Toronto’s Greenest Choice
Congratulations to the winners!
Toronto’s Greenest Choice 2018 invited Toronto residents to vote for the places, spaces and businesses that are helping to make our city one of the greenest in North America. And vote, you did! More than 80,000 votes were cast in 25 categories. Thank you, Toronto!
See the winners and runners up, below.
Winner – Blue Jay
- The blue jay is a native bird known for its distinctive colour and call. It’s also associated with Toronto’s Major League Baseball team.
- Northern Cardinal
- Red Tailed Hawk
Winner – Toronto Islands
- Toronto Islands. End to end the flat bike trail is 5.5 km but can be easily tripled if you include the various side trails that lead to beaches, lookouts and other interesting places.
- Martin Goodman Trail
- Humber River Trail
Winner – Toronto Island Park
- Toronto Island Park: A short ferry ride from downtown, Toronto Island Park offers activities and attractions for all ages, including picnic areas, swimming, fishing, bird watching, an amusement park, Far Enough Farm, the Franklin Children’s Garden, disc golf, and more.
Winner – MEC
- MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) offers lots of gear, know-how and inspiration for outdoor enthusiasts. It’s Canada’s largest consumer co-operative with more than 4.5 million members. MEC’s missions statement includes making and marketing products sustainably, and striving to build and operate their facilities with minimum ecological impact.
Eco-friendly Baby and Kids
Winner – MEC
- MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) offers lots of gear, know-how and inspiration for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. MEC is Canada’s largest consumer co-operative with more than 4.5 million members, offering an extensive selection of baby and kids clothing, accessories and gear.
Winner – St. Lawrence Market
- St. Lawrence Farmers’ Market: A city landmark for more than 200 years, the St. Lawrence Market features more than 120 specialty vendors that sell a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, grains, baked goods, and dairy products.
Winner – 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower
- 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower’s Canadian cuisine features Ontario-grown ingredients with a spectacular view of the city, more than 350 metres above the city.
FeastON is a certification program that recognizes restaurants committed to sourcing Ontario grown and made food and drink.
Winner – Allan Gardens Conservatory
- Allen Gardens Conservatory is an indoor botanical garden where you’ll find a wide variety of plants, such as orchids, bananas, cacti, hibiscus in six greenhouses. It dates back to 1858 when prominent local politician George Allan offered the Toronto Horticultural Society a five-acre parcel of land to develop a garden.
Grown at Home
Winner – Tomatoes
- Toronto’s favorite, the tomato, can be grown easily on balconies, decks and in gardens.
- Hot Peppers
Winner – High Park
- High Park: Over one-third of High Park remains in its natural state and is home to turtle ponds, rare black oak savannah, native flowers, and more. The park is also home to it’s famous capybaras, spring cherry blossoms, Jamie Bell Adventure Park, and an extensive off-leash area, known as ‘Dog Hill’.
Organic Food Delivery
Sharing and/or Second Hand
Winner – Chipmunk
- Found in Toronto’s many forested areas, chipmunks are known for stuffing their large cheeks with nuts and seeds.
- Eastern Cottontail
Vegetarian or Vegan Restaurant
Winner – Riverdale Cleaners
- Riverdale Cleaners, at 746 Broadview Ave, offers wet cleaning, a non-toxic alternative to dry cleaning.
- Glenforest Cleaners – 3309 Yonge Street
Wet cleaning is a eco-friendly alternative to traditional dry cleaning that doesn’t require use of toxic chemicals.
Vintage and Consignment
Winner – Courage My Love
- Located in Kensington Market, Courage My Love offers vintage clothing, clothing, jewellery, accessories and more.
- Kind Exchange – now closed
About Toronto's Greenest Choice
Toronto’s Greenest Choice asks Torontonians to vote for their favourite places, spaces and businesses that are helping to make Toronto a great, green city.
The City of Toronto makes no endorsement, representation or warranty, express or implied, relating to the competence, quality, or suitability of any business or place part of Toronto’s Greenest Choice. It is the responsibility of the user to perform due diligence into the merits of the businesses, places or things that are part of Toronto’s Greenest Choice.