THE DON VALLEY’S RICH CLAY PRODUCED TORONTO’S BUILDING BLOCKS; NOW IT’S A NATURAL REFUGE

A national charity, the Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, are constantly changing.  Bike clinics, murals and art galleries, movies, hiking trails, a quarry garden, wildlife, a farmer’s market, industrial architecture, music, programming for children – and the original kilns and brick-making apparati.  Website – http://www.evergreen.ca

<PHOTO – the Don Valley Brick Works in 1891; City of Toronto Archives>  Recorded as both Nechenquakekonk and Wonscotonach in Algonquin language, the DON was part of an ancient Indigenous trail network connecting Lake Ontario to the upper great lakes, It was prized by the Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Anishnaabek Confederacies as a seasonal, resource-rich terrain.  The Valley became a major industrial site, producing the bricks needed for a rapidly growing TORONTO.

GETTING THERE:  shuttle bus, 7 days a week, every half hour, from BROADVIEW subway station;  TTC’s 28A Davisville bus offers half-hourly service on Saturdays from 7:30am–6pm and Sundays from 8am–6pm.  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/visit/getting-here

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