Where Learning is Natural

The Arboretum

Located behind Humber College's North campus, the Humber Arboretum consists of botanical gardens and natural areas surrounding the Humber River. This unique site is home to the Carolinian bioregion, the most diverse ecosystem in Canada, and boasts over 1,700 species of plants and animals. The Humber Arboretum covers approximately 250 acres (101 ha) of the West Humber River Valley between Highway 27 and the 427 and is easily accessed from Humber College Blvd.

The Humber Arboretum was started through the initiative of Humber College horticulture students in 1977. Its purpose is to facilitate research and education, establish and maintain living plant collections, promote conservation and restoration practices, and provide a quality visitor experience. It is a joint venture of the City of Toronto, Humber College, and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

The Arboretum includes over six kilometers of walking trails with a walking time of approximately 2 hours (Download a Trail Map PDF in black and white or colour). The trails and gardens are free and accessible to the general public. Come explore a world of beauty.

The Centre for Urban Ecology

The Centre for Urban Ecology is a facility that demonstrates how we can work towards creating a sustainable environment in our own urban spaces. It provides a venue for education and research on urban ecology and maintains the lowest possible environmental impact.

This building has achieved the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification, which distinguishes building projects that have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability by meeting the highest performance standards.

Together the Humber Arboretum and Centre for Urban Ecology create one of Toronto's premier urban ecosystems. The Centre provides environmental and outdoor education programs and camps for children, families, and community members.

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We offer a variety of interactive outdoor education programs for groups of all ages to encourage a better understanding of our environment. Have something specific you want to cover? No problem! We pride ourselves on our ability to customize any workshop to suit your needs. Learn More

Photography & Events

The beauty of the Arboretum lends itself to creative photography and memorable events. There are a variety of gardens, along with ponds, forests, waterfalls, mature trees, wooden walkways, bridges, and stone paths. We also have theme gardens such as the Garden of the Rising Moon and the Tranquility Garden. Learn more about how to use the Arboretum for your wedding ceremony or photography or how to book one of our spaces for other events.


We also offer week-long nature day camps during July, August, and the winter break. Whether it's snow shoeing and maple syrup harvesting during March Break or canoeing and forest exploration at Summer Camp, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Arboretum! Learn More


There are many ways you can support the activities of the Humber Arboretum and the Centre for Ecology. We invite you to learn how your support will make a difference.

Please contact us today:
Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
205 Humber College Blvd Toronto, ON M9W 5L7
Tel 416-675-5009
(Charitable registration # 107497273RR0001)