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 4.5 out of 5Evergreen Brick Works Star Rating

5 Star Rating Fantastic little gem of green space not too far from Toronto. Evergreen brickworks is a stellar example of how to reclaim old, hazardous spaces and make breathe new life into them as sustainable community areas. The space has a great Cafe that serves hot/cold drinks, desserts, and beer. Attached is a full service restaurant with a great seasonal menu. Outside are a string of trails that lead to a fantastic view of the city.

Zachary H - 1 day ago

4 Star Rating Great place for a walk and the kids to run around. Very little indoor seating to enjoy the vendors though. Need to add more. We want to stay and enjoy the food, a little higher priced so you may also want to just bring your own, but we ended up having our own snacks and leaving for lunch as there was no where to sit which is hard with kids. Great outdoor natural playground. Cute indoor little market and seed area. Lots of dogs and places to walk them. We really enjoy our walks/visit there.

Karen Brackley - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This place is fantastic. It is a great place to enjoy the farmers market and support local farmers in thr area. Lots of activities for the family. The facility has been retrofitted from a factory to a community centre and has preserved much of its rich history. I highly recommend this place for anyone who wishes to explore the facility.

Kien Hoang - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Great place to visit! Only been there during winter so I'm sure it's even more fun during Spring-Summer. Varied shops, farmers market (especially liked the Ontario cheeses!) hiking trail, food trucks, mini curling for the kids.

Pavel Guarisma - 1 month 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 - 3 months ago

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The 2009 opening of Evergreen Brickworks

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