Toronto's Ravines and Urban Forests: Their natural heritage and local history by Jason Ramsay-BrownToronto's Ravines and Urban Forests: Their natural heritage and local history by Jason Ramsay-Brown

Toronto's Ravines and Urban Forests: Their natural heritage and local history

byJason Ramsay-Brown

Paperback | May 27, 2015

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Ravines are one of the wonders of Toronto. Cutting deep through the city, they are islands of natural heritage. While the city carries on above them and inevitably has its impact, the ravines still offer surprising ecological diversity. And they have much to tell about Toronto's history.

Jason Ramsay-Brown has had a lifelong fascination with ravines, and he has spent years exploring them and discovering their little-known history. For the past 15 years he has explored more than 100 of these ravines, and hundreds of kilometres of trails weaving in and out of them. In this book he shares his knowledge so that Torontonians and visitors alike can better appreciate their ravine heritage.

Among the 30 ravines across the city featured in this book are:

  • Gates Gully in the Scarborough Bluffs area, a crossroads of natural heritage and local history
  • Glendon Forest, with a beautiful old-growth forest area at risk because of the impact of visitation on highly environmentally sensitive areas
  • Taylor Creek Park in the East York area, an example of the city's sewershed and the value of wetlands
  • Passmore Forest and L'Amoreaux Park North and its 600-year-old Alexandra aboriginal site where 800 Huron-Wendat people lived
  • Rouge Park on the city's eastern edge, and the story of a proposed urban national park

With extensive visuals illustrating the text, this is a book which will inform and surprise every Torontonian, and which will allow visitors an easy path to discover the riches of the city's ravines and forests.

Visit Jason's blog about Toronto's ravines.

JASON RAMSAY-BROWN is a lifelong Torontonian. He works on the technical side of the digital industry. Jason is a passionate student of natural history and Toronto's local history, and a talented photographer. He is a volunteer on the Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve Stewardship Team and the Beechwood Wetland Stewardship Team, and a ...
Title:Toronto's Ravines and Urban Forests: Their natural heritage and local historyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 10 × 7 × 1 inPublished:May 27, 2015Publisher:James Lorimer & Company Ltd., PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1459408756

ISBN - 13:9781459408753


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Purchase This is what I would call the best type of tourist book for a local looking up their own hometown. Walking is free, the parks they mention don't always request an entrance fee, and the history on some of these places you walk by every day can suddenly have a new light. A solid buy you can pass on to anyone once you're finished walking down all the pathways. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-21

Table of Contents


1 Altona Forest
2 Rouge Park
3 Colonel Danforth Park and Lower Highland Creek Park
4 East Point Park
5 Gates Gully
6 Warden Woods Park
7 Taylor Creek Park
8 Glen Stewart Ravine
9 L'Amoreaux North Park and Passmore Forest
10 Terraview Park and Willowfield Gardens Park
11 Charles Sauriol Conservation Reserve
12 Brookbanks Park and Deerlick Creek
13 The Leslie Street Spit and Tommy Thompson Park
14 The Forks of the Don
15 E.T. Seton Park
16 Edwards Gardens and Wilket Creek Park
17 Lower Don Recreational Trail
18 Crothers Woods and Beechwood Wetland
19 Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve
20 Glendon Forest
21 Moore Park Ravine and the Brick Works
22 East Don Parkland
23 Rosedale Ravine
24 Nordheimer Ravine and Glen Edyth/Roycroft Wetlands
25 Cedarvale Ravine
26 Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat
27 King's Mill Park and Humber Marshes Park
28 Echo Valley Park
29 Etobicoke Valley Park
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Editorial Reviews

"Jason has created an exciting vision for the future of our city that has grown from what he has experienced in our valleys. His vision provides the possibility of 'a new urban experience' firmly based on 'the health of our natural world in balance with opportunities provided by progress and modern convenience.' This is exactly the blueprint we need to follow to make Toronto a truly great city."