Browse Ravine Days events in the City’s Festival and Events Calendar.

September 30 to October 9, 2023

Ravine Days is an annual city-wide celebration of Toronto’s ravine system. Activities about and throughout the ravines – from talks and tours, to exhibitions and creative workshops – are held in collaboration with community partners.

Browse Ravine Days events in the City’s Festival and Events Calendar. Events are typically posted in the calendar by early September.

Ravine Days brings together City-led and community-driven events that showcase and celebrate Toronto’s unique ravine system. These events foster appreciation and respect for the ravines as natural and connected spaces that are essential for the health and well-being of the city. Past events have included nature walks, virtual panel discussions, farmers markets, creative workshops and more.

Submit a Ravine Days event to the Festivals and Events Calendar.

Non-profit organizations and community groups are invited to host events during Ravine Days. Past events have included ravine walks, virtual panel discussions, creative workshops and more.

The City supports participating groups with their event planning and promotions. This includes helping organizers navigate park permits, City venues, ecological considerations and potential funding opportunities, as well as helping to promote the events through the City’s Festivals and Events Calendar and on social media.

Use the Ravine Days Map to learn about and explore local ravines. Points of interest include:

  • art installations
  • community hubs
  • sites of Indigenous, historical, and environmental significance
  • featured multi-use trails

Learn more about park, trail and natural spaces etiquette.

Before making your way into the ravines, consider the following:

  • Plan your route; take advantage of nearby TTC stops and park facilities.
  • Visit during the daylight hours as many trails are not lit to minimize artificial light impacts on wildlife.
  • Check the weather and avoid visiting during storms, which can lead to hazards such as flooding and falling tree branches.
  • Stay on official trails and use proper footwear such as running shoes or hiking boots to tackle stairs, slopes and uneven surfaces.
  • Consider wearing long pants and sleeves to protect yourself against hazardous vegetation like poison ivy and giant hogweed, as well as tick bites.
  • Apply bug spray and sunscreen.
  • Pack a water bottle and plan your bathroom breaks.

In addition to Ravine Days activities, the City runs a number of volunteer programs, community stewardship events and walking tours throughout the year, many of them within the ravines.

Nearly a third of Torontonians live less than a 10-minute walk from a ravine, and many more pass through ravines on a trip to their local park or as part of their daily commute.

Formed over time by running water, Toronto’s ravine landscape includes everything from large river valleys – like the Rouge, Don, and Humber – to networks of smaller creeks and streams including Mimico, Taylor and Highland Creeks, as well as buried waterways such as Garrison Creek.

Explore the locations of Toronto’s ravines in detail by selecting the Ravine and Natural Feature Protection By-Law Boundary on the Toronto Boundary Map.

Toronto’s ravines contain Environmentally Significant Areas (ESAs), which help safeguard threatened biodiversity.

Visit Toronto’s Ravine Strategy to get updates on its implementation and key accomplishments and to find ways to get involved.