A Wet and Wild Ride for Paddle The Don 2016

By Nicole Czorny

Our third paddle down Toronto’s Don River was the craziest one yet, with rain, rapids and rocks abound!Read More »


Take the Plunge For World Water Day

By Nicole Czorny

Better water. Better jobs. This year’s theme for World Water Day is jobs and water, making the connection between healthy watersheds and healthy, thriving communities.

Playing a vital role in the health of our cities, watersheds perform many functions, from providing clean and accessible drinking water and locally grown food, to absorbing greenhouse gas emissions for cleaner air to breathe.Read More »

2016 Manulife Paddle The Don | Registration Opens March 8

By Nicole Czorny

Experience Toronto’s Don River in a whole new way! You’ve driven past it, walked and biked it’s shoreline, but have you ever paddled its waters?

Manulife Paddle The Don is a unique opportunity to paddle down Canada’s most urbanized river and get a ducks eye-view of the beauty, and challenges, of the Don River. Organized by the TRCA, Paddle the Don has been sending paddlers down the river and raising funds and awareness for the health of the Don River since 2002.Read More »

Jennifer Bonnell’s Disseration on the Lower Don River Valley

By Ashlee McMillan

Jennifer Bonnell’s dissertation, Imagined Futures and Unintended Consequences: An Environmental History of Toronto’s Don River Valley, “explores human interactions with Toronto’s Don River Valley from the late eighteenth century to the present, focusing on the period of intense urbanization and industrialization between 1880 and 1940.” Read More »

The Swamp of the Don River

By Ashlee McMillan 

On my last visit to Riverdale Farm this past summer, I decided to take a hike around the farm and I stumbled across a large swampy body of water. Riverdale Farm sits adjacent to the Don River and Don Valley Parkway.

Upon further investigation I learned that before the Lower Don River was channelized in the late 19th century, it meandered through the area of Riverdale Farm. However, since the Don has been redirected these farm ponds are all that remain of the once segmented Don River. These ponds still play an important role in the Don watershed and contribute significantly to its overall health.Read More »