Site Tours of the Brick Works

Free public tours every Saturday. Private tours also available.

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. Tours touch on key themes related to the site, such as sustainability, art and geology. Keep reading to learn more about our weekly public site tours and private tour options.

Free Public Tours

Dates & Times

  • Saturdays
    • 11:00am-12:00pm
    • 1:00-2:00pm

 

Meeting Location

Tours meet at our Welcome Desk in Building 14 and take place rain or shine.

 

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.

 

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.

Private Site Tours

Dates and Times

Private tours can be booked on any day of the week between 9am-5pm, and run for approximately an hour.

 

Cost

The rate is $20+HST per person, with a minimum booking fee for 10 participants. We also offer a discounted rate of $15+HST per person for GTA public schools, community non-profit groups, and non-profits.

 

At this time, payment can only be made online by credit card.

 

Group Size

Each guide can accommodate a group of up to 30 individuals. Groups under 30 people are preferred.

 

After 30 participants, a second guide will need to be scheduled. This is subject to guide availability. Due to our limited roster of guides, please note that booking requests for groups larger than 60 are not likely to be accommodated.

 

Theme

We are currently offering the Brick Works History Tour, which covers the fascinating tale of our site from deep history to modern day. Some of the topics include geology, ecology, Indigenous land connection and active presence, industrial heritage, and sustainability.

 

At this time, we are not conducting custom tours.

 

Booking

Interested in booking a private tour? Please fill out this form to submit an inquiry.

Inquire about private tours

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

 

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.

 

Accessibility

 

Evergreen is committed to making Evergreen Brick Works an accessible destination for our diverse community, including people with disabilities. Please visit our Accessibility page for more information. There is no charge for personal care workers on private tours and walks.

FAQ

Are there any accessibility concerns with this tour?

This tour takes place on both paved and unpaved, even paths. There is an optional tour stop that includes climbing stairs, which can be eliminated by request. This tour is delivered in English.

Will we explore the park?

This tour will not take you through the park trails. This is because the park is not Evergreen property. For information about park etiquette, check out the city website.

Where will this tour take me?

This tour travels across the entire Evergreen Brick Works site, which we refer to as “the industrial pad”. If the space is available, the tour includes exclusive access to view the kilns.

Can I bring a group with me on this tour?

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 offering.