Don Valley Brick Works

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 to 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. They offer a variety of programs and events throughout the year.


Step outside and immerse yourself in the lush greenery that surrounds Evergreen Brick Works. Situated in the picturesque Don Valley, this urban oasis offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Stroll through the scenic trails, meander alongside the tranquil ponds, or simply relax amidst the native flora and fauna. It's a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.


From educational workshops to recreational programs, there's no shortage of activities to enjoy at Evergreen Brick Works. Engage in hands-on experiences like gardening workshops, sustainable living seminars, or even culinary classes featuring locally sourced ingredients. Be sure to check out the farmers market held on Saturdays. With activities suitable for all ages and interests, there's always something new to discover.

During winter visitors can enjoy a lovely skating rink that is open to the public for free skating.

Art and Culture

Art enthusiasts will delight in the vibrant cultural scene at Evergreen Brick Works. The site regularly hosts art exhibitions, installations, and live performances, showcasing the talents of local and international artists alike. Marvel at thought-provoking sculptures, immerse yourself in interactive installations, or simply soak in the creative energy that permeates the space. It's a feast for the senses and a celebration of Toronto's diverse artistic community.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Don Valley Brick Works Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
  • Sunday: Open 24 hours

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

Phone: (416) 596-7670

Official Website: Don Valley Brick Works

Don Valley Brick Works Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating This was a wonderful getaway close to and from the Downtown area! The old mine being revitalised as a green area is so great and lovely to see! There are some plaques for those who are interested in reading a bit about it, but it's mostly for you to walk, run, cycle and stroll through at your own pace! Luckily, it's only about an hour's worth of walking (going around the lake). But it is also linked to a neighbouring park via a trail on the west side, so you can always go there and back! Parking is decently priced, and I'd recommend 1h for just Evergreen, but perhaps 2h or more if you plan to spend an afternoon in total. The gift shops are also quite nice, but the park is really what you're here for. Have fun!
Benedek - 3 weeks ago

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4 Star Rating We went to Evergreen Brick Works on a Sunday afternoon. The location was easy access from the highway and surrounded by multiple paid large parking areas. Two hours was $8 and full day was $10 for the parking we parked. Definitely dog friendly and family friendly park. Lots of open space for kids to run around, there was also an indoor skateboarding class for kids. For sure the kids will have a lot of activity and funs. There's a restaurant and a garden center. The trails were unpaved which is usual the stairs were in okay condition so you won't get hurt because of the bad maintenance. Lots of wildlife which was nice to see. However be careful when you are walking in the trail especially in woods. We saw a small snake (one of my video and last picture) on the side of the trail looks like a tree branch. Parents or pets owners definitely should be more careful.
J T - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating Amazing place for outdoor activities and fishing. It’s especially beautiful in spring. Unfortunately restrooms are closing too early so after 5pm you should remember about it
Dasha Kostieva - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Hit up Evergreen Brick Works recently and it totally exceeded my expectations! This place is a wicked mix of old brick factory vibes and green, eco-friendly goodness. If you’re in Toronto and looking for something different to do, this is it. The weekend market is a highlight – you can snag some fresh local produce, grab a bite of something tasty, or pick up some unique crafts. It’s a chill way to support local folks and find some neat stuff. The area around is awesome for wandering, with trails where you can walk or bike and catch some pretty sweet views of the city and nature spots. They’ve got this outdoor area where kids can go wild and play, plus lots of cool programs that make learning about green living and sustainability actually fun. The people working there are super friendly and really into what they’re doing, which makes the whole place feel even more welcoming. So, whether you’re a history buff, nature lover, or just looking for a laid-back day out, Evergreen Brick Works has got you covered. Totally recommend dropping by to check out the vibe and see what’s happening. Definitely a breath of fresh air from your usual city spots. Can’t wait to head back and see what else they’ve got going on!
R K P - 4 months ago

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

How to get to Don Valley Brick Works 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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