Evergreen Brick Works is a community environmental centre promoting urban sustainability. The location of the numerous structures that comprise this environmental centre is the former Don Valley Brick Works, where millions of bricks were manufactured from 1889 to 1984. After the Don Valley Brick Works closed, the site was in disrepair but it has since been restored and was recently named one of the world's top 10 geotourism destinations by National Geographic. In saying that, we have to admit that the main reason for our visit was to go to the Winter Village, but we were undoubtedly impressed by everything about the place.
To get there, we got off the subway at Castle Frank Station and wandered through a fancy neighbourhood before hopping on some picturesque trails which took us the rest of the way there.
Taking a look around the market for different food options, we realized that this was not your typical Christmas Market. In true Toronto style, the food on offer ranged from Vietnamese-Mexican fusion, to Hungarian pastries, to Ethiopian stews, to Belgian waffles, and more. Out of all of the tasty choices, we started off with some Indian dishes and then followed up with some Tibetan dumplings. So many options. So delicious.
Once we felt a little bit warmer, we wandered around some of the other facilities such as the Kilns, which was showcasing a small art exhibit. This area still feels very industrial as the facilities are relatively well preserved so it was cool to see the space also being used for art.
Here are some more photos of our afternoon at the Brick Works: