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May 10, 2018
Celebrate Ravine Days from May 11 to 13
  
Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate Toronto's beautiful ravine network during Ravine Days, a weekend of events happening May 11, 12 and 13.

"Ravines are a crucial part of the city's network of green spaces – that's why we're working hard to ensure they are protected, improved and celebrated," said Mayor John Tory. "Ravine Days are a great opportunity to highlight these beautiful spaces that have such an impact on our quality of life and that make Toronto unique."

More than 30 events will take place during Ravine Days, including:
• Musical performances at four ravine sites, including Humber Arboretum, Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto Botanical Garden and Scarborough Museum
• Lunch and Learn – Putting Toronto's Ravine Strategy into Action: Humber's Sustainable Pond Project, at Humber Arboretum
• Wilket Creek Ravine Tours, plant sales and the new Ravine Discovery Cart at Toronto Botanical Garden
• World Migratory Bird Day at Rouge National Park, in collaboration with the Toronto Zoo
• Toronto Ravine Maps Exhibit at Evergreen Brick Works
• Spring Creek Guided Walk with the High Park Nature Centre
• Mother's Day Wildflowers Guided Walk at Todmorden Mills
• "Secret agent" nature missions at Evergreen Brick Works with the Agents of Discovery app

Musical performances at the Brick Works on May 12 include Indigenous artist Rosary Spence performing the Wonscotonach River Song, first performed for the Pan Am Path Art Relay in 2015. Wonscotonach is understood to be the Anishinaabe name for the Don River.

The first Ravine Days were held in September to coincide with the reopening of the Lower Don Trail, and with the approval of the City's Ravine Strategy at City Council. The Ravine Strategy is built around five principles: Protect, Invest, Connect, Partner and Celebrate. It includes a recommendation to celebrate Ravine Days to encourage Torontonians to enjoy and learn about the city's unique ravine network.

Over 17 per cent of Toronto's total area is ravine land and 87 per cent of Toronto's Environmentally Significant Areas are found in ravines. Ravine Days is an opportunity to highlight events and leisure opportunities offered by organizations throughout the ravine network.

Ravine Days activities and schedules are listed at http://www.toronto.ca/ravines.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms, on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http:www.facebook.com/cityofto.

Media Contact
Jane Arbour
Strategic Communications
416-338-0944, 437-346-2815 (cell)
Jane.Arbour@toronto.ca

 

 

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