TORONTO: Totally Touristing It Up @ Evergreen Brickworks, Brookfield Place & Graffiti Alley

January 21, 2015  •  3 Comments

Photos taken / written by JENNIFER MAHON  |  This post was read 1615 times

Graffiti Alley, aka Rush LaneGraffiti Alley, aka Rush Lane

 

TORONTO 
Continuing my weekend of touristy Toronto outings….and another day of my daughter complaining - today brings me to three places I’ve honestly never even heard of before. What a shame there’s not more hoopla around these places, because each is a unique place to visit…and it’s all free.

 

EVERGREEN BRICKWORKS 
http://www.evergreen.ca/get-involved/evergreen-brick-works
550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8

Founded in 1889, the Brickworks created a good portion of the bricks that were used for many of Toronto’s architectural landmarks throughout the early days of the 20th century. Since 1994 the Brickworks has been under the Canadian Evergreen Foundation who began to restore and landscape the grounds. The old brickyard has been converted into a wonderful green space with a Farmer’s Market on the weekends, garden centre with an activity area for kids, shops and hiking trails. It may not be what the average tourist to Toronto wants to see, but for us, we found it extremely cool, especially the old kiln area which basically looks like an abandoned warehouse, but man…..how photogenic this place is! Seems there’s always something going on (even in the dead of winter), and if you’re brave enough to stay outdoors, there’s a funky outdoor skating area as well.

Evergreen Brickworks

Evergreen BrickworksEvergreen Brickworks Evergreen Brickworks

Evergreen BrickworksEvergreen Brickworks I believe this is where the Bike Shop is at Evergreen Brickworks I believe this is where the Bike Shop is at Evergreen BrickworksI believe this is where the Bike Shop is at Evergreen Brickworks That would explain the bike art.... That would explain the bike art....That would explain the bike art.... Bike art at Brickworks!

Bike art at Brickworks!Bike art at Brickworks! My child - I have no idea how I caught a pic of her with something other than a scowl

My child - I have no idea how I caught a pic of her with something other than a scowl.My child - I have no idea how I caught a pic of her with something other than a scowl. Ah.....here's the front of the Bike shop....Sweet!

Ah.....here's the front of the Bike shop....Sweet!Ah.....here's the front of the Bike shop....Sweet! The Tiffany Commons at Evergreen Brickworks The Tiffany Commons at Evergreen BrickworksThe Tiffany Commons at Evergreen Brickworks Looks slightly dilapidated, but I love it

Looks in slightly dilapidated, but I love itLooks in slightly dilapidated, but I love it "Tout est possible" - Who would have thunk finding French on an old building inToronto? "Tout est possible" - Who would have thunk finding French on an old building inToronto?"Tout est possible" - Who would have thunk finding French on an old building inToronto? Garden Centre at Evergreen Brickworks

Garden Centre at Evergreen BrickworksGarden Centre at Evergreen Brickworks

Inside Brickworks - Farmer's Market going on

Inside Brickworks - Farmer's Market going onInside Brickworks - Farmer's Market going on Inside Brickworks - Farmer's Market

Inside Brickworks - Farmer's MarketInside Brickworks - Farmer's Market Inside Brickworks - Farmer's Market Inside Brickworks - Farmer's MarketInside Brickworks - Farmer's Market Old Kiln area at Evergreen Brickworks

Old Kiln area at Evergreen BrickworksOld Kiln area at Evergreen Brickworks Old Kiln area at Evergreen Brickworks Old Kiln area at Evergreen BrickworksOld Kiln area at Evergreen Brickworks Old Kiln area at Evergreen Brickworks

Old Kiln area at Evergreen BrickworksOld Kiln area at Evergreen Brickworks Love, love, love this place!

