Rouge Woods gets its name from the Rouge River which traverses this neighbourhood. The Woods part of the name would make reference to the abundant parkland that dots this neighbourhood. There are ten parks and seven schools in this neighbourhood including the highly ranked Bayview Secondary School which offers the International Baccalaureate program. This neighbourhood also boast three shopping centres. Rouge Woods is a mature neighbourhood however it is still experiencing some new home development along its north border at Bayview Avenue and Elgin Mills Road.
There are lots of shopping options on the borders of this neighbourhood. To begin with their is Richmond Hill Smart Centres located at the northeast corner of Bayview Avenue and Major Mackenzie Drive east. Additional shopping destinations include the Shoppes of Heritage Hollow on Elgin Mills Road East and Leslie Centre a large outdoor plaza located at 1390 Major Mackenzie Dr E.
Rouge Woods houses come in a variety of different sizes and style ranging from detached homes to townhomes. These houses were built in the 1990s and early 2000s. They are mostly brick with single or double car garages. There are still a few pockets of land in the north part of this neighbourhood that are currently being developed into high density townhome enclaves.
Rouge Woods Community Centre located at 110 Shirley Drive has an indoor gymnasium and community meeting rooms. The rear of the centre has a large outdoor greenspace with a soccer field, four tennis courts and a basketball court.
Boynton House is an exhibition art space located at 1300 Elgin Mills Road East on the grounds of Richmond Green Park. This arts facility is situated in a heritage home that dates back to 1875. Art shows take place here throughout the year. The facility also is used for social functions and meetings.