Lifestyle in Governor's Bridge
The closest shopping district to the Governor's Bridge neighbourhood is a cluster of stores and a shopping plaza located at the intersection of Bayview and Moore Avenues. This group of stores includes a national grocery store, a pharmacy, a dry cleaner, and a bank. Residents of this neighbourhood also shop along quaint Summerhill Avenue in the Rosedale neighbourhood.
Further north on Bayview Avenue is the Leaside shopping district. This upscale shopping area includes fashion boutiques, antique stores, gift shops, professional services, gourmet coffee shops, specialty food stores, and a number of restaurants and cafes.
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Evergreen Brick Works: Toronto’s New Gathering Place
The Evergreen Brick Works situated in the Don Valley ravine off the Bayview Extension seems like a world away from everyday life in Toronto. Evergreen Brick Works is Toronto’s newest Green initiative and it is attracting visitors of all ages from all parts of the city who are gathering here to shop at the popular farmers market, hike along nature trails and to learn about Toronto’s urban nature.
The Brick Works; formerly known as the Don Valley Brick Works originated in 1889. Many of Toronto’s early houses were made from bricks manufactured on this site. Thanks to the City of Toronto and its partners, as well as private citizens, $32 million has been raised thus far in an effort to rehabilitate the former brick-yard and to restore the historic building’s on this site.
The master plan for the Evergreen Brick Works is to cultivate a multi-purpose community space combining the historic buildings on the site with an interpretive outdoor centre where individuals can learn about native plants and gardening, local foods and cooking, green design and the ravine eco-system.
For sure one of the highlights of the Evergreen Brick Works that has already emerged is the immensely popular Saturday Farmers’ market. There are a plethora of vendors at this market selling everything from native plants and organically grown local fruits and vegetables to freshly baked breads and organic meats. One popular vendor delights the early morning and lunch time crowd by selling freshly made crepes as well as breakfast burritos. Waffles and organic lemonade are other popular stops for hungry shoppers enjoying the fresh air of the open market. The Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 8am until 1pm until October.
Locally grown fresh vegetables offered for sale at the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers' Market
Freshly baked breads at the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers' Market
The Weston Quarry Garden lookout and interpretive trail at the Evergreen Brick Works.