Humber River

Humber by Canoe is Going Virtual!

This year we are celebrating the Humber River in a different way! Our fun-filled family event Humber By Canoe returns in a brand new virtual format — just a click away!

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) Humber by Canoe is an annual community event that gives the public a unique opportunity to paddle the Humber River, free of charge and with safety professionals on site.

Humber By Canoe offers family activities, educational programming, and live performances — all to promote the rich cultural and recreational values of the Humber River.

paddlers take part in Humber By Canoe event in 2019
Humber by Canoe, 2019.

Although we won’t be able to host Humber by Canoe in person this year, during the month of September we will be posting exclusive content right here, curated specifically for Humber by Canoe!

Celebrate the rich natural, cultural, and recreational heritage of the Humber River from the comfort of your home. Watch a blessing performed by and Indigenous Elder, learn about the Humber by Canoe event, view our canoe route, and discover the exciting projects taking place within the Humber watershed this year!

Join the Celebration!

Starting on September 13, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is be releasing a new video every day for five days to honour the heritage of the Humber River and its significance in our communities!

Visit this page to watch the videos and share with others who live, work, and play in the Humber River watershed.

Humber by Canoe


TRCA Humber Projects

Learn about the exciting and impactful projects being done throughout the Humber Watershed by the diligent staff at TRCA.

Indigenous Blessing

A Canadian Heritage River

Canoeing the Humber River

History of the Humber

A Personal Connection

About the Humber River

In 1999, the Humber River was officially designated under the Canadian Heritage Rivers System (CHRS) for its significant cultural and recreational values, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), the Humber Heritage Community, and dedicated community members.

The Humber is the only Canadian Heritage River in the GTA, and one of only 40 designated rivers across Canada.

Humber River Heritage designation ceremony in 1999
The Humber River was designated to the Canadian Heritage Rivers System in 1999.

The Humber River has rich human history as a home for Indigenous peoples along its banks, as an ancient transportation route known as the Carrying Place Trail, and as a site for many of Toronto’s post-European settlement homes and industries.

The Carrying Place Trail is one of the oldest established transportation routes in Canada and is the highlight of the Humber’s CHRS designation.