Research Guide to the Rouge River (Ontario)

June 28, 2014 | Katherine

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Getting Started

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 TorontoIt'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

    Suggested Keywords

Rouge River

Rouge Valley

Rouge Park

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:

  •     Pollution
  •     Rivers
  •     Streams
  •     Conservation
  •     Watersheds
  •     Watershed management
  •     Wetlands
  •     Urban ecology


    Suggested Titles

Rouge River Valley--an Urban Wilderness

The Rouge River Valley: An Urban Wilderness Also as an  eBook

Rouge River watershed plan : towards a healthy and sustainable future : report of the Rouge Watershed Task Force.  (also available online in pdf)

Rouge Park progress report : Rouge Park, a partnership in natural & cultural heritage protection

The Rouge Park : an introduction (Rev.)

A Rouge Valley landmark : the James Pearce Jr. House

Earth science survey of the Rouge Valley Park

Guide to the vascular plants and wildlife of the Rouge River valley in Metropolitan Toronto and Durham Region

A general biological survey of the lower Rouge River marsh and river valley

    Suggested Articles

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)

Connections (2004-)  (Also available online)

Toronto Field Naturalist

Morgan House Rouge Hill

    Additional Online Sources

Rouge Park

Rouge National Urban Park Initiative

Toronto & Region Conservation Authority (TRCA): Rouge River Watershed

Rouge Valley Conservation Centre

Rouge River Valley Hiking

Review of Provincially Significant Wetlands in the City of Toronto

10,000 Trees for the Rouge

West Rouge Community Association

Rouge National Urban Park

 For further assistance contact:

Humanities & Social Sciences Department, Toronto Reference Library
trlhss @


See also: Research Guide to the Don River (Ontario)

              Research Guide to the Humber River (Ontario)