Canada’s First Urban Park

Grandpa Richard loves hiking.

I do not do it as much as I would like to, but I enjoy taking my camera and getting out on a trail. In both Hamilton and Toronto we are blessed with great places to go hiking. Hamilton has its portion of the Bruce Trail and Toronto has trails along many of its rivers, like the Black Creek and the Rouge.

The Rouge Valley has been selected as Canada’s first national urban park. When it formally opens to the public, Rouge Valley National Urban Park will have woodland trails, wetlands, an education and interpretive centre, cultural events and examples of sustainable agriculture.

As a hiker who likes natural trails, I hope and trust that they do not pave over any more of the trails. That is what I love about most of the Rouge trails. They are close to their original natural version. Not friendly for baby strollers, but there are other trails nearby that are. We were out on one of those recently, and it is not our idea of how we like to hike. Too many cyclists and roller bladers zooming by. I think we will stick to the more rugged sections of the trail.

And if you want an even more rugged version right within the GTA, there is the Seaton trails further east of the Rouge. I do not get over there enough!

Rouge Valley national park will get $145 million from federal government
Ottawa will announce on Friday it is committing almost $145 million to create the country’s first national urban park along the GTA’s Rouge Valley, the Toronto Star has learned. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Environment Minister Peter Kent will …


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