Skip to Main Content

Live Stream

LiveStream is where we tell and share stories about the value of greenspaces, protecting and preserving wildlife habitats and building complete, sustainable communities. Here, you'll find print and online articles and videos from TRCA and other like-minded organizations that educate and enlighten readers and viewers about the importance of preserving watersheds, nature and wildlife. The stories of caring, committed people and organizations like TRCA come to life in The Living City.

Dragon Boat Race Teams Are Ready to Go at the first Annual Heart Lake Dragon Boat Festival

Sep 09, 2013

Media Advisory

Attention Photo Editors, Community Editors


September 9, 2013

A diverse group of caring companies are set to board their dragon-headed boats at the First Annual Heart Lake Dragon Boat Festival to make waves and money, that will go directly to The Living City Foundation to support environmental restoration projects in the Etobicoke and Mimico Creeks Watersheds, two of the most highly developed, and therefore degraded, watersheds in the Toronto area. The Heart Lake Dragon Boat Festival is fundraiser organized by Toronto and Region Conservation and the Etobicoke-Mimico Watersheds Coalition, along with the watershed supporters.

 "We've been looking forward to this event all year," said Chandra Sharma, Watershed Specialist, Toronto and Region Conservation. "We are committed to this fundraiser because we believe that we all need to contribute our part to bring about positive environmental change for our rivers and greenspaces. A $37.50 commitment per participant on a 21-person boat plus any pledges they are able to secure, is all it takes to join the fun and make a difference. Saying yes to a day of fun, camaraderie and healthy competition is an easy and rewarding choice for participants."

 There are five colourful boats that are set to start the race propelled by 100 participants. Entering a dragon boat in the fun-filled fundraiser required a registration fee of $750.00 and teams are encouraged to fundraise to support the work of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Each team entry includes: Three races on event day, 1 one hour practice session during the week leading up to the event, access to a 20x20 team space, use of all required equipment (boat, life jacket, and paddles), entry for team members into Heart Lake Conservation Area.  Spots are still available, and teams of 20 can enter a boat by visiting

 What: Heart Lake Dragon Boat Festival

Where: Heart Lake Conservation Area, 10818 Heart Lake Road, Brampton. Meet by  at the beach of Heart Lake.

Teams include: Toronto and Region Conservation (2 teams), SNC-Lavalin (1), Pratt & Whitney Canada (1)

Re/Max Champions Realty Inc. (1)

Race Times: Begin at 11:30 am and will end by around 2:30 pm.  Teams will be given some extra time on the water to practice beginning at 9:00 am.  Closing ceremonies will be take place following the races where medals will be awarded to the top two teams with the fastest times.

 About Toronto and Region Conservation

With more than 55 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA's vision is for the Living City - a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at









Section Navigation

Skip to Site Navigation


Media contact:

Elizabeth Oakley
Tel: 416-661-6600 ext 5856

If you are a member of the media and would like us to add you to our news distribution network, please e-mail your contact information to