Beach & Boardwalk Project

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Draft conceptual renderings offer us a glimpse of a reimagined Rouge Beach and Wetland area where careful planning, enhanced visitor services and park presence,  addressing rising water levels and eroding shoreline and wetland restoration and ecological health gains will ensure the long term protection and enjoyment of this cherished location.

Thank you for visiting us!

Your voice and opinions are important to us as we work to protect and improve Rouge National Urban Park for all Canadians.

PLEASE NOTE: The “Let's Talk Rouge” webpages are no longer being updated.

To view more about the project's background and status updates, and to share your ideas about the project, please visit our new community engagement website.

The Rouge Beach Improvements Project's public engagement phase will continue until May 1, 2021.


This project features a revitalization of the Beach Day Use Area, one of the most visited areas in Rouge National Urban Park; a new signature trail that will provide an in-park connection from Rouge Beach to the existing Mast trail; and a revitalization of the existing Mast Trailhead, which will be the northern limit of this new signature trail. This project will enhance and further protect the natural and cultural integrity of the area and foster meaningful connections to its beauty and rich history.

We want to hear from you! During the engagement phase of this project, our team will use a variety of tools and techniques to ensure you have the opportunity to provide your feedback, even with COVID 19 physical distancing measures in place. Engagement for this project will rely heavily on web and social media platforms. We all look forward to when we can make more in person connections but for now, , we'll make sure we receive all your input, whether online or over the phone.

Please click on the "Newsfeed" tool below for more information on this project, key milestones, and updates. Click on the Ideas, Stories, and Survey tools to share your comments, concerns and great ideas!

Visit often! We look forward to hearing from you!




Thank you for visiting us!

Your voice and opinions are important to us as we work to protect and improve Rouge National Urban Park for all Canadians.

PLEASE NOTE: The “Let's Talk Rouge” webpages are no longer being updated.

To view more about the project's background and status updates, and to share your ideas about the project, please visit our new community engagement website.

The Rouge Beach Improvements Project's public engagement phase will continue until May 1, 2021.


This project features a revitalization of the Beach Day Use Area, one of the most visited areas in Rouge National Urban Park; a new signature trail that will provide an in-park connection from Rouge Beach to the existing Mast trail; and a revitalization of the existing Mast Trailhead, which will be the northern limit of this new signature trail. This project will enhance and further protect the natural and cultural integrity of the area and foster meaningful connections to its beauty and rich history.

We want to hear from you! During the engagement phase of this project, our team will use a variety of tools and techniques to ensure you have the opportunity to provide your feedback, even with COVID 19 physical distancing measures in place. Engagement for this project will rely heavily on web and social media platforms. We all look forward to when we can make more in person connections but for now, , we'll make sure we receive all your input, whether online or over the phone.

Please click on the "Newsfeed" tool below for more information on this project, key milestones, and updates. Click on the Ideas, Stories, and Survey tools to share your comments, concerns and great ideas!

Visit often! We look forward to hearing from you!




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    TRUMPETER SWANS

    by hosers, 4 months ago

    My husband and I built a home here and followed every rule from the various government agencies that protect this area. Trust me they were numerous. How can you possibly consider a boardwalk that will disrupt countless species that call this place home. The following example is why we should not proceed with any kind of boardwalk.

    For the first time in decades a beautiful native Trumpeter Swan tagged P22 came to the Rouge found a mate and they practiced there nest building skills and mating rituals as they were too young to start their family. Well guess what happened... Continue reading

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    As the Beatles sang "Let it be"

    by Olav and Robbie, 4 months ago

    The Rouge National Urban Park represents a beautiful tract of land within the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. From the Let's Talk Rouge National Urban Park website a key sentence in the context of what this park is about:

    “Once fully established, Rouge National Urban Park will be one of the largest and best protected urban parks of its kind in the world, …”

    Let’s start there; this is a bold statement. Nowhere on any website government or otherwise does it state/plan or indicated how this be will achieved. To repeat “ … best protected parks of its kind... Continue reading

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    Peace and wildlife

    by sunshinesincda28, 4 months ago
    My husband and I have lives on Dyson Road for 3 years now and we bought our property because of the marsh and wetlands that are home to many species of birds and wildlife that we appreciate having in our backyard! When we were designing our home to be built we took into careful consideration of keeping the land around us as it already was and believe me we had to abide by all of the laws of the environmental protection act and not to disturb the earth and water that we own. We couldn’t just cut down trees and... Continue reading
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    The wildlife that will lose out

    by Anil Sanwalka, 4 months ago

    We moved to Dyson Rd, on the east side of the Rouge ravine, only 5 years ago. Primarily for the view and the access to the ravine.

    We have been blessed by many of the visitors we have had to our property. These magnificent animals would be greatly affected by the proposed boardwalk. They would be forced out during the construction and would never return with all the traffic through their homeland.


    On a personal level, a boardwalk in the area would obliterate our privacy and the enjoyment of our backyards with the thousands of people in the area right... Continue reading

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    Past Present & Future

    by Redbud, 7 months ago

    I’ve been visiting the mouth of the Rouge River for nearly 40 years, initially with my children and more recently as a volunteer, helping to protect the Rouge Park so that my grandchildren and future generations can continue to enjoy this special place. The sound of frogs calling on warm wet evenings, heron fishing, beaver busy in the shallows and turtles basking on floating logs among the lily pads, this is the Rouge wetland.

    “Southern Ontario has lost up to 68 percent of its natural wetlands” and “Scientists estimate that about a third of all North American species at risk... Continue reading