Picture this… The paddle splashes as the canoe glides gently across the surface of the water. A Blue Heron soars overhead. Suddenly, it feels as though you’ve escaped the city and found your way to a northern Ontario river. This is no imaginary scene. It’s an example of what’s possible during Humber By Canoe, a paddling experience being held Sunday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m. and you’re invited to take part.
Organized by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Humber by Canoe is your chance to explore the beauty and wonder of the much-storied Humber River in a unique way. Discovering the river by canoe is a fitting way to take in the Humber River’s rich heritage and wildlife. There, on the water, you may find yourself imagining the Indigenous peoples who travelled up and down the river centuries ago, followed by voyageurs and early European settlers.
“This is an opportunity to experience Humber River unlike any other. Once you’re paddling on the Humber, immersed in the sights and sounds of this stunning watercourse, what you feel is a sense of awe for the surroundings and for the important role the river played in the history of our nation. It’s an experience that shouldn’t be missed”, John MacKenzie, CEO, TRCA said.
The Humber River is steeped in history and tradition. As one of Toronto’s nine rivers, it continues to be a vital watercourse as a place to relax, to recreate and to revel in nature. The Humber River also has particular national significance, having been designated as one of 42 Canadian Heritage Rivers in 1999. The TRCA and its community partners are planning to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the river’s designation in 2019 – stay tuned.
Humber by Canoe is an initiative aimed at raising awareness of the jewel in the city that is the Humber River. No matter your skill level or experience, everyone is welcome to participate. TRCA and Toronto Adventures, will supply all the necessary safety gear, canoes, paddles and guides. All that’s missing, is you and your eagerness to experience the river and all its treasures.