Black Creek (Toronto)

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Black Creek
Black Creek Toronto.jpg
Black Creek at Eglinton Avenue West
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Golden Horseshoe
Source retention basin
 - location Vaughan, Regional Municipality of York
 - elevation 209 m (686 ft)
 - coordinates 43°49′35″N 79°33′34″W / 43.82639°N 79.55944°W / 43.82639; -79.55944
Mouth Humber River
 - location Toronto
 - elevation 106 m (348 ft)
 - coordinates 43°40′10″N 79°30′41″W / 43.66944°N 79.51139°W / 43.66944; -79.51139Coordinates: 43°40′10″N 79°30′41″W / 43.66944°N 79.51139°W / 43.66944; -79.51139
Basin 66 km2 (25 sq mi)
Location of the mouth of Black Creek in Toronto

Black Creek is a river in the Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario, Canada. It flows from the city of Vaughan in Regional Municipality of York to the Humber River in Toronto.


The creek begins in the Vellore neighbourhood of Vaughan at the outflow from a Retention basin just north west of the intersection of Weston Road and Rutherford Road at an elevation of 209 metres (686 ft). It flows southeast under Highway 400 at Langstaff Road, heads south, then turns sharply east to Jane Street, where it once again turns south into the neighbourhood of Edgeley. The creek continues south under Highway 7, Highway 407 and Steeles to reach Toronto at the eponymous Black Creek Pioneer Village open-air historic museum. It passes the main York University campus, heads into the Downsview area, and passes under Highway 401 to Jane Street. From that point, the creek valley provides the routing for the eponymous Black Creek Drive, which follows the creek south to past Eglinton Avenue West to Weston Road in the neighbourhood of Mount Dennis. The creek turns southwest, flows through Lambton Golf Club, and reaches its mouth as a left tributary of the Humber River near Scarlett Road and Dundas Street West at an elevation of 106 metres (348 ft).


Black Creek is smaller than most of the waterways in the Greater Toronto Area. Much of the river consist of culverts south of Highway 401 and Jane Street. Along Humber Boulevard North from Weston Road to Alliance Avenue, Black Creek runs along a man-made concrete waterway.

August 2005 flooding[edit]

On August 19, 2005, Black Creek was the site of heavy flooding as a result of extremely heavy rains that afternoon. Its overflow destroyed a culvert on Finch Avenue. It is also one of the most polluted waterways as much of the Toronto section runs through industrial areas and industrial run off often enters the creek.


  • Lambton, Toronto - residential area in Toronto
  • Mount Dennis, Toronto - light to medium industrial area - including former home to Kodak Canada and new Toronto Transit Commission bus garage
  • Downsview, Toronto
  • Edgeley, Vaughan - commercial and light industrial area
  • Vellore, Vaughan - residential area

Attractions and protected areas[edit]

  • York University, Toronto
  • Oakdale Golf and Country Club, Toronto
  • Beechwood Cemetery, Vaughan
  • Weston-400 North Industrial Area, Vaughan
  • North York Sheridan Mall, Toronto
  • Lambton Golf and Country Club, Toronto
  • Chris Tonks Arena, Toronto
  • Derrydowns Park
  • Topcliffe Park
  • Northwood Park
  • Downsview Dells Park
  • Chalkfarm Park
  • Upwood Park
  • Coronation Park
  • Keelesdale Park
  • Smythe Park
  • Lambton Park
  • Glen Scarlett Park
  • Rockcliffe-Symthe Gulley

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