Paddle the Don (a free fundraising event) is the only occasion when people are allowed to paddle this urban river. It was special to see canoes slowly gliding through the opaque waters of the Don River in the middle of downtown Toronto, surrounded by concrete and highways. A cheerful crowd was already assembled on the path of grass by the canal when we arrived. This is where we waited for the participants to arrive. There was live music, BBQ stand, greeting committees and many sponsors distributing flyers related to canoes and kayak. We also walked across the Lake Shore Boulevard to reach the pedestrian bridge, north of it, for a better look at the canoes as they went underneath.