Research Guide to the Humber River (Ontario)
The Humber River watershed is a defining geographic feature of the west and north part of Toronto, and includes some of the oldest native peoples and European settlements in the region. In 1954 it overflowed its banks under the onslaught of Hurricane Hazel, and the resulting loss of life and extensive property damage led to the formation of the Metropolitan Toronto & Region Conservation Authority (now Toronto & Region Conservation Authority), and the establishment of flood plain guidelines that continue to govern development along Toronto's rivers. The still navigable Humber is popular for canoeing and fishing, and there are miles of hiking and bike trails running beside it.
Find research materials on the Humber in the Toronto Collection in the Humanities & Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and the Society & Recreation and Canadiana Departments at North York Central Library. Some titles may also be available at other library branches.
Humber River Pedestrian Bridge Creative Commons 2.0: veggiefrog
Searching the Library Website
- Humber River
- Humber River Valley
- Humber River Watershed
- Humber River Bridges
- Humber Valley
- Hurricane Hazel
Use the column at the left on the Library search page to focus and limit your search by type of material, date, library branch or subject.
Other terms related to river valley issues:
- Watershed management
- Urban ecology
Hurricane Hazel damage along the Humber River, 1954 Toronto Reference Library
You can find magazine and newspaper articles on the Humber by searching the library’s electronic databases. Try Academic Onefile, Canadian Newsstand Major Dailies, Canadian Newsstand Torstar, Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA), Canadian Periodicals Index (CPIQ), General Onefile. You can find images of the original newspaper coverage of Hurricane Hazel, and other news stories in the Toronto Star: Pages of the Past and the Globe and Mail: Canada’s Heritage from 1844.
These can be searched inside the library, or from home or school using your Toronto Public Library card.
Suggested Magazines and Journals
Magazines, newspapers, or newsletters that discuss watershed issues:
Humber Advocate (1994-2001)
Humber River Advocate (2001-2008)
Humber River Advocate (current issues)
Old Mill, Humber River 1910 Toronto Reference Library
Additional Online Sources
For further assistance contact:
Humanities & Social Science Department, Toronto Reference Library
trlhss @ torontopubliclibrary.ca