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Manulife Paddle The Don Brings Out 600 Paddlers For A Canoe Adventure Through The Heart of Toronto

Apr 26, 2011


For Immediate Release

(TORONTO, April 26, 2011)

WHAT: More than 600 registered paddlers including public officials and 21 corporate teams, will join celebrity paddler Bob McDonald, of CBC's Quirks and Quarks, to navigate 10.5 km of Toronto's urban river at the Manulife Paddle the Don!  This is an annual event organized by Toronto and Region Conservation giving Toronto residents a once-a-year opportunity to paddle down the Don River. The event raises awareness about the importance of healthy rivers in Toronto and raises funds to support regeneration projects on the Don Watershed.

WHEN: Sunday, May 1, 2011

8:30 a.m. First launch of the day at the Launch Site

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Paddlers launch from Ernest Thompson Seton Park

10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Paddlers begin arriving at Take-Out Site

10:30 a.m. Start of Manulife Take-Out Party at the Take-Out Site.



Launch site: The paddle starts at Ernest Thompson Seton Park, access the park via the entrance to Wilket Creek Park and Sunnybrook Park on the west side of Leslie Street, just north of Eglinton Avenue, and follow the signs to the Paddle.

Take-Out Site: The Paddle the Don take-out, located in the parkette on the northwest corner of Villiers Street and Don Roadway.

WHO:  The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, MPP, Don Valley West and Minister of Transportation; The Honourable Eric Hoskins, MPP, St. Paul's; Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Michael Prue, MPP, Beaches-East York; Shelley Carroll, Councillor, Don Valley East; Janet Davis, Councillor, Beaches-East York; Josh Matlow, Councillor, St. Pauls; Joe Mihevc, Councillor, St. Paul's West; Jaye Robinson, Councillor, Don Valley West; Adam Vaughan, Councillor, Trinity-Spadina; and spokespeople from TRCA, Manulife Financial, corporate teams and paddlers of all ages at the Launch Site and Take-Out Site

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