What is it?
Former quarry and industrial site located in the Don River Valley. It operated for nearly 100 years, providing the masonry materials used all throughout Toronto, including in many recognizable landmarks.
The factory closed in the 1980s. Since then, it’s been converted to city parks and general green space. The Evergreen Brickworks is a staple in the east-end community. There’s even a non-profit conservationist organization centre located here!
What to expect
- Hiking trails
- Farmer’s market
- Delicious food
- Beautiful scenery
A few years ago, I had joined an online support group for people with social anxiety. I thought it might be a good idea to meet up with some of the Toronto members and see if I could get something regular going. There were three other people I met that were interested in meeting up, so we did. Over time, Brickworks just became one of the places where we met on a regular basis. The mother of one of our members was a health coach and used to take clients for hikes there. This is how we got the idea to do the same thing. We would walk all around the area and discover new trails and locations. When we reached a high place, we would just stand there and take in the scenery. None of us were what you could call “well-adjusted” folk but this was a way to forget about those problems and just be present in-the-moment. Doing something physical, being outdoors, and surrounding yourself in good company was a therapy unlike any other.
Brickworks was about more than just the beauty of nature, or the good food or the hiking. It was the site where the four of us bonded. There would be conversations about all sorts of things and it would last for hours. By the end of each session, we knew more about each other and cared about each other a little more than the last time.