2017 Manulife Paddle the Don Cancelled

Toronto and Region Conservation, (TRCA) promotes the safe enjoyment of nature found through the nine watersheds in our jurisdiction.

When public safety is at risk, we are obligated to take every precaution including sometimes the cancellation of events. That is the unfortunate case with the 2017 Manulife Paddle the Don.

Accumulation of rain is causing fast flowing water conditions in our rivers, particularly in the Don and Humber. We are unwilling to compromise the safety of the more than 700 paddlers expected to take part in the event. Therefore, we have chosen to cancel the event this year – the first time ever in its 23 year history.

While this decision was a difficult one to make, we are confident is the right one in light of the heavy rainfall expected to impact Toronto through Saturday. Even once the threat of flooding subsides, the risks to safety for recreational users of our waterways remain. More information regarding the recent Flood Watch issued by TRCA can be found here:

» Flood Watch issued Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 22:00

Manulife Paddle the Don is a massive undertaking requiring months of preparation and commitment from hundreds of volunteers. As a result, rescheduling the event is impossible. However, we look forward to returning next year to celebrate the 25th anniversary, and make it the best year yet.

Early next week we will be issuing instructions for those who have registered to paddle in this year’s event to either donate their fee to the Living City Foundation for the ongoing protection and conservation of the Don River, or obtain a refund.

We understand the disappointment this may cause and trust that you can appreciate our steadfast commitment to the safety of participants and volunteers.

We look forward to seeing you on the river again on Sunday May 6 th , 2018!

Thank you.

The Manulife Paddle the Don Team

The Living City Foundation

The mission of The Living City Foundation is to raise funds for the initiatives undertaken by Toronto and region Conservation (TRCA), especially for The Living City program. The foundation was established in 1961 and since that time, it has raised almost $40million for conservation work in the Greater Toronto Area. For more information, please visit: http://www.thelivingcity.org/about/

Toronto and Region Conservation

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City® -a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow, 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 https://trca.ca/

Contact Us

Need more information?
Email us at paddlethedon@trca.on.ca or call the Manulife Paddle the Don hotline at 416-661-6600, extension 5397 and leave a recorded message.

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Oakley
Toronto and Region Conservation
Tel: 416-661-6600 ext 5632  / Mobile: 416-358-3446  / E-mail: media@trca.on.ca

The Living City Foundation
5 Shoreham Drive, Downsview, ON  M3N 1S4, Canada

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
5 Shoreham Drive, Downsview, Ontario, M3N 1S4, Canada.
Tel: (416) 661-6600, ext. 5397
Fax: (416) 667-6278
Email: paddlethedon@trca.on.ca