Toronto welcomed its first snowfall all the way back in November 2021. After taking some photos at the local park, we decided to head off to Evergreen Brickworks as the winter scenery is always gorgeous there. I’m always thankful that my love of photography brings me to these beautiful spaces.
Evergreen Brickworks is hands down one of my favourite places to visit during autumn. Our first visit of the autumn season was on Halloween day. We were here on Halloween of last year as well. While I was able to capture some gorgeous scenes both times, it was interesting to see the difference. The leaves were a lot farther along in their transformations last year, for sure. We only visited on Halloween this year since any time before then, the leaves were still green. Last year, Halloween was our second visit of the season and many of the trees were looking a little bare by that point.
We climbed up the steep hill here for the first time and the view from up top was so beautiful. I’ve never gotten photos like that before and I’m so happy I was able to see that view with my own eyes. As much as I love the other seasons, autumn is my favourite to photograph. Which is ironic as I despise the shorter days and the sunsets that occur earlier and earlier during this time.
Lately, many places in Toronto have frozen due to the crazy cold weather. The pond at Brickworks is one of those places. The ice was visible in some parts but due to the snowfall the day before, the pond was mostly covered in snow. It was such a beautiful scene and one that’s strikingly different, even in winter.
So, not only did I want to take photos at Brickworks during winter, I got to do that AND do it on Christmas after a snowstorm the night before! This may sound super cheesy, but it really felt like being inside a winter wonderland, or a snow globe after all the shaken snow settled. The snow clung to the trees in a way that doesn’t always happen and the atmosphere was silent. The only sounds in the air was distant chatter and the crunching of snow underneath your feet.
Since this year has been very different, we decided to do something different. Other families had the same idea but luckily, it wasn’t super crowded and people stuck to themselves or their group. I think it’s safe to say that absolutely everyone was in awe at the beauty of nature around them.
I hope that I’ll be able to visit again after another snowstorm. And let’s be frank, in Toronto another snowstorm is guaranteed. I only wish that I’ll be able to get there soon enough before all that fresh snow gets stepped on.
Our second visit to Brickworks this year, and on Halloween to boot! As you may remember, the 31st was also the last day before daylight savings ended. I really wanted to venture out and take advantage of that hour of sunlight we’d be losing. Under normal circumstances, we would be giving out chocolate to the kids, but this year we decided that it would be for the best if we skipped out.
Instead we decided to head out for some fresh air and beautiful nature. On a normal weekend, there would definitely be a lot more people out and about so bring a mask just in case. But on Halloween, I had a feeling that many people would be at home and that Brickworks would be more or less deserted. Last weekend, there were larger crowds out but as I had hoped, not so much on Halloween. We were able to head off on a longer trail and I was able to get some photos I was really happy with. This time, the whole family was out with no time constrictions so we were able to stay for a lot longer compared to the week before.
I really enjoy coming here and it’s so peaceful to be just surrounded by nature. The trees are definitely emptier now so this might have been our last autumn visit, sadly.
In Toronto, Evergreen Brickworks is the place to be during fall. No matter where you go, you’re surrounded by vivid, autumn leaves. If you decide to venture up higher, there are many trails you can lose yourself in. If not, there are places to explore down below. Either way, this is definitely a place where you do not want to rush your way through. If you let yourself absorb the views surrounding you, you won’t regret it!