Evergreen Brick Works

February 3rd, 2016

I was lucky enough to visit the Evergreen Brick Works and learn about its fascinating history for a few hours this past summer. It was a stop during my Garden Blogger Fling. I thought I would share a bit about it since I think it would be a wonderful place to visit in the winter as well.

The Evergreen Brick Works is a former quarry and industrial site of the Don Valley Brick Works located in the Don River Valley in Toronto, Canada.

Brick Works quarry history

Many of the bricks from Toronto heritage homes and buildings were made at this factory from 1889 to 1984. The deteriorating buildings were restored and the environmentally sensitive land was naturalized and revitalized and was opened in 2010 as a community environmental centre. It is a “year-round destination for experimental learning, collaboration, fun and celebration on the themes of Nature, Culture and Community.”

Brick Works legend wall

A large legend hangs on a building highlighting the historical buildings where their bricks are located.

I found it to be a fascinating place to enjoy nature, learn something and have fun with all ages… and take in a little shopping too. There really is something for everyone at every age and I hope you enjoy some of the pictures I took during my visit.

Brick Works artwork

An artists’ metal artwork display depicting the waterways.

 

Brick Works seating

Great views of nature while taking in the history around you.

 

Brick Works river

Remarkable to see how nature has truly taken over what seemed so desolate from the historical pictures all around.

 

Brick Works playground

Lots for children to learn while they play.

 

Bike Works

Cyclists can enjoy the many trails and stop by for a tune up too!

According to the Evergreen Brickworks website there is plenty to do there in the winter so check out the calendar and get out and enjoy this gem of nature in the big city.

 

 

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