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 VisitFee: No
Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.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
|TTC Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Yonge-University-Spadina||St. Clair Station||30 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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Ratedout of 5
Love the Saturday farmers market or passing through when I go biking on the bike trails. Great view from the top, especially during the summer or as the leaves change colour in the fall. Love the winding paths out back. Well done! Great art installations inside from time to time. Love this place! I love how the area was reclaimed and how it only rents to businesses that have green initiatives.
Eurah Park - 2 days ago
Interesting re-appropriation of the space. What was once a factory that polluted the skies has been turned into an exhibit for environmental awareness. There's some beautiful architecture, intriguing graffiti, surrounding parkland and family friendly activities. Only downside is the price-tag attached to pretty much everything.
Luc Houle - 1 month ago
Neat little market with a small ice skating rink, children's area, outdoor food trucks and indoor cafe/restaurant located in Toronto's original and largest brick factory. Accessible shuttle from Broadview station. Cold outdoor eating area so dress warm during the winter. Scenic short path to enjoy a walk amongst the trees and lake.
Bow Cheung - 1 month ago
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 - 3 months ago