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Toronto Harbour, ON

John Becker

My Watermark is Lake Ontario, the Toronto Harbour, and in particular, the lagoons in the Toronto Islands.

I kayak in these waters and I've been doing that for 10 or 15 years now. I paddle on Sundays (during the season) on a solo sea kayak. It's important to me to be able get out. Sometimes I go by myself and sometimes I go with a friend. But I usually go by myself for a few hours every week. And it's kind of a ritual that really sustains me.

A lot of people talk about being by the ocean. But to me, our lakes, these freshwater seas have been the waterbodies of my life. I can smell them like people smell the ocean. It's a subtle and pristine kind of smell, but it's very meaningful to me.

And being on these waters – it's really become a part of my life – over decades. Sailing first, and now sea kayaking.

I drink the water. I don't take a water bottle with me. I have a Nalgene bottle in the kayak. And I need to be able to drink the water. I feel that's just part of my living here – is being able to drink the water. So when I'm on the lake I just dip my bottle into the water. I find that to be a very important right that I have and a ritual that I make.

I was very impressed when I found out about the Watermark Project and Waterkeeper and I'm going to get involved because I take for granted that the water will always be there for me to recreate and to drink and to paddle on.

I just want other people to be able to enjoy it. I want my grandchildren to be able to enjoy it like I've enjoyed it in my life. That's very important to me.


Toronto Harbour, ON


Lake Ontario

Collected by

Ruby Pajares

Contributed by

John Becker

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