Don Valley Brickworks

The natural environment and old buildings all set into a valley make Don Valley Brickworks a fascinating place to explore

Ponds paths and historic buildings at Don Valley Brickworks Park
Ponds paths and historic buildings at Don Valley Brickworks Park cc licensed photo by Loozrboy

Don Valley Brickworks is a former quarry and brick plant turned into parkland situated in the Don River Valley. The natural environment and old buildings all set into a valley make this a fascinating place to explore and photograph.

The site of Don Valley Brickworks was once a source of high quality clay ideal for producing top quality bricks. Beginning in 1889 a quarry was developed to obtain clay, shale, sand and water to produce the bricks. A plant and kilns were set up adjacent to the quarry to produce bricks which where used in the construction of many of Toronto's landmark buildings including the Massey Hall and Casa Loma. At its peak the company was producing 114,000 bricks every day.

Eventually the clay, shale and sand were used up. In 1994 reclamation of the site began. The quarry was filled and landscaped. Three ponds along with a meadow and forest were created in the space formerly occupied by the quarry. Wildflowers, shrubs and native trees were planted around the ponds. In 1997 the reclaimed site was opened to the public. Since that time many species of wildlife have inhabited the site including fish that have entered into the ponds from the Don River.

A non-profit organization called Evergreen Brick Works has taken over responsibility for the old buildings on the site, converting them into a cultural and educational centre.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: 550 Bayview Ave #300, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8, Canada

Phone: (416) 596-1495

Official Website: Don Valley Brickworks

Directions

TTC Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Bloor-Danforth Broadview0 Minutes
Yonge-University-Spadina St. Clair Station30 Minutes

How to get to Don Valley Brickworks by TTC Subway

Your best option is from Broadview Stationwhere you can catch the free Evergreen Brickworks Shuttle Bus at Erindale Ave, east of Broadview Ave (just north of Broadview subway station). It runs daily every 30 minutes or so. Schedules are available on the Evergreen Brickworks website linked to near the bottom of the article.

From St. Clair Station take the #88 South Leaside bus south to Bayview Avenue at Moore. Continue walking south along Bayview Avenue 2.2 km to the Don Valley Brickworks which is on the right side of the road. Note on Saturdays only during the summer from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm you can take the 28A To Brickworks via Bayview from Davisville Station and no walking is required.

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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5

4 Star Rating A fantastic place to visit with some really great things going on here. Local farmers markets and a great garden center. There is also a local micro brew beer fest as well as a winter skating rink. It is now however the "IT" place with a lot of traffic and touristy. Decent facilities whether you drive, walk, cycle, hike or take the TTC in. Pricing is a bit high but as per usual for a touristy spot now. They also have local bike repair and purchase facilities and a dog off-leash area. If you are looking for a more quiet and natural location you may need to go further, but as a downtown location, its stellar and there is always something happening and is great for kids.

Rolando Tecson - 7 days ago

4 Star Rating Went for the first time, what a gem of a place! It was a calm nature getaway, you couldn't tell it was beside the major roads. The trails were icy at this time of year, so will definitely come back in the summer. The skating rink seemed popular with kids, and the street food market (part of Winter Village event) had great atmosphere!

Elsie Lo - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating Evergreen Brick Works celebrates Christmas like no other. Our journey was set to get a live tree. Several buildings are set with decorations and small pop-up stores, the restaurant, skating rink, and finally Christmas trees for sale. Walk around the site with a hot tea, hot chocolate, or hot beverage, and stroll through the various venues. The staff is extremely helpful during the tree selection process, carrying, cutting, trimming, and loading the tree on the car. We got two trees and were lucky enough to get the last stand. Merry Christmas to all!

Michael Bethke - 28 days ago

5 Star Rating They used this place to excavate clay for bricks from 1889 to 1989 thus it's name. I like it because it combines history, culture and the outdoors in one experience. You can skate, shop, eat, hike, let the dogs leash free in a specially enclosed park. You can go on a guided tour, attend a workshop, see a play and buy native Ontario trees and plants. You can also go on a super long walk... so each time you visit the experience can be different or it can be the same. Weekends get very busy in the lot due to the Farmer's Market so come early or take a shuttle bus from Broadview Station. This is one of my favourite of the newer Toronto destinations! The only thing is the parking could be a bit less for the half hour and hour options!!!

Hellen Alatzakis - 29 days ago

5 Star Rating Gorgeous atmosphere! The farmer's market is fantastic and the interior of the brick factory is historically stunning. The initiative and design of the whole area is great. There are a couple little places like a cafe and a small shop and it's great to walk around and see everything. There's a great view of the city from the top of the hill.

Truman Thompson - 1 month ago

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The 2009 opening of Evergreen Brickworks

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