1 hour
Washrooms Seasonally available near the Parks Canada Welcome Area
Parking There is free parking in the parking lot at the north end of the trailhead beside Zoo Road. Paid parking is available all year across the street at the Toronto Zoo. At the south trailhead, free parking is available all year off of Twyn Rivers Drive.

Trail Features

  • Fall colours and viewing platform – A two-level viewing deck built in collaboration with Ontario Power Generation, near the Parks Canada Welcome Area, is one of the best places to see fall colours in Toronto. The lookout provides spectacular views of the Little Rouge Creek and Rouge River valleys throughout the year.
  • Beare Hill – From the viewing platform you can see Beare Hill to the north. Once a landfill (it was decommissioned in 1983), today the hill is one of the highest points of land in the City of Toronto.
  • Ridge walks and forest diversity – Tree diversity and microclimates are a prominent feature along the trail’s forest ridge just past the viewing deck and hydro corridor. Here, maple and oak trees dot the warm southern slopes, while shady hemlock groves cover the cool northern aspects.