Every year through donations from our BBQ nights and Social Dinners, the Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre supports various charities. We also donate programs for silent auctions or offer our equipment to help bring awareness to various causes. This amounts to hundreds of dollars each year, and through your continued support, we hope to donate even more money to make this world a better place to live. Past donations include:
Toronto Renewable Energy Windshare
Kids Help Phone, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Amnesty International, Princess Margaret, Breast Cancer, Community Air Legal Defense Fund, Daily Bread Food Bank, David Suzuki Foundation:Climate Change Fund, Zambian Aids Centre and we continue to sponsor a child through World Vision.
"To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget."
- Arundhati Ro
OUR PLANET LINKS
As we introduce and teach people how to experience the outdoors and nature through paddling down here at Harbourfront, we also need to foster a sense of respect and understanding for the planet we live on. Yes, we all drive cars and use too much electricity but we can try and do better - and that is all anyone can ask! It is important that we educate ourselves with issues that concern not only our lives but of those that are important to you. We, at Harbourfront, believe that all issues are equally important - however, we do have an inherent concern for Our Planet. Support local and global environmental issues facing our society today. The following are links to websites if you are interested in learning more or getting involved.
"What gives beauty and meaning to life is our capacity to give to others, our ability to experience joy, and our willingness to share it with those around us"
The Story of Stuff Movie - YouTube - The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard - What is the Story of Stuff? From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.
www.abilitiesinmotion.ca - Abilities in Motion is a non profit organization and the brainchild of Pauline Halstead. Based in Toronto, Pauline is passionate about enabling people that have physical or mental constraints to feel free, empowered and enabled. She believes that everyone should have the opportunity to live life to its fullest. Abilities in Motion provides specialized kayak programs for all ages and abilities to people with disabilities, special needs and seniors.
www.disabledsailing.on.ca - The Queens Quay Disabled Sailing Program (QQDSP) offers learn-to-sail courses, racing, recreational sailing, cruising, access to sailing volunteers, equipment, socials and special events. They have specialized equipment to increase the accessibility of the program. From specialized Martin 16 sailboats, to lift systems, and staff and volunteers trained in approved transfer techniques, QQDSP can get you on the water!
https://www.vouchercloud.com/resources/adaptive-skiing-resource - Adaptive Skiing Resort Guide provides people with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of snow sports at resorts and facilities throughout North America. This resource informs adaptive skiers of all levels how they can access and enjoy programs at many of the major resorts in the US and Canada.
http://www.tripbuzz.com/wheelchair-accessible-travel-guide/ - Wheelchair Accessible Travel Guide. Today, individuals who use a wheelchair can travel by nearly every mode of transportation to virtually everywhere in the world. But whether traveling two hours or two thousand miles away, traveling with a wheelchair still requires a lot of thought and careful planning. Wheelchair users must not only consider how to get from point A to point B, but what they need to do to prepare for the trip, whether they’ll find wheelchair accessible accommodations and attractions at their destination, and even little ways to make traveling with a wheelchair easier. Without proper planning, wheelchair users may find traveling more frustrating than accessible.
http://www.wakanow.com/ng/pages/Accessible-Travel:-Resources-for-the-Disabled-Explorer - Accessible Travel: Resources for the Disabled Explorer. Traveling with a disability may be difficult, but it is not impossible. Understanding current federal laws that protect those with disabilities helps guard citizens' rights whether traveling by air, accessing websites to book vacations or seeking accessible accommodations. Preparation and careful planning are essential for all travelers, but for the disabled traveler, this can mean the difference between a vacation in paradise, or a trip to hell and back. Wherever the destination, the disabled explorer must equip him or herself by understanding their rights, travel industry regulations and ensuring that the industry meets their individual needs. Making certain an intended destination is accessible and disabled-friendly is paramount to a successful vacation.
