Calling All Boaters

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A grassroots organization is calling for a marine protest to show what harbour and lake users think of the port authority’s and Porter Airline’s plans to expand the airport.  Details follow.



Protest Airport Expansion
on Our Waterfront!

Join us on the water, in a kayak, canoe, paddleboard, sailboat, powerboat or whatever floats to show you oppose jets and expansion of the runways at Toronto Island Airport. We’ll take an awesome mass photo!


When:  Boaters Unite

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, 6:30 pm
(On the water by 6:00 pm if going
from Harbourfront Canoe &
Kayak Centre (HCKC),
238A Queen’s Quay West
at the foot of Rees Street.)


The east end of the Billy Bishop Airport
Marine Exclusion Zone
(Just east of the white buoys near
the Island Airport).


Canoes and kayaks — Ed Hore, tel. 416-455-9323 /
Sail and power boats — Ron Jenkins, tel. 647-406-1226 /

If you are a paddler: Closest launch is from Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre, 238A Queen’s Quay West, or alternatively from Cherry Beach (foot of Cherry Street about 3 km away) which has free parking. HCKC has paid parking on the north side of Queen’s Quay, west of Rees Street. Some kayaks, canoes and Voyageur canoes as well as PDFs and paddles will be available for rent at HCKC. There will be some free spots in Voyageur canoes. Please come as early as possible as the number of boats is limited. Pontoon boats available for media.

If launching from HCKC, please arrive no later than 5:30 pm whether you have your own boat or not.

It is about a 400 metre paddle to the protest site from HCKC.

Join us for burgers afterwards!

CHECK FOR WEATHER UPDATE AT 4:00 pm: If weather is unsuitable, the event will be postponed to September 25.
Check HCKC website for a weather status update and event confirmation by 4:00 pm.

If you have a powerboat: Join us out on the water, but please, no wake. A limited number of powerboats are available for rent at Harbourfront Centre Sailing and Powerboating at the foot of Rees Street.

If you are a sailor: Arrive at or before 6:30 pm in the area immediately to the east of the Marine Exclusion Zone. Your choice of sail or power depending on weather and number of boats.

Marine issues reIated to airport expansion (Ron Jenkins):

A kayaker’s view of airport expansion (Ed Hore):

A summary of airport expansion issues (courtesy of NoJetsTO):



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