On Saturday, Sept. 12, more than 50 people attended “Up the Maskinonge…with a Paddle!”, an annual celebration of efforts to restore the health of Keswick’s local river, the Maskinonge.
Maskinonge River Recovery Project (MRRP) partners, including Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, hosted the fun, which began at the Boston Pizza parking lot, in the heart of Keswick.
Attendees had the chance to speak with the Maskinonge River Recovery Project team partners to learn more about their efforts to help protect the river and to find out more about what they can do to help.
Other supporters included the York Regional Police, who provided water safety tips and distributed free safety whistles and local dignitaries including York Simcoe MP the Honorable Peter Van Loan, and LSRCA Board members Georgina Mayor Margaret Quirk, and King Councillor Avia Eek.
Numerous prizes, generously donated by Steve & Team Peroff of Keller Williams Real Estate, the Town of Georgina, and the GEM Movie Theater, were raffled off to attendees.
Men, women, children, and even pets boarded canoes, kayaks and one of two dragon boats operated by the Georgina Dragon Boat Club. They then paddled the river to get a view of plants, wildlife and restoration projects completed along the route.
Lake Simcoe Conservation Authority and members of the Maskinonge River Recovery Project committee thank everyone who made the morning possible and are already thinking about next year’s event.
Contact Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority to learn more about their efforts to protect the Maskinonge River. Whether you live in an urban, rural or agricultural setting, they have the technical and financial assistance to help you complete projects to improve the Maskinonge River and Lake Simcoe.
Call to learn more: 1-800-465-0437.
Here are some photos of the event:
Main photo on Home Page: Enjoying the Dragon Boat ride.
Matthias and Nicholas get some hands-on learning.
Mayor Quirk with members of the Georgina Dragon Boat Club.
Close of up the front of the dragon boat.
Brittany Ballagh, of LSRCA, enjoying the river in her kayak.
Karen and Dan bring their dogs along for the ride.
Article and photos courtesy of LSRCA