The Gord Edgar Downie Pier at Breakwater Park is featured in a new water safety video from Swim Drink Fish. Rob Baker, guitarist with The Tragically Hip, narrates the video while sharing six tips for enjoying the swimming pier in Kingston, Ontario.
Rob Baker’s six water safety tips:
Check the water quality before you swim.
Scan your surroundings.
Make a plan for getting in and out of the water.
Never swim alone.
Be considerate to make the experience better for everyone.
Share your experience.
The creation of the Gord Edgar Downie swimming pier was part of the inaugural year of Great Lakes Challenge restoration projects. Swim Drink Fish, parent organization of Great Lakes Challenge, worked with The W. Garfield Weston Foundation to secure funds to create the pier and restore the surrounding Lake Ontario shoreline. The project was part of a multi-million dollar restoration effort at Breakwater Park led by the City of Kingston.
The Gord Edgar Downie Pier opened to the public in July 2018.