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

Welcome to the 2017 Manulife Paddle the Don!

Experience a Natural Adventure in an Urban Environment!

At the heart of Canada’s largest urban region is the Don River. Once a year, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) provides a unique opportunity for people to paddle the Don River from Ernest Thompson Seton Park to the mouth at the Keating Channel.

Manulife Paddle the Don is all about having fun, enjoying nature, and celebrating the Don River watershed. The trip also provides a time for reflection on all the benefits we derive from the natural environment – air, water, resources, recreation, and spiritual renewal – that are integral to the health and function of the city and the surrounding region.

Preparing for Manulife Paddle the Don

Before the day of the paddle, please take some time to review this website to learn more about Manulife Paddler the Don. Don’t forget to review the About the Event and the Resources Page to ensure that your trip down the river is a great experience!

If you have any other questions, please connect with us at paddlethedon@trca.on.ca

We look forward to seeing you on the river May 7th!


Registration Options

Paddle the Don was founded on the core principles of protecting, regenerating, and enhancing the Don River watershed. These principles have guided much of the work that TRCA and countless other organizations and individuals have undertaken over the years. Although we have seen great improvements in the Don, we need your help to continue to protect and conserve this valuable resource.

There are two registration options for Manulife Paddle the Don, the Public Paddler Registration, and the Manulife Corporate Challenge. More information on both options is included below:

Public Paddler Registration        Manulife Corporate Challenge Registration


Supporting the Don River

How will TRCA use the 2017 Manulife Paddle the Don registration fees to protect and conserve the Don River Watershed?

Developing opportunities for people to experience, engage in, and help enhance the Don River watershed is one of the most important aspects of ensuring its sustainable protection and conservation.

Proceeds from Manulife Paddle the Don will be used to support TRCA in the ongoing effort to protect, conserve, and enhance the Don River watershed.


Manulife Landing Party

Join us on May 7, 2017 to celebrate Manulife Paddle the Don at the Manulife Landing Party at 170 Villiers Street!

Whether you are a paddler or cheering on friends and family in the event; come down to enjoy live music, refreshments, and other great activities!

Lunch is available and will feature a variety of hearty and exciting options to choose from. For those 19 and over, our partners will offer a great selection of beer for participants to purchase. Don’t forget to bring your ID.

Transportation will be provided between ET Seton Park (the start of the paddle) and the Take-out at 170 Villiers Street. Shuttles will run in a loop between these two locations all day.

We look forward to celebrating the 24th Anniversary of Paddle the Don with you at the Manulife Landing Party this year!



Launch Site:Ernest Thompson Seton Park, Toronto
Landing Party Site: 170 Villiers Street, Toronto

Launch Site:
Ernest Thompson Seton Park, Toronto

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Access Ernest Thompson Seton Park via the entrance to Wilket Creek Park and Sunnybrook Park on the west side of Leslie St., just north of Eglinton Ave.  Follow the signs to the event.


There is limited parking at the main launch lot.  Overflow parking lots will be used and a shuttle bus will run throughout the day to bring paddlers from their vehicles to the main launch site parking lot.  Paddlers are asked to wait for the bus by the event signs which will be located at the top of each of the overflow parking lots.

Public Transit:

Take Route 34C Eglinton East (links to both the Yonge-University-Spadina (vis Eglinton Station) and Bloor-Danforth subway line (via Kennedy Station)), Route 54 & 54A Lawrence East (links to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line (via Eglinton Station)) or Route 51 Leslie (links to the Yonge-University-Spadina (via Eglinton Station) and Sheppard subway lines (via Leslie Station)).  Exit bus at the Leslie St. and Eglinton Ave. East stop and walk down the stairs on the south side of Eglinton to the launch site.

Please note: Subway service on Sundays begins at 9:00 am.  Buses will be boarded outside the station before that time.

Landing Party Site:
170 Villiers Street, Toronto

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The Landing Party is located in the parkette found at the northwest corner of Villiers Street and Don Roadway, where the Don River meets the Keating Channel in the Toronto Port Lands.

Public Transit:

Take Route 72A ( links to both the Yonge-University-Spadina (via Union Station) and Bloor-Danforth subway line (via Pape Station)). You can board the bus at the Don Roadway and Commissioners St. stop or Cherry St. and Villiers St. stop.


On-street non-metered parking is available.

*Note about DVP Closure: At this time there are no plans to close the DVP on the day of our event. We will be checking in regularly with the City of Toronto in case this changes.


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