Humber River Celebrates 20th Anniversary as a Canadian Heritage River

This year, we celebrate the Humber River’s 20th anniversary as a Canadian Heritage 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.

In celebrating, we will reflect upon the many accomplishments in protecting, restoring and enhancing the Humber River over the past two decades, and look to future opportunities for heritage preservation, collaboration, engagement and enjoyment of the Humber River.

We invite you to join us throughout the year to commemorate the River’s 20th Anniversary. Stay tuned to our website and social media accounts, and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on events, projects and celebrations across the watershed in 2019!