Man swimming from Kingston to Quebec City to highlight river awareness

Dave Merpaw, seen here getting his gear ready, will be swimming from Kingston, Ont. to Quebec City, Que. to raise awareness for the St. Lawrence River. (Photo/Supplied)

KINGSTON, Ont. – A river steward is swimming the St. Lawrence River from Kingston to Quebec City to raise awareness about fresh water and environmental sciences.

David Merpaw is scheduled to kick off his solo swim at 8:30 a.m. this morning (Monday) near Kingston city hall, following an ancestral path to the provincial capital in Quebec.

Merpaw promotes the work of the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences in Cornwall.

He will be swimming roughly 8-14 hours per day, wearing a wetsuit and carrying provisions in a small kayak.

The trip is nearly 550 kilometers and, if completed, would be the first of its kind.

Merpaw, described as an experienced triathlete and swimmer, expects to be in Quebec City by the end of the month.

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