Featured Parks

Don Valley Brick Works Park

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Don Valley Brick Works Park is one of the City of Toronto's most valued natural environment parks.  Managed by the City of Toronto, this internationally significant public park is located directly north of the Evergreen Brick Works building complex in the heart of the Lower Don River watershed.  The remarkable transformation of this former quarry site into a nature sanctuary highlights the City of Toronto's dedication to healthy and diverse ecosystems.

Important Construction Notice:

Don Valley Brick Works Park North Entrance Construction

City of Toronto will begin construction on a new north entrance trail connecting The Beltline Trail to Don Valley Brick Works Park.  Work is scheduled to begin October 2016, and completion is expected Winter 2016/2017.  

Existing official entrances will remain open during construction. The Belt Line trail and DVBW Park trails may experience some constriction or temporary closure during certain phases of construction.

Please respect all trail closures and signage.  Stay clear of all construction areas and vehicles.

For more information, please visit the project page.

History & Ecological Restoration

Great Blue Heron on the floating bioislands.From 1889 to 1989, Don Valley Brick Works was a thriving brick making and distribution industry in the heart of Toronto.  Today, Don Valley Brick Works Park is a flagship restoration site, providing crucial natural habitat for a variety of species.   Restoration began in 1995 under the City of Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. 

The Natural Environment and Community Programs Unit of Urban Forestry, City of Toronto, took the lead on restoration efforts, and continues to coordinate ecosystem management of the park.  You can help the City of Toronto manage and protect the park by following our Code of Conduct during your visit!

Diverse Habitats

Today, this former quarry has been transformed into valuable and diverse habitats; including wetlands, wild flower meadows, forest habitats, and steep cliff faces.   

Having a wide range of diverse natural habitats is very important.  Different types of ecosystems provide homes to numerous species of animals and plants, while also providing more extensive ecological services. 

For example, the wetland in Don Valley Brick Works Park provides habitat for numerous turtle species and also helps to clean the water heading out to the Don River.   The wildflower meadows are important habitat for pollinators, and the forests excel at improving air quality.

The different habitats that make up Don Valley Brick Works Park all do their part to provide a safe and healthy place for plants and animals living within the City of Toronto.

Educational Features

Thanks to the generous support of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, Don Valley Brick Works Park now has exciting new interpretive features, aimed at providing self-guided park visitors with a way to learn about the park's history, restoration and ecological importance. 

Explore the past, present and future of this exciting park as you follow our educational signage through the Weston Family Quarry Garden (once the quarry pit), along the pond boardwalks, and up to Governor's Lookout.

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Our Neighbours

The heritage industrial buildings on site which once manufactured bricks are now home to the environmental community centre Evergreen Brick Works.  These buildings, located between Don Valley Brick Works Park and Bayview Ave, have been leased by the City of Toronto to the charity Evergreen, who opened Evergreen Brick Works in 2010.  For more information visit www.evergreen.ca

Guided Tours

On select Saturdays from May through September, join us for one of our guided tours.  Tours discuss a diverse set of topics, ranging from ecology to geology and are led by experienced tour leaders and staff.  Please check our schedule for more details.

Educational Signage for Self-Guided Tours

Thanks to the generous support of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, Don Valley Brick Works Park now has exciting new interpretive features, aimed at providing self-guided park visitors with a way to learn about the park's history, restoration and ecological importance. 

Take a look at our map and explore the past, present and future of this exciting park as you follow our educational signage through the Weston Family Quarry Garden (once the quarry pit), along the pond boardwalks, and up to Governor's Lookout.

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Geo Phone Tour

Please call 416-39-BRICK to learn more about the fascinating geological history of Don Valley Brick Works Park. This fun audio tour provides even more information about the geology in the park, and can be listened to before, during or after your visit.

Volunteer With Us

The Community Stewardship Program involves volunteers in on-going maintenance and monitoring at the Don Valley Brick Works Park, and other sites across Toronto.  All training is provided and all levels of experience are welcome!

