Durham – An amazing part of the Greenbelt

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Agriculture in Durham region.

The natural landscape of Durham invites you to explore the spectacular lake views and walk in its beautiful conservation areas. Whether the Ganaraska Forest or the Rouge Park, you are surrounded by nature that invites you to enjoy the outdoors. But Durham is more than just a spectacular landscape.  

The local economy of the Greenbelt in Durham produces more than 29,400 full-time jobs, mostly in the agricultural and farming industry, which focus primarily on animal production. All of these jobs bring $3.9 billion of economic activity to that region. To build that activity, we have made significant investments in Durham, whether for new farmers markets, new hiking trails, or to help farmers with environmental improvements in their fields.

Take one of the projects to help Durham farmers Glen and Deb Harrison who run a broiler chicken operation just outside Uxbridge. Glen and Deb converted all their lights to super-efficient LED bulbs, resulting in two major benefits: it achieves huge environmental benefits and it saves the farmer lots of money, both with their efficiency and their longer lifespan (with LED lights lasting nearly twice as long as fluorescent). Glen and Deb reduced their electricity costs by 91%, saving an estimated $19,000 a year.

With our investments in the region, for every dollar we have spent in Durham, we are receiving roughly $3 back in economic activity. A successful agricultural industry in Durham makes the Greenbelt strong and sustainable for years to come.

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Hiking in Ganaraska forest at the Ganaraska Forest Centre.

But let’s go back to the amazing natural landscape of Durham.  There’s plenty to do and see. Here are my top five fave places:

  1. WindReach Farm – An incredible agricultural treasure for children with disabilities. WindReach Farm is helping people of all ages with experience farm life, by making a farm accessible to a diversity of abilities and ages. For example, they have dwarf trees so that children in wheelchairs can pick fruits and special lifts on tractors to give the children an opportunity to experience a hay ride.
  2. South shore of Lake Simcoe – Lake Simcoe is a "hidden" treasure often overlooked, but it is the fourth largest lake in the province. Drive, ride, or walk along the south shore and you will be amazed by its beauty.
  3. Ganaraska Forest – One of the largest continuous forest covers in southern Ontario. Not only that, but Ganaraska Forest is one of the most successful conservation projects undertaken in central Canada.
  4. Rolling hills of the Moraine – The Moraine is called the rain barrel of southern Ontario, giving us clean water to drink. And the Moraine trail also gives us a fantastic footpath that connects many of its picturesque communities.
  5. Ajax waterfront – one of the nicest waterfronts in the GTA: green, undeveloped, and accessible.

Enjoy exploring the Durham region.

  

Burkhard Mausberg
-- CEO

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