Three Toronto Nature (Urban Wild) Initiatives

OK, I officially am hearting instagram even more than ever.

While browsing through great nature photos and finding other naturelovers, I was also introduced to some incredible initiatives in Toronto. Kudos Instagram! Thanks for hooking me up.

It's so great to be able to learn about these new (to me) project and I must say that it's really inspiring  to see all that is going on in this southern Ontario metropolis and how active and creative Torontonians are!

Definitely check out these initiatives - including their websites and also add them to your instagram feeds!


Screen capture of Accidental Parkland website

Accidental Parkland (Metal Dog Films)  

Website: www.accidentalparkland.tv

Excerpts from their website: "Accidental Parkland is a documentary project on the changing nature and sustained value of Toronto’s urban waterways, both the waterfront and ravines...  Toronto’s 44,000-acre ravine system is thirty times the size of Central Park in New York that is distributed throughout the region, interconnecting the entire Greater Toronto Area from the Oak Ridges Moraine to Lake Ontario... People come from around the world to see how the Toronto region preserves and manages its watersheds."  

Their instagram feed provides great educational posts and their documentary includes interviews with Jennifer Keesmaat, City of Toronto's Chief Planner, Geoff Cape, CEO of Evergreen and many others including Lake Ontario Waterkeepers, Arborists and Architects.

You can even watch it right now - it's a video-on-demand available on Fibe TV!



Every Park Project 

Website: everypark.ca

Did you know that the city of Toronto has over 1500 parks and parkettes?  This one Torontonian is challenging themselves to go to every single one.   Currently the count is at 183 (and 216 Instagram posts!).  There's no information at the website or Facebook page but hopefully there will be more details soon.



Photo Credit: Katrina Afonso

The Laneway Project 

Website: thelanewayproject.ca

From their website: "Laneways have a huge amount of untapped potential. While currently acting primarily as service corridors, when planned and designed effectively they can be an integral and multi-purpose part of our public realm. Laneways can provide extensive cultural, economic, social, health and environmental benefits. They can play a role in creating engaging, lively and richly textured places where people want to live, work and visit."

This project reminds me of the Green Alley project in Montreal!  Enjoy some inspiring efforts by following them on instagram!

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