BEST HIKE

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ROUGE PARK Ge­orge Pearse House, 2262 Mead­ow­vale There are so many great nooks and cran­nies to get lost in, but avid hik­ers will tell you you haven’t hiked in T.O. un­til you’ve roamed in Rouge Park. Breath­tak­ing trails wind through 12,000 acres of forests, mead­ows, wet­lands, beach and, of course, rolling glacial Oak Ridges Mo­raine hills. Per­haps the most scenic is ac­ces­si­ble by jump­ing on the Scarborough 86 bus to the Zoo, then set­ting out

from the his­toric Pearse House, near the en­trance, through wooded brush that yields to gor­geous cliff-top views of the Rouge River, fol­lowed by a river­bank stroll among nosh­ing beavers hard at work. Too far? Our run­ner-up fol­lows High­land Creek from Colonel Dan­forth Park at Kingston Road north of Lawrence all the way to the Scarborough Bluffs. For de­tails on both th­ese ur­ban es­capes, check out www.toron­to­hik­ing.com.

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