National Parks, often called America’s Best Idea, were a great idea for Canada as well. Very soon after the first National Park in America was established, Canada designated Banff their first National Park as well. While Banff is well known, Canada has over 40 national parks at this time.
Even though they have a fantastic park system, the Canadian Government had a quandary. How do you make sure the people of Canada have easy access? A lot of Canada is loosely populated – with almost 10% of Canada’s population residing in the General Toronto Area. While there are beautiful parks throughout the nation, are they truly close enough to be experienced by the people? So in 2011, the Canadian government announced they’d work with the existing Rouge park and launch it as the nation’s first National Urban Park in Toronto.
I was welcomed to this unique park initiative, which is still in process, by Parks Canada. They are very proud of their efforts – and that pride is well deserved.
Not only will you find the nature conservation of a national park, but you’ll find several different ecozones to learn and enjoy with easy access to Toronto via train, bus or car. It is very close to the Toronto Zoo, and I think it would be great to split the day between the nature of Rouge Park and the educational fun of the zoo.
Resource : Parks Canada – Rouge National Urban Park
I was a guest of Parks Canada during my day in Rouge National Urban Park, part of a larger initiative by the city of Toronto to host travel bloggers during TBEX.