Bike trails to explore near Davisville Village

 

One of the best parts about living in Davisville Village is that you can be in the heart of the city and still be close to nature. There are many kilometres of paved paths through wooded ravines, along rivers and through parks. With a fresh new spring just beginning in Toronto, it’s time to dust off the old bike and hit the trails. Here are some great bike trails to explore near Davisville Village

 

Beltline Trail

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The quickest and easiest way to get rolling from Davisville Village is along the Beltline Trail. This 9 km cycling trail can be broken down into three sections. The first is the York Beltline Trail. It begins west of Allen Road and connects to the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail. If you pedal over to 378 Mount Pleasant Road you can connect to the Kay Gardner Trail. You can ride through Mount Pleasant Cemetery, follow the trail down to Moore Park Ravine, and connect to the Ravine Beltline Trail. This heavily treed ravine trail will lead you along the stream, under bridges and bring you down near The Evergreen Brickworks, where you can stop and relax, or explore the Brickworks Park.

 

Don Valley Brick Works Park

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The Don Valley Brick Works Park (550 Bayview Ave) is an oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s located behind the main buildings of the Evergreen Brickworks. There are trails meandering along the ponds and the Brickworks also has a great weekend farmers market and an ever-changing lineup of activities to enjoy.

 

Lower Don Valley Trail

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If you’ve still got some ride left in you, from the Brickworks you can connect to the Lower Don Valley Trail on the other side of Bayview Avenue, near Todmorden Mills. If you head south you can continue along to Cherry Beach and Tommy Thompson Park. For more information about these trails see our recent post. If you head north, you can follow along the Don River and choose to connect to E.T Seton Park, or Taylor Creek Park.

 

E.T. Seton Park

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If you headed to the left at the fork of the Lower Don Trail, you’re on your way to E.T. Seton Park. This path offers many opportunities to stop and rest, play a little Ultimate Frisbee, practice your archery at the range, or have a picnic. If you keep on pedaling past the bridges and along the stream, you’ll wind up at Sunnybrook Stables (1132 Leslie St, North York).

 

Taylor Creek Park

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If you stay to the right at the fork along the Lower Don Trail, you’ll ride east, along lovely Massey Creek. It feels like another world as you pass the rough hewn post fences and listen to the river roll along beside you. If you keep on going through Taylor Creek Park, you’ll come out at Victoria Park Avenue, between St. Clair and Danforth.

 

There is nothing like the simple freedom you feel when going for a bike ride in a beautiful setting. The hardest part about living at Davisville Village is deciding which trail to explore first!

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to help connect you to all that your community has to offer, and help you find the right path to explore  For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Nature near Village Green

 

Living at Village Green means that you’re right in the heart of the city, in the center of the action. Whatever you need is usually within easy reach. But sometimes what you need is a breather — an escape from the hustle and bustle in the concrete jungle. Fortunately, even beautiful natural escapes are conveniently located within easy reach. Here’s where to find nature near Village Green.

 

Riverdale Farm

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Head east from Village Green, along Carlton Street, until it ends at Riverdale Park West. Follow the path through the park and arrive at Riverdale Farm (201 Winchester St). It’s less than 10 minutes away by bike. At the historic farm, you can visit the farm animals, and the farmers as they tend to their chores. Tour the buildings, including the pig and poultry barn, and stroll the 7.5 acres of woods, paths, ponds and fields.

 

If you’d like to continue your journey and take in some more lovely and natural spots nearby, continue heading east through Riverdale Park West to the Broadview footbridge. The gate to access Riverdale Park and the footbridge is open from May 1st to November 1st, from 9:15 am to 4 pm daily.

 

Lower Don Trail

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You can cross the footbridge into Riverdale Park East. The crest of the hill on the east side of the park is the perfect place to watch the sun set. But if you’ve still got some daylight left, and the desire to enjoy the great outdoors a little more, you’ll want to stop halfway across the bridge. The staircase at the mid point of the bridge has a side rail — which makes getting bicycles up and down a little easier. The stairs will lead you to The Lower Don Trail.

 

If you choose to head north on the multi-use trail, you can enjoy many kilometres of paved paths along river and through the woods. Learn more in our recent article, Bike trails to explore near Davisville Village.

 

If you head south along the river trail, you can connect to other paths and bike lanes, and stop for a visit in the the city’s new park, The Corktown Common.