GLOBAL & NATIONAL LINKS
www.amnesty.ca - Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of “ordinary” people who work together to achieve extraordinary results. Each day we stand in solidarity with - and help protect - individuals and communities around the world whose human rights are under attack. We appeal for the violations to stop. We mobilize public pressure to prevent human rights abuses from taking place. And we support Amnesty’s campaigns through our financial contributions.
www.worldvision.ca - World Vision helps children, their families, and their communities by responding to the root causes of poverty. Changing children's lives is about more than putting in a well here or a school there. It’s about: building up communities, responding to the root causes of poverty and creating resilience, encouraging parents to send their boys and girls to school, creating rewarding work opportunities for adults so that children aren’t at risk of being sent to do dangerous jobs, finding out what a community needs and how best to respond. To do this, we work in different areas, all contributing together so children and families enjoy the fullness of life with justice, dignity, peace and hope.
www.bfi.org/ - Scientist, inventor, environmentalist, genius. Inventor of the geodesic dome, R. Buckminster Fuller believed that humanity had reached the point in its technological development where it could easily provide for the needs of all of the inhabitants of "Spaceship Earth." Fuller worked toward sustainable technology, alternative energy and affordable housing for all. He invented and tested a 30 MPG, 11-person land transport van that could travel at 120 MPH...in 1933! The BFI website has links to examples of sustainable, Fuller-inspired developments and technologies today.
www.davidsuzuki.org - Since 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation has worked to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us. Focusing on four program areas – oceans and sustainable fishing, forests and wild lands, climate change and clean energy, and the web of life, the Foundation uses science and education to promote solutions that help conserve nature. Climate change is a very real situation we live with now and we must do what we can to for generations to come. Check out David's info on climate change.
www.sierraclub.ca - Sierra Club of Canada Foundation is a national charitable foundation that fulfills its mission to protect and preserve our natural environment by funding the charitable projects of the Sierra Club of Canada. They fund a wide range of environmental projects, from scientific research to environmental education.
www.sweatshops.org - Sweatshops and child labor are a growing problem, particularly in clothing and textiles. And many popular agricultural products, from coffee to bananas to cut flowers, are grown under terrible conditions. No one wants to buy products made with sweatshop labor, but it is hard to know what to avoid, and where to find green and Fair Trade products. Co-op America provides the information you need to help stop sweatshop labor and promote fair treatment of workers everywhere.
www.oen.ca/dir - The Ontario Environmental Directory is a comprehensive, searchable directory of hundreds of environmental groups, organizations, agencies and websites across Ontario, Canada.
www.earthroots.org - Earthroots is a strong advocate and agitator for wilderness preservation in Ontario, combining aggressive grassroots campaign strategies with excellent research and educational programs. Since 1986, Earthroots has used its grassroots expertise to organize, educate and mobilize the public, conduct successful media events, carry out wilderness research projects and ensure proper forest management planning.
www.ontarionature.org - Federation of Ontario Naturalists: Organization founded to protect Ontario's nature through research, education and conservation action.
www.planetfriendly.net - A newsletter website to help keep you up to date on local events concerning environmental issues.
www.trec.on.ca - The Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative (TREC) was formed in 1998 by members of the North Toronto Green Community, a neighborhood-based environmental group. Their members wanted to create a vehicle for the development of community-based renewable energy in Toronto.
www.wildlandsleague.org - Wildlands League focuses on protection and preservation of nature through parks and protected places.
www.canadiancanoefoundation.ca - The Canadian Canoe Foundation is a registered charity that develops watershed-health education projects that culminate in youth leadership canoe-trips.
www.completepaddler.ca - The Complete Paddler is Toronto's only canoe and kayak superstore.With hundred of boats in stock as well as the hottest prices. If you can find a lower price of an identical item, bring it in and we will match it.
www.mec.ca - Clothing for men, women, and kids from Mountain Equipment Co-op. MEC is Canada's leading supplier of outdoor clothing and equipment. As a co-operative, MEC exists to serve the needs of our members. Our products are built with purpose, people, and the planet in mind.
www.muskokapaddleshack.ca - The Muskoka Paddleshack is on Hwy 11 just south of Gravenhurst, on the way up to many cottages and Algonquin. The business is run by very knowledgeable staff. They design their own canoes, and have a wide range of products.
