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Five Fun Ways to Embrace Winter in the Valley

Here are five fun ways to embrace winter at Evergreen Brick Works that will help you get outside and connect with nature in the city
Top image caption: Image Credit Mike Derblich

Published on November 15, 2016

Hello winter – we’ve been expecting you!

Just because temperatures drop and snow falls, it doesn’t mean it’s time to move inside. Every season at Evergreen Brick Works is a new experience and we’ve got just the line-up to help you embrace all winter has to offer.

Here are five fun ways to get outside and connect with nature in the city this season:

1) Take to the trails on foot: Evergreen Brick Works is located in the heart of Toronto’s Don Valley with dozens of trails leading in, out and through the 40-acre Weston Family Quarry Garden and Don Valley Brick Works area. Not sure where to start? Easy-to-navigate maps are available at the Young Welcome Centre or you can join group or book a private tour to learn about the winter wildlife, architecture, ecology, and the history of the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Tip: Make it a game! Discover the Brick Works, its history and the Don Valley through our family-friendly nature scavenger hunt.

2) Explore on two wheels: Biking is a fun and faster way to explore the Don Valley. Snow on the ground doesn’t mean you have to quit. Fat biking – mountain biking on thicker wheels - is one of the easiest ways to travel on snow and ice. Bring your own bike or rent from Sweet Pete's Bike Shop at Evergreen Brick Works. First-timer? No problem, there are group rides and learn-to-fat bike sessions throughout the winter.

Tip: Gather some friends and try a Fat Friday: Fat Bike Ride starting in December.

3) Lace up the skates: Evergreen Brick Works’ cozy outdoor skating trail nestled into nature is one of the prettiest spots to glide through winter. Free public skating kicks off opening weekend on Saturday, December 10, 2016 (weather permitting.)

Tip: Not too slick on skates? Learn-to-skate programs for adults and kids start in the new year and skate rentals are available on site.

4) Nature play in the Children's Garden: Kids love to play outdoors and our Children’s Garden offers non-stop nature play with winter-themed activities, crafts and campfire cooking.

Tip: Help us create a mini Winter Village out of clay. City-building workshops are on weekends starting December 10, 2016 with a celebration of the community art-project on Family Day, Monday, February 20, 2017.

5) Stay warm: Join a pick-up game of street hockey (bring your own sticks or use one of ours) and/or cozy up to a campfire.

Tip: These delicious drinks available at the Sipping Container are sure to warm you up.