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Toronto Ravine Maps Exhibit

Explore the unique network that is Toronto's ravines through a collection of maps. 

Digitally created map of Toronto's ravine system. Image: Neil Phillips
Top image caption: Image: Neil Phillips

Toronto’s ravines are the multiple rivers and valleys that cut into the city’s otherwise mostly flat landscape. The city’s early developers buried its smaller rivers and creeks, filling in wetlands to allow the grid layout of the city to prevail. Toronto’s river systems were too large for such treatment, and the results are the interesting anomalies and fractures in the grid that we see on maps today. 

Currently, there is little undeveloped land around the ravines, and the remaining areas face increasingly challenging environmental pressures.

With the overriding idea that rivers are dynamic systems, participants were asked to imagine and represent the pressing issues within the ravine and waterfront in new and novel ways, always thinking about balancing the need for preservation, restoration and change. 

See the exhibit at Evergreen Brick Works throughout the month of May, and celebrate Toronto's ravines at our Spring Into Summer Ravine Celebration on Sunday, May 13. 

This exhibition has been supported by the University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, and by a generous donation from George F. Dark, FCSLA, ASLA, with maps created by Master of Landscape Architecture students from the University of Toronto.

Dates & Times

Sun 10am5pm
Mon 9am5pm
Tue 9am5pm
Wed 9am5pm
Thu 9am5pm
Fri 9am5pm
Sat 8am5pm
Holidays 10am5pm

This exhibit will be open to the public for viewing from May 11 to June 7, 2018, during Young Welcome Centre hours of operation.

Prices & Fees

Free and open to the public!


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Young Welcome Centre at Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON, M4W 3X8

Wheelchair accessibleThis event is wheelchair-accessible.