 

Corktown Common

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Corktown Common is a new 7 hectare (18 acre) park at the foot of Lower River Street and Bayview. The Don Trail south will lead you there. What was once underused industrial land and an undeveloped brownfield has been transformed into an amazing park and community meeting place. The landscape is lush, with sprawling lawns, a marsh, an outdoor fireplace, a permanent BBQ area, picnic tables and washrooms. There is also a playground and splash pad for kids.

 

Cherry Beach

 

Once you’ve rested a bit at Corktown Common, it’s time to get back on the trail. The Lower Don Trail continues, branching off to take you in whatever direction you’d like. To the west it joins with the Martin Goodman Waterfront Trail. That route will take you across town, through the Harbour district. If you head east along the path, you’ll head along Lakeshore Road toward The Beaches. If you want to explore a little more, head south along the paved path on Cherry Street, all the way to the bottom.

 

Cherry Beach/Clarke Beach

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At the bottom of Cherry Street, the path becomes a nature trail again, at Cherry Beach. This clean and relatively uncrowded beach regularly achieves Blue Flag certification in the summer. This means it meets strict water quality and safety standards — so bring your swimsuit!  At the beach area, you’ll also find food trucks, restrooms, picnic areas and more. Are you craving even more nature? No problem, just continue along the trail. You’ll wind your way along the beach and past the tall grasses and trees. Eventually you’ll arrive at the base of Leslie Street. From there you can access the Leslie Spit and incredible Tommy Thompson Park.

 

Tommy Thompson Park

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Tommy Thompson Park is a beautiful and accidental wilderness. The park is located on completely man-made land that was created for “port-related facilities” decades ago. In the 1970’s, it was clear that “port-related facilities” were no longer required. But by that time nature had already begun to take the man-made land over. It is now an amazing wilderness and nature reserve. The flocks of birds, including big, black cormorants, is truly a sight to see. The park is over 250 hectares (618 acres) and extends about 5 kilometers into Lake Ontario. Follow the path that loops around the lighthouse before heading back. There are breathtaking views, wildlife, and lots more to enjoy in this “accidental wilderness”.

 

Public access to Tommy Thompson Park is restricted to weekends, holidays and weekdays from 4 pm to 9 pm.

 

Living in the heart of Toronto means it can be easy to forget that the beauty of nature is all around you. Pack some water or a picnic, apply some sunscreen, and explore the green areas of your city.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to help you explore, and to connect you to all that your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website

Decorate your balcony with Hauser

 

Your balcony is your personal outdoor sanctuary. How you choose to decorate it can make a world of difference. If you’re on the hunt for quality, outdoor furniture that was made to last, you may want to look to the experts at Hauser (218 Merton Street) in Davisville Village.

 

Hauser is a family-owned Canadian company. They believe in living life to the fullest, outdoors. This philosophy first came from the company’s founder, John Hauser, more than 60  years ago. John was a fifth-generation Austrian blacksmith who moved his family to Canada in 1949 and opened the John Hauser Ironworks, specializing in wrought-iron ornamental fixtures.

 

John Hauser and his family spent much of the warmer months entertaining family and friends outdoors. Hauser’s passion for outdoor living, family and craftsmanship made him a leader in the outdoor furniture industry.

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The second generation of Hausers run the company today, and continue to create quality outdoor furniture with the same philosophy and passion that was passed on from John. Hauser continues to manufacture the majority of what they sell, themselves, locally. You can choose from a variety of materials and styles, including cast, tubular and wrought aluminum, rattan, teak, as well as all-weather rattan. Since Hauser is the manufacturer, customers can also mix and match styles and technologies and have Hauser’s state-of-the-art welding, paint and fabric production line produce the perfect piece.

 

Hauser takes pride in being a leader in outdoor furniture options. They are open year round to serve you and their dedicated staff are experts in their field.

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Your balcony is the perfect place for some serious lounging. Hauser offers a selection of quality outdoor chaise lounges and outdoor lounge seating, including sofas, chairs and ottomans. Choose from a variety of finishes and fabrics to suit your personal style.

 

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If wood is what you love for the outdoors, have a look at Hauser’s line of quality teak benches. It’s like having your own elegantly-styled park bench. Perfect for relaxing and looking out at Davisville Village.

 

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If you prefer to use your balcony as a place to sit and sip a cold drink, or perhaps enjoy a card game with a few friends, have a look at their line of outdoor tables and chairs. You’ll never have to fight the crowds to try and find a spot on a local patio this summer! It doesn’t get more local than this.

