Canadian Geographic



EVERGREEN BRICK WORKS For almost a century, the brick works and its clay quarry on Toronto’s Lower Don River ( RIGHT) turned out the city’s red building blocks. It was abandoned for decades before Evergreen (an organizati­on with the mission of inspiring green cities) took over in 2010, trees and wildflower­s were planted in the clay-pit ravines, nature trails were blazed and the site’s crumbling factory buildings were rehabilita­ted. Today, the site is not only a world-renowned greenspace but also a wild sanctuary in the city and an impressive homage to industrial history. The Saturday farmers market is a Toronto staple and the city’s larg- est, and in spring 2018, the nearly 5,000-square-metre kiln building will reopen as a carbon-neutral complex that will showcase green urban innovation projects from around the world.

VANDUSEN BOTANICAL GARDEN This 22-hectare retreat in the middle of Vancouver is home to more than 7,500 plant species, a 3,000-cedar Elizabetha­n hedge maze and a plethora of urban wildlife, but its undulating visitor centre ( LEFT) is still a showsteale­r. Designed in the shape of orchid petals, the net-zero energy and water facility has won internatio­nal sustainabi­lity awards, in part for its plant-covered “living roofs” and rooftop rainwater collection and redistribu­tion. vandusenga­

GOING DRIVERLESS IN PERTH One of the world’s first fully autonomous electric buses completed a test year on the streets of Perth, Australia, in late 2017, having carried 5,000 passengers a collective 6,000 kilometres by November. Now the Western Australian capital has joined Paris in the first trials of a small fleet of autonomous electric cars, which will operate much like driverless (though chaperoned) Ubers. Would you hop in?

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