2011 UPDATE: for Sunday October 23!

Coincidentally 2 other organizations organized walks along the Garrison
on Sunday, October 23.
Please consider these 2 events:

SUNDAY OCT 23: 9:30AM-11:30AM

Listening to the streams underneath: writing and walking together

An intimate walking writing workshop along Asylum Creek, a once-tributary of the Garrison.
It is part of a forum called Green Worlds/Green Words at the Gladstone Hotel, hosted by York U Environmental Studies.
Requires registration, see link above for more info.


Water Under Our Feet: Garrison Creek URBAN HIKE for Shemini Atzeret

A full-length walk along the Garrison, and an event co-organized by Shoresh (www.shoresh.ca) and Makom (www.makomto.org) both Jewish organizations.
Requires RSVP, see www.makomto.org for more info.

Human River’s signature event will resurface in Spring 2012.



The Garrison Creek still flows beneath our city. As it rushes under homes, cafes, roads and parks, we find signs of this lost river in tilting houses, dips in streets, buried bridges and a string of green valleys.

Human River eclectic and celebratory events incorporate: education, art and exploration. Join us as we remember the water’s past as a creek that carved our city, learn about its present in Toronto’s storm sewers, and imagine its potential future.

Highlights From



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25th, 2009

2009 Group Photo by HiMY SYeD

2009 Group Photo by HiMY SYeD

The walk began at 1:00 pm, leaving from the Pavilion @ Christie Pits Park and finished at Historic Fort York, Blue Barracks where there was a closing reception until 5:30 pm.



A big thank-you to all those who made

the 5th anniversary edition of Human River so memorable!

Dedicated volunteers and partners

(some long-standing and just as many newly connected)

came together to create wonderfully diverse and dynamic programming.

It is through their work and determination

that Human River continues to be provided as

a free, family-friendly event each year.

Heartfelt recognition and gratitude

goes out to these individuals and groups:


Our 2009 Volunteers:

Alana Young, Amanda Gomm, Andrew Chiu, Catia da Silva, Eric Jones, Jess Brouse, Joanna Valsamis, Korice Moir, Shawn Vanderheyden, Trevor Ydreos


Our 2009 Partners:

Coach House Books, HiMY SYeD of

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Toronto City of Labyrinths Project, Historic Fort York, Julie Nagam, Liz Forsberg, Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF), Lost RiversProject of Toronto Green Community, Marlena Zuber, Martin Reis, RiverSides, Guerilla Gardeners Campaign of the Toronto Public Space Committee, Kevin Plummer of Torontist’s Historicist, Todd Irvine, vanishingpoint.ca, Youth 4 Water and wade.


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brought the Garrison Creek to life without

the support of dozens of participants who

generously provided their energy, enthusiasm

and financial support.

Many, many thanks to all of you.


Keep your eyes and ears out for Human River

at community events over the next year,

and of course…

2009 Group Photo by Trevor Ydreos

2009 Group Photo by Trevor Ydreos

Dress up in blue

and join the Human River

when resurfaces it next October!



georgia & erin

2009 Human River Coordinators

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Human River Campaign, you can

go over these volunteer roles and/or email contact at humanriver.ca

to tell us how you’d like to help.












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