Tours

Grey to Green is proud to offer comprehensive tours led by subject matter experts. 

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Gro-bark bus tour

This tour includes bus transportation to Gro-Bark's Caledon soil blending facility and a comprehensive site tour. Gro-Bark® produces mulch and soil products almost entirely from feed-stocks that would otherwise be considered waste. Bark mulch, aged bark and composted bark are produced using by-products from sawmills and forestry operations. The tour will demonstrate open windrow composting of municipal leaf and yard waste; mulch production from bark and urban wood removals; bark composting and refining; and, custom blending of soilless media and engineered soils. Additionally, the plant tour includes an introduction to lab testing procedures and equipment and then three workshops to learn more about engineered soils.

Tour Guide: Neil McKeown, Business Development Manager at Gro-Bark

Date: May 15
Time: 12:30pm - 5:00pm

Meeting Place: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto

Standalone tour price: $79.00 (CAD) 

 
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Green Wall Walking Tour

The Green Wall Walking Tour will profile green walls hidden throughout downtown Toronto. This guided walking tour will be lead by a green wall expert who will describe the design process behind green walls. 

Tour Guides: Laura Kennedy, Technical Expert and Mitch Cowburn, Design Consultant, Nedlaw Living Walls

Date: May 15
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meeting Place: The Robertson Building, 215 Spadina Ave.

Standalone tour price: $39.00 (CAD) 

 

 
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Healthy Hospitals Tour

Studies show that the built environment has a profound effect on human health which is why Grey to Green's Healthy Hospital tour will explore the relationship between green infrastructure and healthcare showcasing Bridgepoint Active Health Care and Women's College Hospital as leading examples. 

Bridgepoint Active Health Care, designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, is a 2016 CitiesAlive Award of Excellence Winner. An accessible, therapeutic green roof terrace on the 10th floor extends the therapeutic benefits of nature vertically and offers active horticultural therapy. Patients can participate in a gardening program and engage in self-directed rehabilitation. 

Women's College Hospital was designed by Perkins Eastman Black in partnership with IBI Group. The hospital's green roof improves storm water management, and better regulates the building temperature while providing a calming view for patients. Learn how the interior of WCH was designed to create a welcoming and stress-reducing environment. 

The Healthy Hospitals will further your knowledge on the importance of designing a built environment that positively impacts human health.

Tour Guide: Antra Roze, Diamond Schmitt Architects, Martin Valdmanis, IBI Group, Gyana Meera, Perkins Eastman Black, Lori-Jai Colucci, Perkins Eastman Black

Date: May 17
Time: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Meeting Place: East Side of the Building on the Main Floor close to Tim Hortons

Standalone tour price: $39.00 (CAD) 

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Urban Agriculture Tour

Due to construction, we no longer have access to the Ryerson Rooftop Farm. Alternatively, we will be touring the Native Family and Child Services of Toronto green roof and farm. This complex green roof features aboriginal art and culture, the traditional "Three Sisters" farming method, and various medicinal crops. In addition, visit the Bowery Project plot at Sherbourne and Gerrard and learn how the Bowery Project is revitalizing vancant space in Toronto using urban agriculture. 

Date: May 15
Time: 1: 00pm- 3:00pm

Meeting Place: Native Family and Child Services of Toronto, 30 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1K2

Standalone tour price: $39.00 (CAD)

 
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corktown common walking tour

Visit Toronto's East End green infrastructure with a walking tour through the new Corktown Common and Canary District. Corktown common was designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and has transformed the area from an abandoned post-industrial site to a beautiful asset of the Flood Protection Landing to manage stormwater around the Donlands. Learn more about the growth of the vital green infrastructure in this area including the impact of the the Canary District and Cooper Koo YMCA green roofs. 

Tour Guide: TBD

Date: May 15
Time: 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Meeting Place: Toronto Cooper Koo Family Cherry St YMCA Centre, 461 Cherry St, Toronto, ON M5A 0H7

Standalone tour price: $39.00 (CAD)