• "Imagine my surprise on moving to Toronto to find that the city not only contains a giant ravine system—our equivalent to the canals of Venice—but that the rivers running through it also contain fish; quite a lot of them."

  • "Truth be told, I really like riding my bike. I like it so much that I have spent nearly a cumulative year of my life on cycling holidays, and in the first week of May I had the pleasure of adding one more feather to my cycling cap."

  • Support local producers, get outside, and get yourself Greenbelt-grown tree!


Tales from Niagara: Pickin’ Pumpkins at Howells Family Farm


Tales from Niagara is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Niagara’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Niagara farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Niagara's Greenbelt. 


It’s a sunny autumn day in Niagara, and families are all smiles as they walk through the displays that lead to Howell Family Pumpkin Farm. Little do they know, they’re walking right past the spot where 40 years ago, they would have found a nine year old Jerry Howell on the side of the road with a wheelbarrow full of pumpkins. Early that spring, Jerry had convinced his parents to plant one row of pumpkins in a back field of what was then a pig and chicken farm. When he sold that wheelbarrow full for twenty eight dollars, an amount he described as a LOT of money in 1975, he asked his parents that next year, they plant two rows. The following years, he set out carved pumpkins on his front lawn and people started coming just to see the displays. When people asked for corn stalks and squash, he started growing it. When they asked if he gave tours or wagon rides, Jerry, who described himself as an “entrepreneurial” young man, added them. Forty years later, Howells is a Greenbelt gem, drawing tourists from Niagara and beyond.


Why we do what we do: Community Garden Edition

The end of the summer is upon us, which also foreshadows the end of the gardening season. Not to tout my own horn, but I’ve learned a few things about community gardening through overseeing the 2015 growing season of the Greenbelt Foundation's New Canadian Go Greenbelt grant. One of the grant's main purposes was to supply Chinese and South Asian crop seedlings to 14 low-income community gardens found throughout the Greater Toronto Area. 


A harvest themed overnight cycling tour for Agriculture Week

Ag-Week-Blog---Kevin.jpgThe Greenbelt Route is now a reality — I've ridden it from end to end in both directions, and have found hundreds of ideas for how to explore this stunning near-urban landscape from the seat of my bicycle. There is so much on offer in Ontario’s Greenbelt at this time of year, and the cooler weather in spring and autumn make these shoulder seasons some of the most comfortable times of year to ride a bike. With the bulk of farm crops now coming off the fields, what better time of year for a bicycle farm market tour?


Sucess Stories Showcase Entrepreneurship & Innovation of Greenbelt Farmers

October 7, 2015 


Greenbelt Foundation Celebrates Agriculture Week with Release of Farm Case Studies

The latest research from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation focuses on nine successful farming operations within Ontario’s nearly two million acres of permanently protected Greenbelt. 


Farmer Case Studies: Success Stories Showcase Entrepreneurship & Innovation of Greenbelt Farmers


The latest research from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation focuses on nine successful farming operations within Ontario’s nearly two million acres of permanently protected Greenbelt. 

Home to 5,500 farms, farmland makes up 43 per cent of the Greenbelt. Farmers in the Greenbelt grow higher value crops than most Ontario farms—with gross farm receipts per acre in the Golden Horseshoe nearly doubling the Ontario average ($1,756 compared to $939).


Greenbelt Farmers: Sowing the Seeds of Success


The latest research from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation focuses on nine successful farming operations within Ontario’s nearly two million acres of permanently protected Greenbelt. 


Ontario’s Greenbelt on the world stage


The Niagara Escarpment in the Greenbelt is a UNESCO-designated World Biosphere Reserve. The Bruce Peninsula, pictured here, serves as fish and wildlife habitat and is home to an abundance of rare and endangered species

Ontario’s Greenbelt is pretty popular. Whether you’re driving on the highway, cycling the Greenbelt Route, or out for a walk on the Bruce Trail, you’re bound to see one of our many signs. No matter who I meet, if they are unfamiliar with the Greenbelt, they’re often familiar with our signs. Considered a world leader at almost two million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt.

This representation has put us on the global scale as a leading example in preserving productive farmland, forests, and wetlands from urban development. With greenbelts in England, Brazil, Germany, and Australia, Ontario’s stands out—and we will ensure it continues to. 


September 2015 Newsletter

September 2015 Newsletter

Read our September Newsletter and find out how to make the most of the Greenbelt this fall. 

This month's newsletter includes:

  • A list of Agriculture Week events
  • New self-guided hikes throughout the Greenbelt 
  • Tips for finding all the ingredients for a delicious Greenbelt Thanksgiving
  • And More!

A team of possibilities


There’s something motivating about a team of people working together towards a common future. At our annual retreat, staff came together for team-building, agenda-setting, and collaborative learning.  


How to take a better photo in the Greenbelt


The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Professional Photographers of Canada, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection are holding a photography contest to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Ontario’s Greenbelt.

We've already received a ton of great photos - and it's not too late to submit your own! I'm an avid photographer myself and recently took my family to Pioneer Village where I practiced a few of the tips I’ve gotten for taking a great photo.  They’ve help me so much that I wanted to share them with you.