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Ravine Days

Come enjoy the many activities and events in and around Toronto's ravines, as part of the City of Toronto's Ravine Days

The Evergreen Brick Works

In October, Evergreen is taking part in Ravine Days with the City of Toronto, and community partners.

It's a chance to get involved in a diversity of events happening in and around Toronto's ravine system.

Our family-friendly line-up of events includes guided bike rides, stewardship activities, performances and more! Join Evergreen and partners as we explore the wonders of our ravines.

With different activities happening at various times throughout October, make sure to check our schedule in advance. 

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Biking

Thorncliffe / Flemingdon Ravine Bike Ride

Join us for a FREE, all-ages, all-levels ravine cycling event. 

We will meet Saturday, October 2 at 10:30 am at The Gateway Bike Hub 10 Gateway Blvd. 

We will ride in several small groups, each with a team leader riding at the right speed to suit each group. We'll take breaks and stop for lunch at Evergreen Brick Works. Lunch will be provided. There will be lots of opportunity to talk with experienced cyclists about scenic bike routes through the ravines, and how these trails can help connect you to different parts of the city. 

Brought to you in partnership with Park People, Evergreen, Gateway Bike Hub, and the City of Toronto as part of the InTO the Ravines Program.

Location: The Gateway Bike Hub, 10 Gateway Blvd, Toronto, ON

Time: Saturday, October 2, 10:30 am

Registration

Pop-up Bike Repair and Litter Clean-up

Join Evergreen’s Gateway Bike Hub team on the trail on Saturday Oct 2 for free bicycle tune-ups, and join Don't Mess With the Don for a ravine clean-up. Show your bike a little love and show the valley some love!  The litter clean-up is brought to you by Don’t Mess with the Don. All are welcome!   

Location: Redway Loblaws, 11 Redway Rd, Toronto, ON, near trail head.  

Time: Saturday, October 2, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Bike Giveaway Event  

Join Evergreen’s team at the Gateway Bike Hub for a free bike giveaway, repair and donation drive in partnership with Toronto Police Services at East York Town Centre. No registration required, first come first serve. For more info, please contact info@gatewaybikehub.org.

Location: East York Town Centre, 45 Overlea Boulevard, Toronto, ON

Time: Monday, October 4, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Stewardship

Ravine Stewardship at Evergreen Brick Works

Roll-up your sleeves and join Evergreen onsite as we help to plant ravine friendly plants into our demonstration gardens. Learn about the native species, medicinal benefits, and enjoy the fall colors all the while getting your hands in the dirt. If time permits, we’ll support with a ravine litter clean-up and make some seedballs. The event is lead by our dynamic Lead Hand, Isaac Crosby. Please note that this event will be photographed.

Time: Thursday, October 7, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm  

Location: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON

Register here

Ravine Play

Nature Play in the Children's Garden

Explore our child-designed gathering spaces, green infrastructure, raised garden beds growing fruits and vegetables, and our climbing and water play features. All surrounded nested in the magic of the ravines.  

Designed to showcase and make available to the public the many benefits of place based outdoor play and learning, the Children’s Garden offers play and stewardship-based opportunities for children and families of all ages. 

Here, children and caregivers have the chance to engage in active, inclusive and hands-on activities while cultivating a lifelong stewardship ethic. It is truly a place like no other! No registration required.  

Location: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON

Time: Saturday October 2 and October 9, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Salmon Ravine Walk 

The fall is a busy and wondrous time as migratory species prepare for their long and challenging journey ahead to their destinations. Some species take flight and others swim upstream to spawn. Join Naturalists Lee Earl and Evergreen’s April Nicolle on Wednesday October 6 to learn about and celebrate the great salmon migration that takes place in the Don River, one of the most urbanized rivers systems in Canada. 

The actual timing of when salmon migrate is largely dependent on weather, including rainfall and temperature. The question of ‘When?' is largely up to the salmon, so cross your fingers and toes that they choose to be active in migration during our walk. 

We'll begin at Evergreen Brick Works in front of the Watershed Wall and walk along the Bayview Multi Use lane towards Pottery Road Bridge where we'll look for signs of salmon swimming up stream.  

Biography: Lee Earl is an avid naturalist and explorer of ravine spaces. From her work at the Pine Project, apprenticing at Earthtracks Outdoor School and guest naturalist with Evergreen, she gets to engage with habitats and people from across Ontario.  Lee loves birds, mammal tracking, wild edibles and discovering her human place within these ecosystem connections. A certified wildlife tracker and outdoor school mentor for over 12 years, Lee loves working with people and getting excited about this beautiful planet. 

Location: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON, meet in front of the Watershed Wall 

Time: Wednesday, October 6,  5:30 pm -7:00 pm

Register here

Salmon Discovery:  Agents of Discovery App 

All are invited to visit Evergreen Brick Works and download a free educational app called: Agents of Discovery. Head off onto a scavenger hunt like journey with the app while learning about the Salmon.  

Also new this year, is a mission developed by Evergreens Indigenous Inclusion Working Group to help share Indigenous Connections to the land.  

You can download the app here.

Arts & Entertainment

Sarah Thawer live Performance 

Come down to Evergreen Brick Works on Sunday Oct 10 to experience the incredibly talented musician, Sarah Thawer live, a JUNO-Award nominated drummer and recording artist based in Toronto, Canada. Sarah’s performance is part of Evergreen’s Art Program, and supported by Bank of America’s Cultural Performing Arts Series. Registration is not required.  

Location: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON

Time: Sunday, October 10, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm 

Sunday Artisan and Vintage Market 

Evergreen's Sunday Artisan & Vintage Market runs on the second Sunday of each month, connecting people in Toronto to local artists, makers and vintage sellers. Shop vendors offering products from eco-friendly beeswax wraps and candles to locally-made clothing, unique hand-made jewelry, wood and leather goods.

Find the Sunday Artisan & Vintage Market outdoors under the Pavilions at Evergreen Brick Works.

Location: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON

Time: Sunday, October 10, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm  

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Public Art in the Ravines

The Evergreen Public Art program engages audiences with the Evergreen Brick Works site and surrounding ravine system through a series of site-responsive art projects with established and emerging contemporary artists.

Visit our Public Art page to learn more about projects located in the ravines.

Dates & Times

Last Date: October 11, 2021

Events run from Saturday, October 2 to Monday October 11. Check the drop-down tabs for more details!

Location

Google Map of Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto ON

Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON, M4W 3X8