Black Creek (Toronto)

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Black Creek
Black Creek Toronto.jpg
Black Creek at Eglinton Avenue West
Black Creek (Toronto) is located in Toronto
Black Creek (Toronto)
Location of the mouth of the creek in Toronto
RegionGolden Horseshoe
Physical characteristics
Sourceretention basin
 • locationVaughan, Regional Municipality of York
 • coordinates43°49′35″N 79°33′34″W / 43.82639°N 79.55944°W / 43.82639; -79.55944[2]
 • elevation210 m (690 ft)[3]
MouthHumber River
 • location
 • coordinates
43°40′09″N 79°30′41″W / 43.66917°N 79.51139°W / 43.66917; -79.51139[1]Coordinates: 43°40′09″N 79°30′41″W / 43.66917°N 79.51139°W / 43.66917; -79.51139[1]
 • elevation
89 m (292 ft)[3]
Basin size66 km2 (25 sq mi)

Black Creek is a river in the Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario, Canada. It flows from the city of Vaughan in the Regional Municipality of York to the Humber River in Toronto.[1][2][4] Black Creek is smaller than most of the waterways in the Greater Toronto Area.


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 210 metres (689 ft).[3] 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.[1][2][4]

Much of the river consists of culverts south of Highway 401 and 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. From Weston Road, Black Creek runs along a man-made concrete waterway along Humber Boulevard, Alliance Avenue and 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 89 metres (292 ft).[1][2][4][3]

Lavender Creek[edit]

Lavender Creek's source is near Dufferin Street and Eglinton Avenue West. It has long been buried from Fairbank Park to east of Weston Road and north-east of the Gunns Road intersection. It travels underground under Weston Road west through a culvert before re-emerging. From north of Gunns Road, the watercourse continues west to Symes Road and continues north, behind the homes on Hilldale Road to meet Black Creek south-west of Humber Boulevard and Alliance Avenue.[5]

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
  • Weston, Toronto - 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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Black Creek". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  2. ^ a b c d "Toporama (on-line map and search)". Atlas of Canada. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  3. ^ a b c d "Google Earth". Retrieved 2020-08-08.
  4. ^ a b c "Ontario Geonames GIS (on-line map and search)". Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. 2014. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  5. ^ Micallef, Shawn (2015-05-27). "Searching for the buried Lavender Creek". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2018-06-11.

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