You can paddle through Canada's only urban national park for free June 15

Jun 6 2019, 8:52 pm

As summer slowly starts to focus in our sights, what better way to embrace the sunshine than out on a kayak on the water? And we’re not just talking about Lake Ontario.

For its sixth season, the Wildlands League is presenting Paddle the Rouge, offering nature lovers an opportunity to cruise through the Rouge River on a canoe or kayak for free on Saturday, June 15.

The Rouge River meanders through the Rouge National Urban Park, Canada’s first national urban park just east of Scarborough. So you can take in the hundreds of species of plant and animals around you and escape into nature all while being a stone’s throw away from the bustling city.

After your paddle, rest easy on the beach and enjoy live music, face-painting, and the marketplace, while refuelling with a picnic or at the food trucks onsite.

Canoe and kayak rentals are offered, but of course, you can bring your own.

The Wildlands League is also offering two free Learn-to-Paddle sessions for youth aged 5-18. While these sessions are full at the moment, keep checking on the website to see if space opens up, and to get more event details.

Paddle The Rouge at Rouge National Urban Park

When: Saturday, June 15, from 8 am to 5 pm.
Where: 195 Rouge Hills Drive
Price: Single kayak rental is $55, tandem kayak rental is $90, and a canoe rental is $90. The fees cover a two-hour boat rental, life jackets, paddles, emergency kit, snacks, and beverages. Sales ends June 13

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