Tour of the Brick Works

Site Tours of Evergreen Brick Works

Free public tours every Saturday & Sunday. Private tours available by request.

Take a deeper dive into the story of Evergreen Brick Works and discover how Evergreen reclaimed and revitalized this former industrial site into an award-winning environmental community centre and green-technology showcase. Keep reading to learn more about our weekly public tours and private tour options.

About our tours

Nature Tour

Witness the incredible transformation of an industrial site into a green oasis. Visit our gardens, learn about our sustainable agricultural practices, journey into the park where nature always has something new to share, and leave inspired by what can be accomplished in a place where nature and community come together. This hour-long tour takes place entirely outdoors, and covers areas of the industrial site as well as the park beyond.

History Tour

Journey through time to understand how the industrial past meets the present in a celebration of nature, sustainability, and community. From deep-time geological records to mechanical artifacts, this tour tells the complete story of this land, as you learn how Evergreen reclaimed and revitalized the Brick Works into an award-winning environmental community centre and green-technology showcase. This tour is an hour in length, and will take you across the industrial site and into our historic buildings.

Free Public Tours

Public tours meet weekly at our Welcome Desk in Building 14 and take place rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather, our History Tour may replace the Nature Tour to ensure the group is able to stay indoors.

 

We can accommodate 20 people per tour, and it’s first come, first served.

 

Planning to come with a group of 10 or more? Since this is a free public event, we ask that you not bring a group. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to book a Private Tour.

Dates and Times
TourDayTime
Nature TourSaturdays and Sundays11:00 am - 12:00 pm
History TourSaturdays and Sundays1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Donations

If you have a good time and want to make a donation to support programs like this being open and accessible to everyone, our Volunteer Tour Guides will provide an opportunity at the end to contribute.

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Private Tours

Our tours are available to book by request for groups looking to schedule a private tour at a time that works best. Private Tours can be booked any day of the week between 9am-7pm, and run for approximately an hour.

 

Please aim to provide at least 10 days’ notice for all booking requests.

 

Each guide can accommodate a group of up to 30 participants. After 30 participants, the group will be split up and an additional guide will need to be scheduled. Group size is subject to guide availability.

 

Interested in booking a Private Tour? Please fill out this form to submit a request.

Dates, Times and Fees
TourAvailabilityFees
Nature TourDaily from 9am-7pm, and run for approximately an hour$20+HST per person, minimum booking fee for 10 participants
History TourDaily from 9am-7pm, and run for approximately an hour$20+HST per person, minimum booking fee for 10 participants
Childrens exploring Nature

Discounted Rates

We also offer a discounted rate of $15+HST per person for GTA public schools, community groups, and non-profits.
Please reach out to tours@evergreen.ca for more information.

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FAQ

Have questions about our tours? Please reach out to tours@evergreen.ca.

What is Evergreen's commitment to accessibility?

Evergreen is committed to making Evergreen Brick Works an accessible destination for our diverse community, including people with disabilities. There is no charge for personal care workers on Private Tours. Please visit our Plan your visit page to learn more about accessibility at Evergreen Brick Works.

How many participants can the tour accommodate?

Free Public Tours:
We can accommodate 20 people per tour, and it’s first come, first served.

 

Planning to come with a group of 10 or more? Since this is a free public event, we ask that you not bring a group. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to book a Private Tour.

 

Private Tours:

Each guide can accommodate a group of up to 30 participants. After 30 participants, the group will be split up and an additional guide will need to be scheduled. Group size is subject to guide availability.

Where will the tours take me?

The History Tour focuses on Evergreen’s property, the industrial portion of the Brick Works, with a journey across the site and into the historic buildings.

 

The Nature Tour begins with an overview of the gardens, before journeying into the City of Toronto park.

Can I bring a group with me on public tours?

Yes! As long as the group is under 10 people due to limited capacity on public tours. Groups larger than this should check out our Private Tour option.

City of Toronto Policy on Group Use of Park Space

Please note that the Weston Family Quarry Garden and Don Valley Brick Works Park (the park, trails and ponds behind Evergreen Brick Works) are maintained by the City of Toronto. Access to this natural area is carefully managed in order to protect the sensitive and valuable ecosystem.

 

If you are visiting as a group of 25 or more and would like to access the park trails on your own (i.e., outside of a tour or walk organized by Evergreen), you are required by the City of Toronto to book a gathering. Contact greentoronto@toronto.ca for more information or to request a permit.

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