Hi guys, My first impression of Canada as a country is full of nature and beautiful clear and clean lakes. However, I must admit this is not what I am seeing and reading when it comes to Ontario and even parts of Quebec and I am curious to hear your opinion/experiences about it. I am a water-loving person at heart, love to swim in the water and other water activities such as water-paddling, etc. First of all, I was positively surprised to learn how many beautiful beaches that exist in the Ontario region. However, in and around Toronto I am seeing rivers a majority which are brown in colour, many which at some point in the past have tested poor water quality, and then lake Ontario, which may look clear but has the reputation of "lake of shame" with one of the poorest water qualities of all of the Great Lakes. Then it's the St Lawrence river which I don't know a whole lot about other than that huge ships passing through in large numbers during the spring-summer-fall season, and plant businesses occasionally dumping large quantities of pollution in the water, I also learnt that the problem of pollution in that river reaches as far as Quebec city. So far, Huron and Superior lakes are the lakes that I think I know are clean, clear and beautiful. For the rest, I am feeling slightly under the mood reading about. The other thing I am slightly worried about is the drinking water quality. If lake Ontario is so bad, and all Torontians get their drinking water from Lake Ontario, then how can anyone claim that this drinking water is of good quality? Any thoughts, opinions?