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March 31, 2005
Task Force to Bring Back the Don invites Toronto to tour the Don River and explore Canada’s most urban watershed
The Task Force to Bring Back the Don, the citizens’ action group dedicated to
restoring a clean, green and accessible Don River, released its 2005 Tour event
schedule today which includes the 20th annual Don River walk. Eight walking
tours and one bicycle tour are planned for the spring and begin on Sunday,
April 3 with a tour of the Lower Yellow Creek in the Lower Don. Members of the
Task Force to Bring Back the Don will lead the tours and promise to unlock some
of the secrets of the Don River, Canada’s most urban watershed.

"Most people forget that there’s a river flowing beside the Don Valley Parkway
and underneath the Bloor Street Viaduct," says John Wilson, Chair of the Task
Force to Bring Back the Don. "The Don River is an essential part of Toronto’s
cultural and ecological heritage. These tours are an excellent way to get
acquainted or reacquainted with the natural Don Valley."

Starting point for all tours are accessible by TTC. They happen rain or shine
and usually last a couple of hours. Some tours cover steep hills and difficult
terrain so participants should wear suitable footwear. Visit or
phone 416-392-0401 for full tour details and directions.

The Task Force to Bring Back the Don is a citizens' group working with the
support of the City of Toronto to bring back a clean, green and accessible Don
River watershed. Since 1989, the Task Force and its volunteers have planted
thousands of trees, shrubs and wildflowers in the lower Don. With volunteers
and community groups, we have held clean-up days, restored ponds, wetlands, and
worked on many safety and accessibility projects. The community education
programs resulted in substantial improvements to the watershed and a strong
network of environmental and citizen partnerships.

Photos of tour sites are available upon request.

Media contact:
Aynsley Morris
Vice-chair, Task Force to Bring Back the Don
416-932-0050 x 226, 416-388-1024 (cell)



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