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Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Humber being designated a Canadian Heritage River

Jun 05, 2014

Media Advisory 

On June 8th, Humber watershed residents, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), City of Toronto, and four Regional Police Services (Peel, York, Durham, Toronto) as well as the RCMP will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Humber River's designation as a Canadian Heritage River, Canada's national river conservation program. The event hopes to raise awareness of the unique cultural attributes of the Humber River, the only Canadian Heritage River in the Greater Toronto Area. The Canadian Heritage River designation was given in 1999, from the Canadian Heritage Rivers System, an intergovernmental program led by Parks Canada, for the significant human heritage contribution the Humber River made to the exploration and settlement of the Toronto region and the country.
The Humber River is the only Canadian Heritage River  - one of a select group of 41 historically important and specifically protected watercourses in the country - that has a subway stop along its path and that flows through Canada's most densely populated area of more than three million people. Its rich cultural history includes First Nations, as well as key historical figures such as Brûlé, Champlain, LaSalle, Rousseaux, Quetton St-George and more.

This year, TRCA is working in partnership with the City of Toronto, and four Regional Police Services (Peel, York, Durham, Toronto) as well as the RCMP, along with a number of other partners, including FutureWatch and the World Wildlife Fund, to help promote awareness of the unique cultural attributes of the Humber River.  The event will also showcase the "4 Directions Peacekeepers", a project that brings together police officers, Aboriginal youth, community partners and others from north, east and west of Toronto. Traditional teachings, historical education of cultural significance and outdoor education will be the focus of the 4 Directions' program.

Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014

Time:    11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

Location: Etienne Brule Park: Old Mill Road off Bloor Street, Toronto.  (Easily accessible from the Old Mill subway station)

Opening ceremony:  Opening ceremony 11:00 a.m. 

Community activities include: Sciensational Snakes, storytelling and hikes, fishing demonstrations, booths, displays, facepainting, BBQ 

Toronto and Region Conservation
With 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and care for the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at 


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Elizabeth Oakley
Tel: 416-661-6600 ext 5856

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