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September 1, 2005
Task Force to Bring Back the Don hosting Fall walking tours of the Don River
The Task Force to Bring Back the Don released its Fall event schedule today,
focusing on how human activity has changed the look of the river valley. Six
hikes are planned for the Fall, beginning Tuesday, September 13. Task Force
members will lead most 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 big storm on August 19 that caused so much
flooding is a reminder of the importance of properly caring for Toronto’s urban
rivers. These tours are an excellent way to get acquainted or reacquainted with
the natural Don Valley – an essential part of Toronto’s cultural and ecological

Starting points for all tours are accessible by TTC. Tours 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. Volunteers and
community groups have joined members to hold clean-up days, restore ponds and
wetlands, and to work on many safety and accessibility projects. Community
education programs have resulted in substantial improvements to the watershed
and a strong network of environmental and citizen partnerships.

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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