Newcomer Youth Nori’s experience at Rouge Urban National Park

Abdi Health and Recreation News, SWIS News

On June 28th, 2019, Parkbus and Parks Canada graciously offered a free guided bus tour to Rouge Urban National Park to the newcomer students and families from the Bickford Centre. What sets this trip apart from the regular Park Bus shuttle is that it not only included a Hiking Essentials workshop but also a guided hike along the Mast Trail’s beautiful ridge, which ended at the Little Rouge Creek where the participants had their lunch break picnic. The day was perfect and all 33 newcomers thoroughly enjoyed the trip, as for most of them this was their first visit to a Canadian National Park.
” This trip would not have been possible without the generous support from Park Bus and Parks Canada.I speak on behalf of the whole class when I say that it was really enjoyable. I have already hiked through many paths in and around the GTA, but the Rouge Valley was my first time as was the case for most of our classmates.

It would have been too wide to hike by ourselves, fortunately for us, we were provided with 6 friendly volunteer guides to orient us and make the experience all the more satisfying. They were very helpful in showing us around in the park. During guided walks, we saw a variety of landscapes, including forests, farmlands and wooden areas. They were natural, cultural and agricultural areas to explore. We learned something new from century old trees and peaceful meadows.

I couldn’t believe it was free event. We took a shuttle bus that took us there. I sat on the back part of the bus seats, that’s why I felt like a riding jet rollercoaster. I’d like to go there again in the near future. On behalf of all my classmates and I of the Level 8 Bickford Class, we wish to express our sincere gratitude to you, Barbara, as the Program Worker; your manager at Culturelink, Abdi; as well as Stanley for presenting us with this wonderful opportunity and for arranging transportation through the Parkbus Program. We very much enjoyed it and hope many others will too”.


Warm Regards, Nori Funabashi (for the Level 8 Bickford Class). July 9, 2019.