 

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Perhaps you prefer to grow something green in your outdoor space. Have a look at their line of outdoor planters, pots and topiaries and get growing with a little help from Hauser.

 

No matter what you like to use your balcony for, the experts at Hauser can help you make it all that it can be, and more!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you make your home feel like home. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Toronto’s winter farmers markets

 

The arrival of Spring is always welcome after a long Toronto winter. Soon, the grey and white of winter will give way to the green and gold of spring. Farmers will soon be peddling their wares at local farmers markets. While this is something to look forward to, you don’t have to wait another second to experience the fresh, local flavour. There are several farmers markets in Toronto that keep the barn doors open year-round. As winter draws to a close, it’s time to show these robust retailers some love.

 

MONDAY

 

Start the work week off right with a trip to the Sorauren Farmers Market at Sorauren Park (50 Wabash Ave). Hosted by the West End Food Co-op, this year-round market is open on Mondays from 3pm until 7pm. During the winter and early spring, the market is housed in the Sorauren Park Field House and provides local seasonal produce, meats, eggs, dairy, bread and baked goods — including gluten-free options. They also offer full meals and take-home dinners — because it’s Monday and you’re too tired to cook! There is also live music upstairs in the community eating area.

 

WEDNESDAY

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Montgomery’s Inn Farmers Market operates on Wednesdays from 2pm until 6pm, all year long. During the winter, the market is housed in the beautiful and historic 1840’s Inn. The kitchen and tavern are turned over to local vendors, offering fresh baked goods, organic produce, meats, cheeses, preserves, honey and treats of all kinds. There are often free tours of the museum on market days!

 

THURSDAY

 

Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 3pm to 7pm. This market, located in the park across from Dufferin Mall (with free parking), offers fresh, local and organic produce, as well as meat, dairy, fair-trade and wild game options. The market was launched in 2002. It focuses on creating a connection between urban consumers and local producers.

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The Toronto Botanical Garden Organic Farmers Market (777 Lawrence Ave East) also operates on Thursdays, from 2pm until 6pm, all year long. Find the freshest, healthiest foods, and meet the organic vendors behind them in one of the most beautiful gardens in the city. They sell fresh salad greens all winter long, plus veggies, free-range eggs, chicken, grass fed beef, pork, lamb, cheeses, maple syrup and more! Free parking is available.

 

SATURDAY

 

You’ve got some options when it comes to Saturday shopping at Toronto Farmers Markets. Evergreen Brickworks Farmers Market is open early, from 9am until 1pm. Featuring 25 local farmers and producers, they offer local produce, eggs, meats, cheeses and tastings. There is often live music too! While you’re there, be sure to explore the grounds and hike the nature trails.

 

The Stop Farmers Market, at Artscape Wychwood Barns, is open Saturdays from 8am to 1pm. This weekly community event features live music and local artisans, as well as loads of fresh, local, organic food.

Established in 1803, The St. Lawrence Market is a long-standing Toronto tradition, and one of world’s great markets. They get going early, with a market that is open from 5am until 2pm. It’s a great spot to soak up some local culture as well as stock up on local produce and products. Learn more about the amazing history of this local landmark in our feature article.


Eating seasonally and locally means a shorter travel time between your food and your table. Local food involves less energy and is more kind to the environment. Buying local is also a great way to support local farmers and producers, and there is no need to wait for summer to do it! For more information on local produce, and a full list of Toronto farmers’ markets, check out the Toronto Farmers Market Network.


Greenrock Property Management wants to connect you with your local community and all that is has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


A week in the life near Church and Wellesley

 

There is no place quite like Church and Wellesley Village. Home to the hip, the happening and the “what the heck?!”. From great food and bars, to world class theatre, games rooms and much more. You could say there is an almost overwhelming list of options for a night or day out in the neighbourhood. To help you make the most of your good times in the village, we have some fun ideas for a week in the life near Church and Wellesley. Enjoy!



Monday


Mondays can be a little dreary. When you need a beginning of the week escape plan, head to Riddle Room (579 Yonge Street). Riddle Room is a live escape room and board games cafe, all in one. An escape room is a live action game you play with your friends. Participants are ‘locked’ in a room and must solve puzzles, find clues and use their wits to escape before the clock runs out!



Riddle Room is also a no-cover board games cafe. They only ask that you buy a drink, then you can hang out and play a selection of over 200 board games and video games with your friends for as long as you like. They’re open daily from 2pm until midnight (10pm on Sundays). Find out more about Riddle Room in our feature article and interview.


