After a month devoted to friends and all the adventures we love to pursue with them, it feels fitting to come to a gentle close with the simplest of friendship pleasures: a walk (and talk) at the inimitable Evergreen Brick Works.
If you have already been there, you know why we love it; if you have not yet discovered it, you must go. The restored heritage buildings have become an epicentre for urban sustainability, and the surrounding greenspace is an oasis of nature in the heart of Toronto’s Don Valley. The Brick Works aim to deepen the connection between people and nature, and this is pretty much achieved just by being there.
Bundled against the nippy weather, a friend and I walked the trails over the weekend. Both of us had been there before, and both of us wondered aloud why we don’t go more often. We are approaching the end of winter, kind of in-between seasons with neither pristine snow cover nor the resurgence of spring. Even so, it was beautiful at the Brick Works, and the perfect backdrop to reconnecting with an old friend.
We also took advantage of the Street Food Market (which continues until spring and features over 10 vendors), sipping hot drinks from The Sipping Container and indulging in some poutine from Heirloom. Settling under a heater at an outdoor picnic table, we ate and drank with the sun shining down on us.
There are many ways to enjoy the Brick Works, including free (walking trails, skating, site tours (suggested donation $5)) and paid activities (we’ve got our eye on fat biking!). There’s always something going on, including tons of options for children and families – check out their calendar. Perhaps my favourite annual event takes place this weekend: Seedy Sunday features a seed exchange, workshops, vendors, and enough knowledge and enthusiasm to make gardeners of us all.
But if you just need a sweet spot to spend some time with a friend, this is it too.