In 2012, local photographer Robert Burley was commissioned by the City of Toronto to document Toronto’s natural spaces at this pivotal time in the city’s history. The resulting book, An Enduring Wilderness: Toronto’s Natural Parklands, provides evidence of these considerable natural areas and help to communicate and celebrate their ecological value and civic function.

Toronto has approximately 8,000 ha of public parkland, about half of which is natural parkland. With Toronto’s population expected to grow  to 3.4 million people by 2041, the importance of these natural parklands is ever increasing.

An Enduring Wilderness: Toronto’s Natural Parklands contains photographs by Robert Burley, with writing by Anne Michaels, Michael Mitchell, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Alissa York, George Elliott Clarke, and Wayne Reeves that explores the complex relationship between Toronto’s public wilderness spaces and civic life.

The book is published by Toronto publisher ECW Press and is available for purchase wherever you purchase books. You can also buy the book through the  Copies also available for viewing at Toronto Public Libraries.