The Rouge River flows south from the Oak Ridges Moraine through parts of the Regions of York and Durham and through the eastern part of the City of Toronto. It's watershed comprises over 330 square kilometres, and a significant part of it remains as agricultural or undeveloped park land. Rouge Park was created by the Province of Ontario in 1995 with land in Toronto, Pickering, Stouffville and Markham, and in 2011, the federal government announced a plan to make it Canada's first national park within an urban area. Since then, the various levels of government and local conservation groups have worked to make this a reality.
Find research materials on the Rouge in the Toronto Collection in the Humanities & Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library and the Society & Recreation and Canadiana Departments at North York Central Library. Some titles may also be available at other library branches.
Searching the Library Website
Use the column at the left on the Library search page to focus and limit your search by type of material, date, library branch or subject.
Other terms related to river valley issues:
- Watershed management
- Urban ecology
You can find magazine and newspaper articles on the Rouge by searching the library’s electronic databases. Try Academic Onefile, Canadian Newsstand Major Dailies, Canadian Newsstand Torstar, Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA), Canadian Periodicals Index (CPIQ).
These can be searched inside the library, or from home or school using your Toronto Public Library card.
Suggested Magazines and Journals
Magazines, newspapers, or newsletters that discuss watershed issues:
Rouge Park Connections (1997-2003)
For further assistance contact:
Humanities & Social Sciences Department, Toronto Reference Library
trlhss @ torontopubliclibrary.ca