Nestled in the heart of Toronto, Evergreen Brickworks is a stunning, secluded park that offers a wide variety of activities during every season of the year. This former quarry and industrial site were completely transformed into a hub for promoting community and sustainability. Enjoy free ice-skating in the winter, biking in the spring, long hikes in the summer, and exquisite foliage watching in the fall. You won’t want to miss the unique art installations that can be found throughout the park. It is an ideal spot for families, couples, friends, and dog owners to feel completely removed from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Take a hike up to the top of the hill, and follow Lookout Path to check out vistas overlooking the entire park and across the city skyline. It will only take you about 20 minutes to reach the top. If the weather is working in your favour, you will spot the CN Tower. From that viewpoint in the fall, the park looks especially colourful. In the winter, bundle up and get cozy around the fireplace near the children’s garden, or order delicious food and drinks at Cafe Belong.
Experience weekly “Winter Wednesdays” in January and February, which offers free skating, hot chocolate or something a little stronger, as well as food trucks. Skate rentals are $5/pair, and lessons are available. In addition, there’s a sipping station from November to May, where you can purchase craft beer, tea, coffee, soda, and cider. Other activities include bocce ball, giant Jenga, and street curling. It is a perfect place for a date night under the stars. When the warm weather rolls around, “Summer Wednesdays” replace cold wintry activities.
Open daily, Evergreen Brickworks hosts a wide range of markets, festivals, and attractions that support local vendors. The space is especially known for its year-round Saturday Farmers Market, which features only the freshest food from Ontario farmers. At the end of November, the Christmas tree market sells the best trees in the city. Take a peek inside the Evergreen Garden Market to find anything from trees or flowers to gifts and locally crafted items.
Located in the Don Valley, the former brick-making factory has preserved its historic exposed brick buildings for everyone to visit. The area highly encourages sustainable practices with workshops, conferences, and activities to spread the word. In the next year, it will be undergoing renovations to create a hub for innovation and sustainability.
DID YOU KNOW? There is a FREE shuttle bus that operates 7 days a week from Broadview Subway Station to the Evergreen Brickworks.
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Distance from Toronto: N/A
Admission Cost: Paid Parking
Time of Year: All Seasons
Hours: Check Here
Trail Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Washroom Facilities: Yes
Contact: (416) 596-1495
- You can even take a guided tour through the community centre to see the old abandoned kilns and check out all the secret spots that are perfect for photoshoots
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