Hidden away in the quiet community of West Rouge on the edge of Lake Ontario,
the Waterfront Trail is one of Toronto's hidden gems. It offers over 3.8 km of continuous
waterfront trail and 13.5 hectares of waterfront green space. The trail features cobble
beaches, scenic vistas, a beautiful natural landscape and a large peninsula which would
be perfect for a family picnic. Along the waterfront trail people enjoy a variety of
activities, including walking with family, friends and pets, running, cycling, canoeing,
fishing and yoga to name just a few. The western end of the trail begins with a
pedestrian bridge at the mouth of Highland Creek and extends along the waterfront of
West Rouge to Rouge Beach Park. There is also a large village common area just
north of the waterfront trail which includes a great playground for children, including a
wading river and water play area to enjoy in the summer.
Phase 1 of the Waterfront Trail in West Rouge has been open to the public since 2006.
A pedestrian bridge was built over Highland Creek and the waterfront trail extended to
the Rouge Hill GO train station. Funding of $25 million was provided by Waterfront
Toronto to make this beautiful waterfront trail what it is today. In 2006, the Toronto and
Region Conservation planted 78 trees, 986 shrubs, 500 wildflowers and over 1000
perennials to enhance the beauty of the trail.
In November of 2012 Phase 2, the final stage of the project. was completed. This phase connected the waterfront trail from village common area just west of Rouge Hill GO Train station to the east end of the trail at Rouge Beach Park. The pedestrian bridge and gateway at this end of the park is known as the Western Gateway and connects the Waterfront Trail in West Rouge to the City of Pickering.
The Waterfront Trail in West Rouge was created to achieve the following objectives: (established by the Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) - http://trca.on.ca/protect/ environmental-assessment-projects/port-union-waterfront-improvement-project.dot)
Pedestrians can access the Waterfront Trail in West Rouge in one of three ways:
The Waterfront Trail in West Rouge is also easily accessible from Downtown Toronto. If you take the GO Train from Union Station east along Lakeshore, you get off at Rouge Hill Station and trail entrance is just 300 m west of the station and can be accessed by a pedestrian tunnel.