Rouge National Urban Park contains large tracts of fertile Class 1 farmland and is the first federal protected area in Canada to protect agriculture as well as nature and cultural heritage.
Parks Canada works with more than 300 Indigenous communities across the country to conserve, restore, and present these special places, while recognizing the role of Indigenous People in Canada and the traditional use of these areas.
Settlers first arrived in the Rouge Valley in 1799. Over the next two centuries, the lands of the Rouge Valley were used in many different ways. Today, traces of this history can still be found in many areas of the park.