The Greenbelt:
Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure

by Burkhard Mausberg

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This beautiful coffee-table book is a portrait of Ontario's Greenbelt and the people who nurture it. Stretching from the Niagara Peninsula to Tobermory - with farmland, forests, and watersheds - the Greenbelt is the largest and most protected peri-urban landscape in the world.

To be published 12 years after the Greenbelt was founded, The Greenbelt is bursting with gorgeous photography that will inspire and delight anyone who has walked its trails, driven its roads, or tasted its fresh bounty. Read an excerpt.

The book also celebrates the people who live in the Greenbelt—artists, farmers, entrepreneurs, cyclists, mountain climbers, and so many others who have been enriched by what makes us quintessentially Canadian: our land.

Anyone who appreciates the beauty of Ontario, and especially the allure of its farms and hamlets, waterfalls and caves, fields and trails, will find this book an essential and compelling read.

BurkhardMausberg-v2.pngBurkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Greenbelt Foundation and one of the key players in the protection of its natural beauty, tells the story of how the Greenbelt was established, including interviews with former Ontario Premiers Dalton McGuinty, Mike Harris, and Bill Davis.  

I don't know where we would be without the Greenbelt. It has changed not only the way chefs think about food, but the way people think about food.

Jaco Lokker, Food Services Director, U of T

The Greenbelt is about more than just preserving nature. It's about social justice, it's about thinking about our future and our grandchildren, and it's about the economy.

David Miller, Former Mayor of Toronto, CEO at WWF

My hat’s off to Burkhard … This book shows what fans of the Greenbelt have known for many years: the work of environmental protection can have enduring substance and be sexy at the same time.

Sarah Harmer, Musician and Founder of PERL

A beautiful book that illustrates the real power of the greatest Greenbelt in the world.

Dalton McGuinty, former Ontario Premier

Burkhard has done a great job in telling the stories of the fascinating people that make this Greenbelt so special.

Mike Harris, former Ontario Premier

The book captures the history of Ontario’s Greenbelt very well. The beautiful photographs complement the great storytelling.

Bill Davis, former Ontario Premier

This remarkable book tells the Greenbelt’s story through the eyes of its exceptional people and with beautiful photography. Burkhard has created a gem.

David Crombie, former Mayor of Toronto

Congratulations to Burkhard Mausberg, who has brought all the Greenbelt voices together, singing in harmony to create this wonderful book.

Jamie Kennedy, Chef

A terrific story about the history and the characters involved in the creation of the Greenbelt. As Ontarians, our lives and the lives of future generations are forever indebted to these visionaries.

Sonja Smiths, Actress, Vineyard Owner, Farmer's Daughter

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Upcoming Public Events


  • Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 36 People are in!
    Epic Books in Hamilton, ON, Canada

    Hamilton Greenbelt Book Launch

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    Join us in celebrating the release of The Greenbelt: Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure by Burkhard Mausberg. The Greenbelt book captures insights from the Greenbelt’s artists, farmers, entrepreneurs, cyclists, mountain climbers, and so many others who have made the Greenbelt a success.

    We will be hosting a series of events across the Greenbelt, to help us celebrate the release of the book, the importance of the Greenbelt and to talk about how we can work together to protect it for the future.

    Guest speakers include:

    • Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and author
    • Alan Hansell, Founder of the Stewards of Cootes Watershed
    • Dr. David A. Galbraith, Head of Science, Royal Botanical Gardens

    Light refreshments will be served. Book will be available to be purchased at the bookstore. 

    Want to buy the book? Click here. All proceeds will go towards helping to protect and grow the Greenbelt. You can get a sneak peak of the book here

    Can't make this event? Click here to view a full list of upcoming events.

  • Monday, May 08, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 20 People are in!
    Arch Brewing Company in Newmarket, ON, Canada

    Newmarket Greenbelt Book Launch

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    Join us in celebrating the release of The Greenbelt: Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure by Burkhard Mausberg. The Greenbelt book captures insights from the Greenbelt’s artists, farmers, entrepreneurs, cyclists, mountain climbers, environmentalists, and so many others who have made the Greenbelt a success.

    We will be hosting a series of events across the Greenbelt, to help us celebrate the release of the book, the importance of the Greenbelt and to talk about how we can work together to protect it for the future.

    Guest speakers include:

    • Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and author
    • Frances Pairaudeau, Founder of Sustainable Options and author of the Greenbelt Brewery Discovery Route
    • Michael Manett, Principal Planner and President of MPlan Inc. and photographer
    • More speakers to be announced shortly

    Light refreshments will be served, and Arch Brewing Company will have a special local beer available to buy. 

    Want to buy the book? Click here. All proceeds will go towards helping to protect and grow the Greenbelt. You can get a sneak peak of the book here

    Can't make this event? Click here to view a full list of upcoming events.

  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 24 People are in!
    Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada

    Niagara Greenbelt Book Launch

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    Join us in celebrating the release of The Greenbelt: Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure by Burkhard Mausberg. The Greenbelt book captures insights from the Greenbelt’s artists, farmers, entrepreneurs, cyclists, mountain climbers, environmentalists, and so many others who have made the Greenbelt a success.

    We will be hosting a series of events across the Greenbelt, to help us celebrate the release of the book, the importance of the Greenbelt and to talk about how we can work together to protect it for the future.

