Halton

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Fall in love with Halton Region as you cycle along the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment and onto the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine.  Soak in the rich history, as the Greenbelt Route carries you through the beautiful Town of Halton Hills, renowned for its rolling terrain.  There is plenty to see and do as you drop into the charming communities of Acton and Georgetown.  Be sure to pay a visit to the historic lime kilns in the community of Limehouse too.

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Northumberland

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Northumberland is located on the eastern edge of the Greenbelt, halfway between the bustling city of Toronto and history-rich Kingston.  Spend some time along historic King Street in Cobourg before you set off to ascend through acres of rolling pastures and wooded trails of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Friendly locals from Alderville and Roseneath have tonnes to offer, or simply drape your legs off the docks of Rice Lake for a refresh before setting out for Port Hope, another lovely town and your gateway to the west.

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Durham

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As you pedal across the working landscape of Durham Region, pay a visit to some of the many farm stops or farmers’ markets along the way to taste the local flavour of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, honey, and much more.  From Lake Simcoe to Lake Ontario, Durham is an agricultural powerhouse.

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Tales from Niagara: it's farmers' market season

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Photo:Tom Elgersma www.encorephoto.ca

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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. 

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A guide to Niagara's farmers' markets

As Ontario's tender fruit capital, Niagara is a hot-spot for farmers’ markets. There's a market in nearly every municipality and no shortage of options to buy Greenbelt-grown food throughout the year.

Check out the list below for details on where you can find the freshest food each week.

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Local Leadership Matters: Ontario Municipalities Taking Action to Strengthen the Greenbelt

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 pdf-icon.png Local Leadership Matters: Ontario Municipalities Taking Action to Strengthen the Greenbelt

The latest research from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation looks at a mix of initiatives and tools 30 municipalities are using to enhance Ontario’s Greenbelt.

The report, Local Leadership Matters: Ontario Municipalities Taking Action to Strengthen the Greenbelt, surveyed dozens of municipal officials. The results emphasize the many ways communities are directly and indirectly helping to achieve the objectives of the Greenbelt—enhancing valuable natural heritage sites, supporting agriculture, increasing tourism, and strengthening local economies.

Examples of municipal projects include:

  • The County of Northumberland established a 15,000 square foot local food processing and training facility to help farmers diversify and expand their businesses.

  • The Town of Aurora calculated that the total economic value of its natural assets, such as woodlands and wetlands, are worth about $7.4 million annually.

  • The Region of Peel offers funding of up to 50 per cent to assist conservation partners in securing additional natural areas for environmental and recreational purposes—with nearly 900 acres purchased since 2005.

  • The Municipality of Clarington launched the Trees for Rural Roads program to restore tree-lined rural roads by planting Maples throughout the community. Since 2012, the municipality and property owners have planted 2,300 trees.

  • An Explore the Bruce Adventure Passport, created by Bruce County, involves an annual scavenger hunt that encourages residents and cottagers to visit the scenic natural features and other tourist attractions across the County. To date, nearly 70,000 people have participated in exploring the Bruce.

  • The Town of Lincoln is becoming a Centre of Excellence for Agriculture

 For more background see our 2011 report, The Living Greenbelt

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Local Leadership Matters: Ontario Municipalities Taking Action to Strengthen the Greenbelt

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2015

COMMUNITIES LEADING THE WAY IN STRENGTHENING THE GREENBELT
Research Highlights Ways Local Governments are Helping Achieve Greenbelt’s Goals

The latest research from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation looks at a mix of initiatives and tools 30 municipalities are using to enhance Ontario’s Greenbelt.

The report, Local Leadership Matters: Ontario Municipalities Taking Action to Strengthen the Greenbelt, surveyed dozens of municipal officials. The results emphasize the many ways communities are directly and indirectly helping to achieve the objectives of the Greenbelt—enhancing valuable natural heritage sites, supporting agriculture, increasing tourism, and strengthening local economies.

"Many local governments are showing tremendous leadership in strengthening Ontario’s Greenbelt,”" says Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. "Similar to one of sports’ most dynamic duo, communities are setting the Greenbelt up for success like Gretzky’s silky-smooth assists to Jari Kurri in the 1980s and ‘90s."

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Tales from Niagara: Dillon's Distillery and the art of distinctly Niagaran gin

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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. 
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Local Niagara fruit and herbs are being used to concoct something delicious.

Dillon’s Distillery has been using locally grown grapes, cherries, and pears, coupled with select botanicals to craft a new Niagara classic. No, it’s not wine, and no, it’s not a pie - it's small-batch unfiltered gin.  

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Jane’s Walk in the Greenbelt

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Join the world-wide walking festival celebrating YOUR neighborhood and YOUR stories.

The Jane’s Walk Festival is happening this weekend (May 1-3)! The annual global festival of community-led walking tours is an opportunity to explore neighbourhoods, tell local stories, and make new connections. All the walks are free and all are citizen-led. There's something for everyone - stay local and learn more about your neighbourhood or venture out to a new city or town to discover new stories and celebrate walkable environments and natural heritage.  

And this year, for the first time, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with the Jane’s Walk festival to launch a new series of walking conversations across the Greenbelt. The Greenbelt-themed Jane’s Walks will take place predominantly in Burlington and surrounding series this first weekend of May. We’ve also partnered with other Greenbelt organizations to offer a guided walk in Kleinburg in early June.

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Greening Niagara's Sunday Blossom Tour

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April 21st, 2015

Greening Niagara's Sunday Blossom Tour 

Lovers of Niagara-grown peaches, pears, and other delicious tender fruit will soon have their chance to explore and learn more about the orchards from where their bountiful harvests of fruit comes from each summer.

Greening Niagara, a Niagara based non-profit focused on environmental education and community projects, is organizing a Blossom Sunday Tour on May10th – an event which will bring local residents and tourists together to witness the blooming of fruit trees, flowering plants and wildflowers, budding woodlands, and productive farms. Blossom Sunday’s were once popular events throughout Niagara, and traditionally held two weeks before Mother’s Day. Greening Niagara believes this tour will stir a new public interest in learning about the prime farmland and fruit growing in the area.

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April 2015 Newsletter

Read our April Newsletter

This month's Newsletter features

  • The 2015 Review
  • Janes Walk in the Greenbelt
  • Headwater Hikes
  • And More!
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