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Toronto's Ravines and Urban Forests

Their natural heritage and local history

By Jason Ramsay-Brown

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No matter where you are in Toronto, you are close to a ravine. In these often-hidden places you can find an astonishing diversity of birds, flowers, and trees.

Jason Ramsay-Brown has spent twenty years exploring the more than one hundred ravines, parks, and urban forests within Toronto's boundaries. For this book he has selected the thirty natural areas most rewarding to visitors, and provided accounts of what you will encounter there — and what you can learn of the city's history as well.

The variety of flora and fauna is astonishing. In one park alone, the Leslie Street Spit, more than three hundred species of birds have been identified since the turn of the millennium. The increasingly scarce butternut tree can be found in Warden Woods, and wildlife such as deer, beaver, foxes, and coyotes are often spotted along many ravine trails.

Jason tells the story of ongoing efforts of ecological restoration and stewardship to protect these habitats and ecosystems, such as the wetlands of Taylor Creek Park and the old-growth forest within Glendon Forest.

The ravines also contain many landmarks of local history: rumours of buried British gold in Scarborough's Gates Gully, large First Nations encampments near L'Amoureaux Park, and early industries like Todmorden Mills.

With extensive visuals illustrating all thirty ravines and forests from across the city, this book offers something for every Torontonian and every visitor.


Foreword to the Second Edition

  1. Altona Forest
  2. Rouge National Urban 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
  30. The Meadoway

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"This is a marvelous book. It's easy to read with descriptions of the different characteristics of each park, what makes them unique, and what to look for when you?re there." — Margaret McRae, Past President, Toronto Field Naturalists

"Anyone interested in exploring Toronto's fragile forests, ravines and natural areas, their history, and the surprising diversity of their fauna and flora will find this book invaluable. " — Charles Bruce-Thompson, Vice-President, Toronto Field Naturalists

JASON RAMSAY-BROWN is President of the Toronto Field Naturalists and represented TFN on the City of Toronto's Ravine Strategy Advisory Group in 2015/2016. He served for many years as a volunteer on the Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve Stewardship Team, Beechwood Wetland Stewardship Team, and as a Planting Captain with the City of Toronto. Jason lectures extensively all across Toronto, advocating for the protection and growth of Toronto's ravines and the preservation of their remarkable biodiversity.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 200 pages
Publication Date: 20th July 2020
ISBN: 9781459415263
Format: 10in x 7in
220 colour images

BISAC Code:  NAT000000, NAT011000, SPO018000, SPO050000
Imprint: Lorimer


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