Don Valley Brick Works Park Ambassadors are volunteers trained to interact with park visitors in order to help them better understand and appreciate this dynamic ecological restoration site. If you are good with people, education, interpretation, or would just like to help people appreciate the park, then this is for you! Primary responsibilities include staffing the interpretation tent at the entrance to the park and leading a site tour on select Saturday mornings from May – September.

For more information on volunteering with these programs, please email greentoronto@toronto.ca or call 311

Park Ambassadors

On Saturdays throughout the spring, summer and fall, Don Valley Brick Works Park Ambassadors can be found throughout the park.  These friendly volunteers can help you learn about the park and its wildlife.  Be sure to stop by their tent on the Welcome Deck for a brochure and map of the site!

Please visit our 'Planning a Visit' section for more information on planning a self-guided visit to the park.

Planning Your Visit Helps Us Protect the Park!

Understanding how to properly plan your visit to Don Valley Brick Works Park is important.

Please follow our Code of Conduct while visiting.

Such a beautiful park attracts MANY visitors every day, and we need your help to keep its sensitive ecosystems healthy. Let's not love the park to death! 

Damage to the park occurs through the cumulative impact of each and every individual.  Many footsteps will follow yours, and your actions make a difference.

Please stay on official trails. Walking off the trail, climbing the slopes, letting dogs off leash, and disturbing the wildlife and vegetation all cause serious damage to the park and its wildlife.

Individuals & Families

  • ✔ Familiarize yourself with the Don Valley Brick Works Park Code of Conduct.
  • ✔ Follow the trails on a self-guided tour and visit our educational signage found throughout the park. Take a look at our map!
  • ✔ Check our schedule of upcoming guided tours, held on Saturdays throughout the summer.

 Groups

 Planning Your Visit

  • ✔ Make sure your visit will follow the Code of Conduct.
  • ✔ Contact the City of Toronto to obtain approval.
    • Groups larger than 25 people must obtain a City of Toronto Parks Permit.  Please contact 311 and visit our website for more information.  Please allow at least 6 weeks processing time.
    • Groups smaller than 25 (e.g. small classes) do not require a permit to tour the park on official trails, but should still contact the City of Toronto to book your group.  Please contact greentoronto@toronto.ca with at least 3 weeks lead time to get started.
  • ✔ Follow registration guidelines provided by the City of Toronto.

While You're Here

  • ✔ Be sure to review the Code of Conduct with your group upon arriving.
  • ✔ Follow the Interpretive Signage throughout the park
  • ✔ Throughout your visit, be sure your group is remains on official trails, and respects the park's delicate natural environment ecosystem.

After Your Visit

  • ✔ Enjoy the park?  Help spread the word about the Code of Conduct!  Help us educate people about the respectful and sustainable use of natural areas in the City of Toronto.

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Stay on Official Trails

  • Your feet can hurt the plants, scare the animals, and cause erosion on the slopes. Stay on official paved and gravel paths at all times. 
  • Don't go down the wrong path! Dirt trails are made when people leave official paths, causing permanent damage to the park.

Don't Disturb the Wildlife

  • This park is home to wildlife, consider yourself their guest! 
  • Catching turtles, frogs, snakes, birds, beavers etc. is not permitted at any time.
  • Fishing is licensed/regulated by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR).  Keep away from pond edges, and only fish from hard surface areas.
  • 'Catch and Release' fishing practices are encouraged if you are licensed to fish.

Control Your Pets Please

  • Keep your dog on a leash at all times, and don't let them into the ponds.  Leave the natural areas and ponds to the native wildlife!
  • An off leash area is provided near the west parking lot by Bayview Ave.

Leave No Trace

  • Let the animals build their homes…don't tear them down!  Do not move, disturb or collect any plants, rocks, fallen dead wood, fossils etc.
  • Keep the park clean of garbage.  Carry out what you carry in.

Common Sense and Courtesy

  • Cyclists must dismount within the park
  • No open flames or picnicking
  • No amplified sound
  • No swimming