Tuesday

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Let the good times roll at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street). This black box theatre is a great choice thanks to its ever-changing program of experimental and envelope-pushing theatre in the heart of the Village. Buddies believes that “theatre plays a vital role in the educational, social, and economic health of a community.” It’s hard to disagree with that! Rush tickets are available during the week, as well as Pay-What-You-Can shows every Sunday.

 

Wednesday

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Even with all the fun you’re having this week, it’s possible that by Wednesday, you’ve got some stress knots to work out. Ease the tension with a midweek trip to Elmspa (557 Church Street). Treat yourself to a selection of massages including Bamboo, Deep Tissue and Siam Herbal Massage. They also offer a variety of facials, as well as manly mani and pedi options in a serene and welcoming atmosphere. Learn more about Elmspa in our feature article.

 

Thursday

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Living at Village Green means you’re always only a hop, skip and jump from world class theatre and musicals at CAA Theatre at 651 Yonge Street (formerly the Panasonic). With a new season of shows just announced, it’s the perfect time to plan a grand night out. Learn more about special dinner and show packages, to save money while you celebrate.


Friday


In a landscape of constantly changing clubs and bars, Woody’s (465-467 Church Street) has managed to remain a favourite since 1989. A lot has changed in the world since they first opened their doors, but Woody’s keeps on top of things with a great roster of special events. There is something for everyone at Woody’s. They feature 5 different bars, each with a different vibe, so there really is something for everyone. No special occasion is required, stop by and see what all the fuss is about.


Saturday

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Burn off some steam, and set your sights on pure fun this Saturday at Stryke Target Range (738 Dundas Street East). It’s more fun than you can throw an axe at! Your group can choose from a list of super fun and surprisingly stress-relieving activities, including archery, axe throwing, knife throwing and air guns.

 

Sunday


It’s been a super fun week, and you’ve earned some serious down time! Sundays are designed for getting cozy at home with your favourite Netflix shows. You’ll need to keep your strength up for all this lounging around, so why not take a walk around the corner and enjoy a great brunch at Lola’s Kitchen (634 Church) before you commit to some couch time. Learn more about Lola’s in our feature post about them. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you won’t go hungry in this joint.


There is so much to do in the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood that trying to fit it all in can be the hardest part. We hope these fun activity ideas get you excited about a week in this awesome neighbourhood you call home.


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you connect with the fun and excitement that is all around you. We hope this post inspires you to explore your neighbourhood and discover what your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website

Donate to the Spring H.O.P.E Food Drive

Donate to the Spring H.O.P.E Food Drive

Donate to the Spring H.O.P.E Food Drive

 

It’s almost time for the Spring H.O.P.E. (Housing Owner and People Everywhere) Food Drive! This annual food drive, now in it’s 18th year, will take place on Wednesday April 19th, 2017 with the goal of collecting over 100,000 pounds of nutritious, non-perishable food items to help people in our community going through tough times. Greenrock Property Management has participated in this worthy initiative for years and will proudly do so again in 2017. Join us! For every pound of food collected, Greenrock will match $1.00 in donation to the food bank.

 

The Spring H.O.P.E. Food Drive is the largest door-to-door food drive in Canada. It is organized by the Greater Toronto Apartment Association (GTAA) in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank, The Mississauga Food Bank and the North York Harvest Food Bank. Greenrock Property Management is proud to join with over 1,000 apartment buildings in the GTA to assist our friends and neighbours who find themselves in need during the lean summer months when food bank shelves start getting light.

 

Most people who accept support from food banks do so temporarily. They visit the food bank when they need some help, usually for 6 months to a year, often due to illness or loss of employment. Over 30 percent of the recipients of the food collected are children, so please donate all you can to help ensure your neighbours are healthy, happy and well fed.

 

 

You can help the Spring H.O.P.E Food Drive reach its goal in a variety of ways. Make an online donation at www.springhopefooddrive.ca, bring food down to your superintendent or site office in advance of the food drive on April 19th, or donate when our building staff and/or volunteers canvass door-to-door through your building. If you will not be at home between 6:30pm and 9pm on Wednesday April 19th, you can leave your donations in a bag outside your door that evening. If you’d like to volunteer to help collect donations in your building on the evening of the drive, please let your Superintendent know.

 

Greenrock Property Management  is proud to support the Spring H.O.P.E Food Drive once again. We hope you’ll join us this year by making a donation and we’d like to thank you in advance for making a difference! Together we will feed those in need and support our community.

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