Paddle the Don: Memories from 2009

It’s not until you want to find something that you realize just how disorganized your photo backups are. Prior to 2010, I had some very interesting file naming conventions and folder structures… thankfully, after a brief search (45 minutes?!) I found what I was looking for: through my (former) employer, there was a fundraising event hosted by Manulife Financial that I could attend, called Paddle the Don. Boats, gear, and the attendee fee were all supplied, and once I convinced my brother to be my canoe partner, I immediately signed up!

The Don River runs through the City of Toronto and is highly polluted. It has several portages, sections of rapids, and various widths – timing is crucial so as not to run into other boats! Normally, the water is usually too low to properly paddle. On the day of this fundraising event, the water levels are brought up in order to run the event safely.

So here we are, 8 years later, with the photos I had almost forgotten about. I was recently researching Paddle the Don again and it’s still a strong fundraising initiative I thought about signing up for again. (Edit: Public Registration is now a waiting list unfortunately. I will have to check earlier next year!)

Photos taken on my amazing Samsung A746 flip phone. (It was a brushed grey metal, and I *loved* that phone – it was a simpler time! Haha.)

Sunday, May 3, 2009 in Toronto!

Paddle the Don: 2009!

Notes: Summer 2017 Goals

We’re quickly approaching the end of April already, so I’ve been thinking of activities I’d like to get to this summer!

-Kayak in each of the Great Lakes
-Kayak around the Toronto Islands (eventually I will get to do this!)
-A backcountry canoe trip through Algonquin Park
-Explore more of the Hamilton Conservation Areas – we recently moved to the area and are eager to check out the neighbourhood!
-Get our bikes out on the trails
-Camp at more parks (currently undecided)
-Road trip to Virginia?! – the fiance was sent here for work and wished he could have spent more time exploring
-And of course…more camping, kayaking, and hiking adventures in Hastings Township (new-ish family owned property that needs to be explored!)

I also hope to get more of these adventures shared here on the blog ๐Ÿ™‚

Trip Log: Kayaking Lake Ontario

7:25am, Wednesday, May 25th
Breslau to Burlington, Ontario

We started out from Breslau and hit the highway by 7:30. Traffic wasn’t too bad and we stayed in the right lane. I usually do when I have my boat tied on the car.

The sky was clouded over and I was concerned it might rain during our paddle, but it cleared up nicely later on.

We parked in the Beachway Park lots that run along Lakeshore Road and the Waterfront Trail. Conveniently located so that we were able to easily carry both our kayaks from the cars down to the beach.

Out on the water it was calm and very hazy… at some points you couldn’t see where the horizon was, the sky and the lake just merged into one mass.

We paddled out to an odd structure to retrieve a geocache, which unfortunately was tightly sealed from the weather. I took photos and posted my log, and we paddled directly from the structure over to the beach for lunch. It was nice to stretch the legs!


Trip Log: Kayaking Laurel Creek

May 19, 2016

This Creek is right in my backyard, so to speak. It was time I got to exploring it by boat!

I packed up the GPS, GoPro, and snacks, and got the kayak on my car. Off I went.

The first thing I quickly learned about Laurel Creek was there are stumps in the water – lots of them. I got my boat caught on more than one during the paddling adventure. They looked like ancient volcano crators!