I look through my camera down into the Don River Valley. I’m standing on the north sidewalk of the Prince Edward Viaduct — more popularly known as the Bloor Viaduct — a bridge built between 1915 and 1918 to span the valley and connect Toronto’s east neighbourhoods to its downtown core. The traffic on the bridge is urban and frenetic; the valley floor, caught on my viewfinder fifty metres below, is natural and idyllic. I’m physically fixed in the city proper, but my mind is lost in the primal ravine, a lush green expanse with its own complex system of creeks and rivers extending for miles into the city in all directions. I’m standing in a spot I ought to know well: it’s less than a ten-minute walk from my home and on a thoroughfare I cross and re-cross at least twice a day. Travelling “up here” my movement is constrained, like a chess piece, by the urban grid. “Down there” the travel restrictions are fewer, and more mysterious: I can wander, amble, meander, and explore.

-Robert Burley

“a genuinely significant and timeless book”
John Stilgoe, Landscape Historian, Harvard University

“an incredible visual tour that brings to life the strange juxtapositions between urban and rustic that characterize Toronto”
Alex Bozikovic, Globe and Mail

“This highly personal, harmonic effort forces you to reconsider what a park is, and in doing so will forever change the way you see the city that you thought you knew.”
Charles A. Birnbaum, The Cultural Landscape Foundation

An Enduring Wilderness: Toronto’s Natural Parklands
Published by ECW Press, 2017

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