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

Currently Closed

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, 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 4.6 out of 5Evergreen Brick Works Star Rating

4 Star Rating Really nice place to visit, I think we would have a better time in summer or more so in fall when the trees are changing color. The main paths are all cleared if snow, but the trails are extremely ice covered. Nice farmers market with alot of vendors. We will be back here.

Karl Rocha - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Wonderful place. I love everything about it, from the Farmer's Market (which honestly isn't as big as it sounds) to the food vendors, bike shop, and hikes around Don Valley. I really support their values, to teach people of environment and sustainability, and to feed people good, clean food to help grow cities.

Fani H - 18 days ago

5 Star Rating Great place. Evergreen valley is a great place in summer for walking, cycling, trekking, full of green in summer, where as in winter full of snow.. place for 🎿, little shopping... Good coffee.. snacks and farmers market.. nice place in a little distance from the city of Toronto..

Susheela B V - 26 days ago

5 Star Rating The Brick Works is one of my favourite places in Toronto. I've cycled all the way there via from the Western end of the Kay Gardner Belt Line and through to Tommy Thompson Park. The winter skating here through the old buildings is so much fun. Art is everywhere and adds a wonderfully unique atmosphere to the place. The kid's space is terrific. The trails are interesting and beautiful. And the events here always well done.

Shyla Tibando - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I got to try rock climbing for the first time and I loved it. The old renovated factory and location is absolutely beautiful. There is so much to do here and their little cafe is nice as well. Staff are friendly and food is a bit pricey but good. Went here for a school field trip. 👍

Rokatsu - 2 months ago

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The 2009 opening of Evergreen Brickworks

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