Top 10 Things to See & Do at Evergreen Brick Works
There’s a ton of things to see and do at Evergreen Brick Works, but there are some activities that will always come out on top.
Whether you're visiting for the first time or have been here every weekend since we opened, there is always something new and exciting happening at the Brick Works.
While our programs are always changing, some are staples that we love year over year. Here are our top 10 things to do and see during your visit.
#1 Visit the Saturday Farmers Market
Saturdays are bustling here onsite – mostly due to our weekly Saturday Farmers Market! Local and sustainable farmers, food producers and chefs gather here to share the freshest Ontario food you can find. Our Feast ON-certified market guarantees our vendors are committed to strengthening Ontario’s local food economy. Open year-round.
#2 Hike up to the lookout
Even if you only have 20 minutes at Evergreen Brick Works, you have to wander up to the top of the Lookout Path for a spectacular view of the Toronto skyline. Overlook Evergreen Brick Works and spot the CN Tower. There aren’t many places in the city you get an uninterrupted view of downtown so this is a spot you cannot miss.
#3 Learn about the historic kiln building
At the height of its industrial life, the dramatic 52,000 sq. ft kiln building was where the Don Valley Brick Works would fire and set their bricks. After the factory stopped production, the abandoned site became a playground for urban explorers, partiers and photographers. With a missing wall and no insulation, the kiln building was then used by Evergreen Brick Works for events and exhibits.
Now, the space is undergoing redevelopment to turn it into a year-round facility with a carbon neutral target. Opening in 2019, the newly imagined kiln building will serve as a national hub for innovation and sustainability. Learn more about the redevelopment and our carbon-neutral goals.
#4 Take a spin on the skating rink
Skate under the stars on this one-of-a-kind outdoor rink you can’t pass up. The looped skating trail weaves around gardens filled with native trees. When it gets dark and the twinkling lights come on above you it feels like an icy paradise. Best of all? Public skating is free!
#5 Shop at Evergreen Garden Market
Whether you’re looking for shrubs, trees or flowers to spruce up your garden or locally-made gifts and snacks, this one-stop shop has it all.
On top of being a beautiful place to shop, Evergreen Garden Market primarily carries products from artisans, craftspeople and small-batch producers in Canada. They champion Ontario native plants and don’t sell invasive species. Visit any time of year for seasonal goodies like local, organically harvested Christmas trees or heirloom pumpkins. Open year-round.
#6 See the art
During your visit you are bound to come across art on or around the site. Relish in its beauty, snap a pic, then head to our art page to learn about the pieces you saw. Some of our favourite pieces include:
Watershed Consciousness, Feruccio Sardella
The Pull of the Land, Faith47
#7 Play in the Children's Garden
The most fun place at Evergreen Brick Works (in our opinion) is the Children’s Garden! This interactive play space welcomes children of all ages to enjoy the fun that can be found in nature.
Whether you’re gathering around the fire for songs and stories, building a city out of a loose parts, or learning about what’s growing in the Greenhouse, there’s always something new to explore. To find out what’s happening this weekend, check out Nature Play in the Children’s Garden. Open weekends, year-round.
#8 Chill out at Evergreen's Winter Village
During the month of December. Evergreen's Winter Village has something for everyone to enjoy during the coolest season of the year. Play outdoors with fat bikes and street curling, shop at our holiday market or grab a bite from one of the internationally-inspired food trucks.
#9 Go for a bike ride
One reason people love to visit is for the multitude of trails and pathways designed with cyclists in mind. With both Bike Works, our community do-it-yourself bike centre, and Sweet Pete’s Bike Shop on-site, there is always a ride, lesson or rental with your name on it. Want a new adventure? Try renting a fat bike in the winter months and hit the frozen trails.
#10 See the John Price Brick Press
This eye-catching piece of machinery lives in the Young Welcome Centre and is definitely worth a visit. Originally used at a brick plant on Greenwood Avenue, the press was shipped over to the Don Valley Brick Works in the early 1960s. At its peak, the press could churn out 3,000 pressed bricks per hour.
The Ontario Heritage Trust describes the John Price Brick Press as “the most significant artifact located onsite” and is an important part of what our site represents. Preserved as part of Evergreen Brick Works’ historical heritage, the brick press today stands as an homage to this site’s industrial past.
Bonus #11 – Grab a drink from the Sipping Container
We know we said this list was the top ten, but we added an eleventh just because we can! The unofficially-official #11 on our list is the hottest spot onsite – the Sipping Container.
Whether they’re pouring Muskoka craft beer, tangy Caesars or steaming-hot coffee that was locally roasted, the Sipping Container is always the place to be. Make sure you drop in for a drink after all that sight-seeing! Open weekends year-round.
Feel like we missed your favourite spot? Let us know! Take a picture of your favourite feature and tag us on Instagram: @Evergreen_Brick_Works.
To learn about all the upcoming events and activities happening here, check out our What's On calendar.