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.