Toronto's extensive network of ravines are an important element in our city's ecology, carving through all parts of the city and shaping the surrounding built form. In response to the growing population, changing climate, and increased development pressure, a strategy is being developed to guide future use and protection of the ravines and ensure that these fragile natural resources are preserved.

Since early last year, the City of Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) have been consulting with the public and stakeholders towards a comprehensive strategy for our ravine system. With a set of principles and actions now in place, the City is turning to the public for feedback before the finalization of the policies. 

Gold course at Yonge and 401 within the Don River Valley, image by Jonathan Stokes via Flickr

The City is hosting eight upcoming Ravine Strategy pop-up consultations in various locations around Toronto, where members of the public will have the chance to voice their input on the strategy. A full list of the planned meetings is included below:

Toronto and East York District: 

• Saturday, June 18 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Community Environment Day in Ward 31, East York Memorial Arena parking lot, 888 Cosburn Ave. at Cedarvale Avenue

• Tuesday, July 5 from 3 to 7 PM at the Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market, Trinity Bellwoods Park, near Shaw Street and Dundas Street West

North York District: 

• Saturday, July 2 from 2 to 6 PM at the Northwood Park (behind the community centre on the north side of the asphalt path), 15 Clubhouse Ct. 

• Friday, July 8 from 4 to 8 PM at the Edithvale Community Centre, 131 Finch Ave. W.         

Scarborough District: 

• Saturday, July 9 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Community Environment Day in Ward 41, Nashdene Yard, 70 Nashdene Rd.     

• Sunday, July 17, from 2 to 6 PM at the Thompson Memorial Park (behind museum along main path), 1007 Brimley Rd.             

Etobicoke York District: 

• Saturday, July 16 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Community Environment Day in Ward 1, Albion Centre, 1530 Albion Rd. 

• Saturday, July 30 from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Junction Farmers Market, 2960 Dundas St. W.

Following consultation work this summer, the final strategy is expected to be completed next April. Additional pop-ups may be added, and the public can stay up to date on new meetings, as well as learn more about the City's ravine strategy by following this link.