Heavy gauge corrugated metal installed in 1991 to drain the ravine of the Wilson Brook.

Wilson Brook Storm Sewer

Wilson Brook
East Don River tributary stream

Year of Construction:

Construction Details:
Low concrete box culvert beneath Eglinton Avenue (built c. 1950s); Corrugated Metal Pipe (2400mm, installed c. 1991); Reinforced Concrete Pipe (2400mm, installed 2001 to replace original c.1970s section of sewer, which was probably 2700mm CMP).

Further Reading:
Why did we bury this creek?

Archival Material:

This is a short creek drain, running just under a kilometer beneath the industrial/commercial lands south of Eglinton Avenue and west of Victoria Park. It carries the Wilson Brook under municipal works yards, the Victoria Village Arena, and an emergency snow dump site created in 1991 by burying a further section of the creek. The earliest section of the culvert, probably originally built of corrugated metal like the 1991 extension, was replaced in 2001 with concrete pipe (apparently bought on the cheap, see surplus manufacturer's markings, below).

Wilson Brook is named after an early pioneer family who farmed several properties on the heights above the East Don River, north and south of Eglinton Avenue (Concession 4).

For more information, read the accompanying article:
Why did we bury this creek?

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