Toronto's Ravines and Urban Forests

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.

Among the 29 ravines across the city featured in Toronto's Ravines and Urban Forests are:

  • Gates Gully in the Scarborough Bluffs area, a crossroads of natural heritage and local history

  • Glendon Forest, a beautiful old-growth forest at risk because of the impact of visitation on highly environmentally sensitive areas

  • Taylor Creek Park in East York, an example of the city's sewershed and the value of wetlands

  • Passmore Forest and L'Amoreaux North Park 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.

Order your copy now from your local bookseller, or any of these fine online retailers: Amazon, Chapters, or directly from Lorimer

About the author

Jason Ramsay-Brown is a lifelong Torontonian, and passionate student of Toronto's local history and natural heritage. He is a volunteer on the Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve Stewardship Team, Beechwood Wetland Stewardship Team, and is a member of the Ontario chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration. He represented the Toronto Field Naturalists on the City of Toronto's Ravine Strategy Advisory Group in 2015/2016 and currently serves on the TFN's Board of Directors. In addition to the book Toronto's Ravines and Urban Forests (Lorimer, 2015), Jason has photographed and written about our ravines for a variety of publications including NOW magazine, The Toronto Star, and the TFN newsletter.
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