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Discover the Rouge River Watershed during Rouge Days from June 5 to June 8

May 29, 2014



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 (Toronto, May 28, 2014) From June 5-8, thousands will be celebrating Rouge Days, a four day celebration of the people, places, history, flora and fauna of the Rouge River Watershed, an extraordinary natural resource in Southern Ontario that spans 336 km2 of land and water and includes Rouge National Urban Park.


Rouge Days 2014 includes 15 free, family fun outdoor events taking place in Toronto, Markham, Richmond Hill and Pickering to help residents discover the beauty of the Rouge. It includes a wide variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy, from guided nature walks at Rouge Park, eco-explorations with Rouge Conservation Centre, bird hikes at Rouge Marsh, the launch of the Environmental Geotour at the Markham Museum, Rouge River paddle at Glen Rouge Campground, a Rouge River walk with Deputy Mayor Jack Heath, a photo scavenger hunt, a farm to table event, a wildflower planting and a living exhibit on the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel. To celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Rouge Days, organizers are hosting a special Kick-Off event, Glee in the Park Prowl after Dark, an evening filled with outdoor musical performances, campsite activities, refreshments and an evening hike.

For full information of all Rouge Days events please visit:

Rouge Days is a joint collaborative event led by Toronto and Region Conservation and partners with Rouge Park, Parks Canada, City of Markham, Region of York, Town of Richmond Hill, City of Toronto, Durham Region, Rouge Valley Mennonite Church, Rouge Valley Conservation Centre, City of Pickering, Markham Environmental Advisory Committee, Toronto Adventures and Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.

Rouge Days Kick - off  Celebration: Glee in the Park, Prowl after Dark!

Help kick off the 5th Annual Rouge Days at an outdoor evening event with musical performances, campsite activities and an evening hike. Enjoy outdoor musical performances by student singing groups from Annunciation Catholic Elementary School and Lester B. Pearson Collegiate. Enjoy some Bbq fare and drinks by local vendor Grillin' Like A Villain Food Truck.  

As part of the kick-off event, Parks Canada will host a traditional Canadian campfire. Participants will have the chance to cozy up by the fire, make their own bannock bread and s'mores, and sing-along to some classic Canadian campfire songs. Parks Canada's kid-friendly mascot, Parka, will also be present.

Learn more about the exciting Rouge Days events being planned and the organizations hosting the events. Attendees will also get to participate in a guided hike of the Rouge Park trails and learn what local animals prowl through the park at dark!

Kick off opening remarks: 5:00 p.m. - Pam Veinotte of Parks Canada & Mike Bender of TRCA Rouge Park

Glee in the park performance: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

When: Thursday, June 5; 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where:  Rouge Valley Conservation Centre, 1749 Meadowvale Road at Zoo Road. Follow the signs up the ramp to the zoo entrance and go east at the light as you get to the top of the hill.

Parking:  Follow the signs to Parking lot 4.

Admission: Admission is free but pre-registration is required. To register visit

Media registration:  Contact, 416-661-6600 ext 5632





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