And they’re off! The thunderous sound of 12 dragon boats barreling down the Credit River broke the calm of a beautiful June afternoon in Port Credit. On June 24, Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) hosted its eighth annual Canoe the Credit event at the Mississauga Canoe Club.

This year, we ditched the canoes and opted for dragon boats. We kept the name the same, seeing as how “Dragon Boat the Credit” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. A dozen corporate teams from across the Credit River watershed took part in the race in support of the Conservation Youth Corps (CYC) program.

Over 200 corporate participants from the following teams competed in the event: Aquatech, Axis Communications, Baxter Corporation, Condrain, Credit Valley Conservation, DG Group, Enersource, Fieldgate Developments, Humphries Planning Group, Peel Regional Police, RJ Burnside, Samsung, University of Toronto Mississauga, and Urbantech.

In the end, the Canoe the Credit Corporate Challenge cup went to the Peel Regional Police, in a close race with the University of Toronto Mississauga Smokin’ Tuna team.

Canoe the Credit has raised more than $180,000 in support of CYC over the last eight years. CYC is a program of Credit Valley Conservation that encourages local youth to connect with and learn about their local environment.

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