A new book celebrates Toronto’s parks and ravine systems.
The City of Toronto announced the publication of a new, hardcover coffee-table book called An Enduring Wilderness: Toronto’s Natural Parkland.
The book and an associated photo exhibition are the result of a collaboration by photographer Robert Burley and six writers. The final product documents and celebrates Toronto’s over 4000 hectares of natural parklands and the important role they play in offering residents access to forests, wetlands, beaches, bluffs, creeks and rivers.
“Robert Burley has beautifully captured the natural parts of our city that offer Torontonians respite,” said Mayor John Tory in a statement. “As our city continues to grow, it is important that we take the time to enjoy these spaces and protect them for future generations.”
According to the City, the photographs and stories complement other significant Toronto initiatives – such as the naturalization of the mouth of the Don River, the creation of Rouge National Urban Park and the planning now taking place for a Rail Deck Park.
“An Enduring Wilderness is part of an ongoing conversation we are having with the residents of Toronto about the importance of ravines and natural parklands to our quality of life,” said Jennifer Keesmaat, the City of Toronto’s Chief Planner. “There’s a balance we work to maintain between urban intensification and maintaining and creating those green spaces that are necessary for a high quality of life.”
The book is available for purchase through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and a portion of the purchase price goes to the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation.
An exhibition of photos from the book is on display as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. The exhibit runs through May 26 at the John B. Aird Gallery, 900 Bay St. The gallery is located on the ground floor of the Macdonald Block (southwest corner of Bay and Wellesley Streets).