The Humber River is a Canadian Heritage River, as designated by the Canadian Heritage Rivers System in 1999 for its significant cultural and recreational contribution to the development of Toronto and surrounding area. The Humber River watershed encompasses 911 square kilometres, is home to 856,200 people, and is the largest in Toronto and Region Conservation’s jurisdiction.
Its waters, originating on the Niagara Escarpment and the Oak Ridges Moraine, flow down the Humber River into Lake Ontario. All told, the area includes 1800 kilometres of waterway and 600 bodies of water, and is home to 755 species of plants, 42 species of fish, and over 185 animal species.
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Rouge Park is a unique wilderness setting in the midst of Ontario’s capital. Eventually, it will cover more than 50 square kilometres, following the river valleys and nearby lands of the Rouge River system from the Oak Ridges Moraine to Lake Ontario.
Rouge Park provides a continuous ecological corridor in the Toronto Area: combination of natural, cultural and agricultural features including 1,700 species of plants and animals,over 10,000 years of human history, along with some of the best remaining wetlands, forests and agricultural lands in the Greater Toronto Area.
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Covering an area of approximately 36,000 hectares, the Don River stretches almost 38 km in length, flowing south from its headwaters on the Oak Ridges Moraine to the Keating Channel, where it empties into Lake Ontario.
Home to 1.2 million residents, almost half of the Don watershed is devoted to housing, leaving little undeveloped land left. The pressures of urbanisation have presented many environmental challenges for the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the earth to grow our food. Despite these challenges, the landscape of the Don River is slowly being regenerated and revitalised, and its natural heritage celebrated through annual events such as Paddle the Don and Mill Pond Splash.
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