The Star has a nice article on the Humber, one of Weston’s gems.
Beginning north at the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Niagara Escarpment, the river travels 100 kilometres south to Lake Ontario, dropping more than six times the height of Niagara from its highest elevation to its lowest. This extreme slope gives it a fast current and chilly waters.
McDowell learned how to love — and fight for — the river from her mother, who was a founding member of the Humber Heritage Committee. In 1984, the committee tried to get the river recognized as a heritage river, which both McDowell and her mother thought was a no-brainer.
The river was not only the site of many mills during Toronto’s industrial heyday, it was also the site of Étienne Brulé’s travels along the Carrying Place Trail.