City of Pickering has transferred 10 parcels of land totaling 8.22 hectares (20.3 acres) to Parks Canada to help complete Rouge National Urban Park.
Once completed, Rouge National Urban Park will span an area 79 km2 in size, making it one of the world’s largest protected areas in an urban setting – 19 times larger than Vancouver’s Stanley Park, and 23 times bigger than New York’s Central Park. Rouge National Urban Park is home to more than 1,700 species of plants and animals, over 10,000 years of human history and cultural heritage, and some of the rarest and most fertile farmland in Canada.
Rouge National Urban Park protects nature, culture, and agriculture in an integrated way, and stretches from Lake Ontario to the Oak Ridges Moraine across the cities of Toronto, Markham, and Pickering and the Township of Uxbridge. Parks Canada is planning to expand the park’s trail network and link up with trails outside the park located in the cities of Toronto, Markham and Pickering, and in the Township of Uxbridge.
Parks Canada now directly manages or has an interest in more than 80% of the lands identified for Rouge National Urban Park by all levels of government.
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