PADDLING DESTINATION LINKS
www.upthecreektrips.com/site - Up the Creek offers a diverse selection of kayak nature tours and specialty trips to many of coastal Georgia and Florida’s most scenic waterways.We have many day trips, overnight trips and instruction scheduled throughout the year. If your schedule doesn’t match ours don’t worry, we can make special arrangements for you or your group.
www.happypaddling.com - Canoe, Kayak and Sup instruction tours and excursions in the Barrie Ontario area. Paddle Canada and ORCKA Certified.
www.wildernessadventures.ca - 3 and 6 day Algonquin Park canoe adventures and 3 and 5 day Georgian Bay 30,000 kayak adventures. Round trip transportation from Toronto available.
www.whitesquall.com - White Squall takes you by kayak to Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada - 30,000 Islands of white pines,glacier smooth granite and sparkling fresh water. We are leaders in sea kayak instruction and tripping plus many of our staff are nationally certified instructors (five are national instructor trainers) and wilderness guides.
www.naturallysuperior.com - Naturally Superior Adventures - Sea Kayak Lake Superior! Since 1994, Naturally Superior Adventures has led paddling enthusiasts on guided sea kayak trips on Lake Superior and guided canoe trips on northern Ontario’s rivers. Our programs include sea kayak instruction and paddling festivals. We take pride in our knowledge and love of Lake Superior’s north shore and of our world-class trips and certified instruction. We are your Lake Superior experts.
www.northernedgealgonquin.com - The Northern Edge At Algonquin Park - Just bring your spirit of Adventure, we'll provide everything you need for a memorable time in Algonquin Park. Plan a Algonquin Park Canoe Trip or retreat for your group. Customized itineraries are designed for groups of 4 or more.
www.paddlevancouver.com - If you are visiting Vancouver then visit this little oasis outside of the hustle & bustle of the city. Deer Lake Boat Rentals allows you to go for a great paddle in a kayak, canoe or paddleboat and enjoy a great hike around the lake. Highly recommended and simply a great way to spend a relaxing day!
www.1000islandkayaking.com - 1000 Island Kayaking Company offers fully guided Kayaking Tours. All Inclusive Lodging and Dining Packages and hassle free service, the 1000 Islands Kayaking Company guarantees an experience you will be talking about for months. No Experience is Necessary.
www.floridakayakcompany.com - The Florida Kayak Company is a great company in Crystal River Florida to rent from to paddle with manatees during winter.
www.kayakfloridakeys.com - Florida Bay Outfitters - Kayak & Canoe Center Key Largo Florida - Tours, Rentals, Instruction, Outfitter, Store, Great place to gain info regarding paddling in the Keys!
www.paddlersretreat.com - Paddler's Retreat offers trip ideas and resources for both kayakers and paddleboarders.
Ontario Travel - A website that can connect you to tours and resources throughout Ontario. We are proud supporters of everything Ontario Travel pursues.
www.paddling.net - A wonderful website full of articles, reviews, and even put-in locations!
www.skifivewinds.org - A great group of back country skiers who use the Gibson R. marked wilderness trail system.
www.theweathernetwork.com - A great overall forecast and remember to click on the hourly for windspeed/direction and when the precipitation is about to start. Keep in mind Wunderground is better for predicting timing once you get used to it.
www.wunderground.com - A great radar site where you can watch the 30 minute loop and figure out the direction and timing of incoming precipitation.
www.windguru.cz - Pretty much the best website predicting winds on future days. Click on the knots a few times to change to km/hr
www.sailflow.com - One of a few websites that predicts wind speed and direction, but remember 1 knot of speed is about 2 kms/hr.