Starting from Étienne Brûlé Park, you will carry the heavy, historically important (to you) stuff you bring and help others carry a bunch of canoes along the Davenport Trail.  The trail runs north along the Humber River then turns east at Lambton Park on what used to be a sand bank.  Further east the 'trail' meets the ancient shoreline of Lake Iroquois and follows it east across Garrison and Taddle Creeks.  The trail then follows Yellow Creek back to the Brickworks.

If you are feeling more energetic, join us early at the Brickworks and paddle / shimmy a canoe down the Don River, along Toronto's waterfront, and up the Humber River to the start of the portage.

If you really want to punish yourself, or are looking for a way to earn the Order of Canada but don't have any other realistic options, notify your next of kin and then join us before sunrise at Allenby School for a run down to the Brickworks, the start of the paddle.

- this is an 'invitation only' event

- Sunday, October 22, 2017


  • meet at Étienne Brûlé Park at 12:00 for a 12:30 pm departure
  • bring your own canoe or use one of ours
  • come alone or as a team
  • wear tasteful, culturally sensitive clothing that speaks to you and your heritage or Canadiana
  • carry as much stuff as possible, ideally of historical significance to you or to the history of portages; the heavier the better

For those of you with mildly impaired reasoning: 

For those individuals with an inability to make sensible choices, meet at the Evergreen Brickworks at 7:15 am, for a 7:30 am start and paddle your canoe 20 km to the start of Davenportage.  

  • Paddlers need to bring their own canoes.
  • Canoes need to equipped with mandatory safety gear (including a whistle, bailer, life jacket for each paddler, extra paddle, and rope etc.
  • The water level may be very low so be prepared to have to get out of your canoe and push - we didn't need to do this in 2015 (November) but it was close
  • Bring a positive attitude - it can be a very challenging paddle to complete in the allotted time.  Wind and wave conditions on Lake Ontario will add to the challenge.  If you don't enjoy misery, we suggest you just read about it the next day! 
  • A short portage is needed to traverse Ontario Place.  Extra courage and caution is required to get through the 'Western Gap' without encountering the airport ferry.

For those of you who long for the good old days when you only had mildly impaired reasoning: 

For those individuals who can differentiate between wisdom and foolishness but chose foolishness, meet at the base of the communications tower on the north side of Roselawn just west of Avenue Road (near Allenby School) at 5:00 am for 15 km of running to start your 52 km of exercise day.

  • This is a relatively easy 15 km in that it is mostly downhill.  It is also mostly on park/ravine trails and is quite scenic.
  • If you plan on participating in this leg and think you will need more than 2 hours to complete the 15 km, please let us know.  
  • There will be no aid stations along the route.


2017 Davenportage Route(s)


     green - Davenportage route: meet at Étienne Brûlé Park at 

                    12:00 pm for the 12:30 pm start of the 17km portage

     black - Pre-Portage Paddle route:  meet at the Keating Channel                   Pub and Grill at 8:00 am for the 20km paddle to the                           start of Davenportage

     white - Run route: meet at 5:00 am for a 15km run to the                                 start of the Paddle