A variety of natural landscapes is found in the Park, from the rolling hills of the glacial Oak Ridges Moraine north of Toronto,
to the vast wetlands and sandy beach where the Rouge River empties into Lake Ontario. The Park thus provides a vital reservoir of
biodiversity in the Petticoat Creek, Duffins Creek and Rouge River watersheds in the Toronto area of the Ontario Greenbelt. Rouge
Park includes many of the best examples of forests, meadows, ponds and wetlands in the highly populated area near Canada's
largest city. We undertake a wide array of restoration projects to improve the quality of the Park's habitats for future generations.
Human history is also an important part of our Park. Our watersheds are rich in archaeological evidence of
extensive and diverse human occupation. We are proud to have two National Historic Sites of aboriginal origin
within the Park. The legacy of early European settlers to the area continues in the families who still farm
lands in Rouge Park today. The beauty of the Rouge River and its environs have played a role in the artistic
life of Canada, as Frederick Horsman Varley of Canada's famed Group of Seven painters and many other artists
have found inspiration here. Today we have even more diverse languages and cultures in our area as we work to
connect the past with the living cultures of the present.
In addition to our Natural and Cultural Heritage Programmes, Rouge Park supports active Visitor Experience and
Communications Programmes. We also assist public and private land owners in our watersheds to improve the environmental
management of their properties. In 2005, we were proud to receive the "Protecting Tomorrow Today" award from the Ontario
Parks Association, recognizing our leading role in environmental protection and heritage land management.
We strive to involve the community in major Park planning decisions and to celebrate their connection to this great
public asset. Each year, we recognize those who help us to make this Park a success with the Rouge Park Awards. You can
stay involved by subscribing to our on-line news list or reading our exciting newsletter, Connections. Of course, none
of this would be possible without the support and creativity of our staff. We have strong expertise in ecology,
education, communications and environmental management.