A 'Premier' Greenbelt Event: Dalton McGuinty Kicks Off First-Ever Tour de Greenbelt

Toronto, September 20, 2008 – Premier Dalton McGuinty joins the Greenbelt Foundation today to launch the first ever Tour de Greenbelt, a fresh air festival on wheels exploring all that Ontario’s Greenbelt has to offer—fresh, local food, rural hospitality and fun recreation. Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canada’s leading outdoor retailer is the presenting sponsor of the Tour.

This family-oriented cycling event, held over two weekends has four distinct routes with visits to farms, farmers’ markets, wineries and historic sites. End-of-ride barbecues feature delicious, local Greenbelt food.

Interest in the Tour has been unprecedented. Some rides are already sold out and the others are filling up fast. "I want to thank all those who have shown their support for healthy lifestyles, Ontario communities and cycling clubs across Ontario by riding in the Tour de Greenbelt. This is a clear message from the people of Ontario that they believe in the Greenbelt and what it offers the province: local food, clean water, fresh air and great places to visit," said Premier McGuinty.

  • Saturday, September 20 - Rouge Valley: Starting and ending at the Toronto Zoo, the 8:30 a.m. kick off features Premier Dalton McGuinty, Raymond Cho, Chair of the Toronto Zoo and Burkhard Mausberg, President,Greenbelt Foundation. TVOKids’ Enviro Girl will count down to the first ride!
  • Sunday, September 21 - Newmarket to Lake Simcoe is SOLD OUT: Starting at York Region Headquarters at 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket and ending at The Briars’ Resort.
  • Saturday September 27 - Burlington to St. Catharines: Starting at the new Mountain Equipment Co-op store and ending at Henry of Pelham Winery
  • Sunday, September 28 - Niagara-on-the-Lake: Starting and ending at Frogpond Farm Winery

“Ontario is home to the largest and most diverse Greenbelt in the world,” said Burkhard Mausberg, President of theFriends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “What better way to experience this region of bountiful farmland, cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty than by cycling, seeing and eating our way through the Greenbelt on this ‘fresh air festival on wheels?’”

100% of Tour pledges will be donated to participating cycling clubs to support safe and active cycling networks in southern Ontario, so people can return again and again to cycle the bounty of the Greenbelt. Visitwww.TourdeGreenbelt.ca for more information. Possibility grows in the Greenbelt. Wrapping around the Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt is 1.8 million acres of potential to make Ontario, and the earth, a better place. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a charitable organization established to support the vitality of the Greenbelt.

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For a PDF of this release click here.

For further information and promotional material, please visit www.TourdeGreenbelt.ca, and contact: Danielle Pignataro, Communications Director, Greenbelt Foundation at (416) 559-3934 (cell) or dpignataro- at- ourgreenbelt.ca.

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