Love, love, love this place! Love, love, love this place! Kilhn area at Evergreen Brickworks Kilhn area at Evergreen BrickworksKilhn area at Evergreen Brickworks Old Stuff at Evergreen Brickworks

Old Stuff at Evergreen BrickworksOld Stuff at Evergreen Brickworks Evergreen Brickworks

Evergreen BrickworksEvergreen Brickworks Evergreen Brickworks Evergreen BrickworksEvergreen Brickworks Old panel at Evergreen Brickworks Old panel at Evergreen BrickworksOld panel at Evergreen Brickworks Evergreen Brickworks

Evergreen BrickworksEvergreen Brickworks A bit of graffit at Evergreen Brickworks

A bit of graffit at Evergreen BrickworksA bit of graffit at Evergreen Brickworks Evergreen Brickworks

Evergreen BrickworksEvergreen Brickworks Outdoor skating area at Evergreen Brickworks

Outdoor skating area at Evergreen BrickworksOutdoor skating area at Evergreen Brickworks

 

BROOKFIELD PLACE
http://www.brookfieldplacenewsandevents.com/
181 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5J 2T3

This was just a quick stop because my quick Google search indicated that the interior makes for gorgeous pics. Most people walk through this beautiful space on their way to their commuter train or office, but I’m sure those who walk through everyday never quite stop and take in the beauty of this award winning space. Built in the 1990s, it was restored and built into the Allen Lambert Galleria – and it is just plain beautiful. When you walk in, the arched columns draw your eyes up to the six-story high ceiling – looking more like a cathedral than a commercial office building. It is definitely worth stopping in to see this stunning piece of architecture.
 

Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place

Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield PlaceAllen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place

Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield PlaceAllen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place

Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield PlaceAllen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place Brookfield Place - checking out the sudden snow storm outside Brookfield Place - checking out the sudden snow storm outsideBrookfield Place - checking out the sudden snow storm outside Brookfield Place

Brookfield Place Brookfield Place Back inside Brookfield Place
Back inside Brookfield Place Back inside Brookfield Place Restaurant KI at Brookfield Place
Restaurant KI at Brookfield Place Restaurant KI at Brookfield Place Just outside Brookfield Place

Just outside Brookfield PlaceJust outside Brookfield Place

 

GRAFFITI ALLEY
Rush Lane, Toronto, ON M5V 2W1

The mother load of graffiti art, lovingly dubbed Graffiti Alley (it’s actually Rush Lane, an obscure alleyway just south of Queen Street West, running from Portland Street to Spadina Ave.). I assume in the winter it doesn’t change much, but I hear in the warmer months, the art is always changing. Every nook of this strip is covered in colorful graffiti – I would probably recommend going when it’s warmer outside, but the snow I think gave a nice effect to the photos below.
 

For all my Montrealers who say "it doesn't snow in Toronto". Don't believe the hype!

For all my Montrealers who say "it doesn't snow in Toronto". Don't believe the hype!For all my Montrealers who say "it doesn't snow in Toronto". Don't believe the hype!

Not sure if these guys will be able to find their bikes in the snow if it continues!

Not sure if these guys will be able to find their bikes in the snow if it continues!Not sure if these guys will be able to find their bikes in the snow if it continues! Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane). Won't label them all, because they're all of the same alley, just different artwork, and because I feel lazy. Enjoy! Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane). Won't label them all, because they're all of the same alley, just different artwork. Enjoy!Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane). Won't label them all, because they're all of the same alley, just different artwork. Enjoy! Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane)Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane) Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane)Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane) Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane)Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane) Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane)Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane) Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane)Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane) Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane)Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane) Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane)Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane) Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane)Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane) Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane)Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane) Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane)Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane) Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane)Graffiti Alley (Rush Lane)


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keepingupwithkrenee via Instagram(non-registered)
So inspiring!
krishnashulund via Instagram(non-registered)
such a good feed!
Alan via Instagram(non-registered)
Brickworks! What an awesome idea. Had no idea about these places in downtown Toronto, thanks for sharing, will have to totally tourist it up myself soon!
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