By ERICA LEIBNER
The concrete landscape we call home can leave us all feeling a little uninspired. And as fall moves into winter (ugh, don’t say it), we’ll see less of the outdoors and more of our cubicles. But thanks to the much anticipated opening of Evergreen Brick Works – a cutting-edge environmental centre that’s set to bring nature to our city – all that is about to change in a big way.
This beautiful, village-like place located in the Don Valley is where it’s at, bringing people of all ages together to enjoy the nature, culture and community that make Toronto so great. The site, which was originally a brick factory, (opened in 1889 by Industrialist William Taylor and his two brothers) has been transformed from a collection of deteriorating heritage buildings into an international showcase for urban sustainability and green design.
Open year-round, it offers seasonally appropriate workshops, events and activities on a regular basis. Check out their Farmers Market on Saturdays between 8 A.M. and 2 P.M. or go on a Sunday for their “Yoga, Movement, Meditation” class from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M. (suggested donation: $10). Plus there are art installations, a garden centre, and, in winter, an ice-skating trail. For more, check out their in-depth events calendar.
To get there, hitch a free ride with their shuttle bus (which runs 7 days a week from Broadview Station) or the TTC’s 28A Davisville bus. Or you could follow the city trail system on foot or by bicycle. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall this place really has it all, so spread the word and bring your friends to learn how to live, work and play more sustainably – and have a blast in the process.
Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Avenue
Photo Credit: Evergreen