    Guest speakers include:

    • Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and author
    • Bill Redelmeier, Owner of Southbrook Vineyards
    • Jon Downing, Brewmaster Professor at Niagara College Teaching Brewery

    A personal tour of Southbrook Vineyards will be included, and wine and refreshments will be served. We would like to thank Southbrook Vineyards for generously donating the wine samples and the space. 

    Want to buy the book? Click here. All proceeds will go towards helping to protect and grow the Greenbelt. You can get a sneak peak of the book here

    Can't make this event? Click here to view a full list of upcoming events.

  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 32 People are in!
    The Bookshelf in Guelph, ON, Canada

    Guelph Greenbelt Book Launch

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    Join us in celebrating the release of The Greenbelt: Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure by Burkhard Mausberg. The Greenbelt book captures insights from the Greenbelt’s artists, farmers, entrepreneurs, cyclists, mountain climbers, environmentalists, and so many others who have made the Greenbelt a success.

    We will be hosting a series of events across the Greenbelt, to help us celebrate the release of the book, the importance of the Greenbelt and to talk about how we can work together to protect it for the future.

    Guest speakers include:

    • Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and author
    • Andy Graham, Executive Director, Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association
    • Deb Stark, Former Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
    • Wayne Caldwell, Associate Vice-President Research and Professor, University of Guelph

    Light refreshments and drinks will be served. 

    Want to buy the book? Click here. All proceeds will go towards helping to protect and grow the Greenbelt. You can get a sneak peak of the book here

    Can't make this event? Click here to view a full list of upcoming events.

  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 27 People are in!
    Carruthers Marsh Pavilion in Ajax, ON, Canada

    Ajax Greenbelt Book Launch

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    Join us in celebrating the release of The Greenbelt: Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure by Burkhard Mausberg. The Greenbelt book captures insights from the Greenbelt’s artists, farmers, entrepreneurs, cyclists, mountain climbers, and so many others who have made the Greenbelt a success.

    We will be hosting a series of events across the Greenbelt, to help us celebrate the release of the book, the importance of the Greenbelt and to talk about how we can work together to protect it for the future.

    Guest speakers include:

    • Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and author
    • Steve Parish, Mayor of Ajax

    Light refreshments will be served. 

    Want to buy the book? Click here. All proceeds will go towards helping to protect and grow the Greenbelt. You can get a sneak peak here

    Can't make this event? Click here to view a full list of upcoming events.

  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 29 People are in!
    A Different Drummer Books in Burlington, ON, Canada

    Burlington Greenbelt Book Launch

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    Join us in celebrating the release of The Greenbelt: Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure by Burkhard Mausberg. The Greenbelt book captures insights from the Greenbelt’s artists, farmers, entrepreneurs, cyclists, mountain climbers, environmentalists, and so many others who have made the Greenbelt a success.

    We will be hosting a series of events across the Greenbelt, to help us celebrate the release of the book, the importance of the Greenbelt and to talk about how we can work together to protect it for the future.

    Guest speakers include:

    • Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and author
    • Rick Goldring, Mayor of Burlington
    • Sarah Harmer, Singer and Activist

    Light refreshments will be served. 

    Want to buy the book? Click here. All proceeds will go towards helping to protect and grow the Greenbelt. You can get a sneak peak of the book here

    Can't make this event? Click here to view a full list of upcoming events.

  • Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 01:00 PM · 10 People are in!
    Blue Heron Bookstore in Uxbridge, ON, Canada

    Uxbridge Greenbelt Book Launch

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    Join us in celebrating the release of The Greenbelt: Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure by Burkhard Mausberg. The Greenbelt book captures insights from the Greenbelt’s artists, farmers, entrepreneurs, cyclists, mountain climbers, and so many others who have made the Greenbelt a success.

    We will be hosting a series of events across the Greenbelt, to help us celebrate the release of the book, the importance of the Greenbelt and to talk about how we can work together to protect it for the future.

    Guest speakers include:

    • Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and author
    • Gord Geissberger, Owner of Geissberger Farmhouse Cider
    • Garry Geissberger, Owner of Geissberger Farmhouse Cider

    Light refreshments will be served. 

    Want to buy the book? Click here. All proceeds will go towards helping to protect and grow the Greenbelt. You can get a sneak peak of the book here

    Can't make this event? Click here to view a full list of upcoming events.

  • Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 14 People are in!
    Words Worth Books in Waterloo, ON, Canada

    Waterloo Greenbelt Book Launch

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    Join us in celebrating the release of The Greenbelt: Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure by Burkhard Mausberg. The Greenbelt book captures insights from the Greenbelt’s artists, farmers, entrepreneurs, cyclists, mountain climbers, environmentalists, and so many others who have made the Greenbelt a success.

    We will be hosting a series of events across the Greenbelt, to help us celebrate the release of the book, the importance of the Greenbelt and to talk about how we can work together to protect it for the future.

    Guest speakers include:

    • Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and author
    • Kevin Eby, former Director of Community Planning for the Region of Waterloo
    • Kevin Thomason, Vice-Chair of the Grand River Environmental Network and one of the Leaders of Smart Growth Waterloo

    Light refreshments will be served. 

    Want to buy the book? Click here. All proceeds will go towards helping to protect and grow the Greenbelt. You can get a sneak peak of the book here

    Can't make this event? Click here to view a full list of upcoming events.