Together with our partners in Love the Ravines we've been promoting Toronto's Humber and Don River Valleys.
Green. Water. Valley. Walking. Those are the first things that come to mind when I think of "ravines."
We are fortunate to have a plethora of ravines in the GTA—a whole system and network of them.
I remember my sheer surprise when I first walked Oakville's ravines a couple of years back. I had no clue how wide-ranging, beautiful, and easily accessible they were. And almost every neighbourhood in the city is tied to the ravines system, ensuring that every resident is within a stone’s throw of nature.
And it's not just Oakville. Mississauga is a city full of ravines, too. They are a unique treasure, offering a diversion from busy city streets and home to a wealth of wildlife. These rich and beautiful wild spaces are our city’s backyard, working harder than we can imagine: they filter our water and keep it healthy, they return vital nutrients to the soil, they act as corridors for plants and animals, and they help cool our cities in the summer.
Ravines are great sites for hands-on learning.
Toronto also has well known ravine system and it's well used by families, dog owners, cyclists, naturalists, fishers, and hikers. Wherever you live in the city, you're never more than a short distance from one of these lush green places. With growing the cities we live in, we need to protect our ravines more than ever before to keep our communities healthy, to build on the quality of life they create, and to allow for wildlife to thrive. But our ravines are not without their challenges.
So, how is the Greenbelt helping to protect your ravines?
Well, many of our partner groups are keen on linking the rural Greenbelt, through these urban ravine valleys, to the Lake Ontario waterfront and its ecology. Moreover, many citizens are looking to us and our partners to permanently protect the ravines by giving them the Greenbelt protection designation.
Our partners have been successful in working with Oakville to "greenbelt" 14 Mile Creek, in working with Mississauga to "greenbelt" the Credit River and the Etobicoke Creek, and in working with Toronto to investigate "greenbelting" the Don and the Humber Rivers. Read more about the work happening in these communities...
How else can you help care for ravines near your home?
- Support Toronto's ravines by adding them to the Greenbelt with this petition
- Neighbours of Mississauga's Natural Areas: A Comprehensive Information Booklet for Property Owners Living Near Natural Areas — This online .pdf resource provides good general tips to anyone living close to a ravine.
- Town of Oakville: Natural Areas and Streams — The Town of Oakville provides general guidance to the public on how to protect local streams.
Happy ravining Greenbelters,