Bike to the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic on August 29!

By now you have probably heard about the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic, a celebration that includes a Greenbelt farmers market, food and drink vendors committed to using local ingredients, along with arts, crafts, and of course music. This year's show is promising to be ton of fun, with acts such as the Arkells, Gordon Lightfoot, Iron and Wine, Bahamas, Basia Bulat, Kathleen Edwards, Gregory Alan Isakov, Martha Wainwright, & more!

The Greenbelt Harvest Picnic takes place just a stone’s throw away from the new, signed Greenbelt Route, which I thought it was worth noting since we have decided to offer free bicycle valet service at the festival this year. Music and bikes at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic? What a combination!


Tales from Durham: Getting pumped for the Durham Festival


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


The inaugural Durham Festival is going to be the largest festival that Durham Region has ever seen, and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation could not help but get involved!

We're excited to be one of the many partners of this exciting four-day event. From discos and games to a full-day cycling event and world record-breaking picnic, the Durham Festival promises to be as eclectic as Durham Region itself.


Caledon by Bike


A recent trip to Caledon showed off the Greenbelt at its best: by bike.

Just one hour by car from Toronto, Caledon offers the frustrated urban cyclist almost everything they could possibly want. Steep, switchback-filled descents? Check. Thigh cramping climbs? Check. Pastoral landscape views at every turn? Check. An abandoned railpath? Check. Opportunities for a cooling dip in the river? Check. And to cap it all off, how about some crisp local cider to wash down a post-ride meal? Check.

One hot weekend in July, I set off with a friend and our vintage chic road bikes (both still in good working order, despite a combined age of at least 50) to try out the Credit River Ride: one of the new Greenbelt Route's regional loops.

Our first destination was Belfountain, a historic hamlet known in the past for its kilns and quarries. Parking, we unloaded our bikes, applied sunscreen, and set off along Forks of the Credit Road, “a tree-lined roller coaster of a road” and, according to the Globe and Mail, one of Canada’s great drives.


Five-hundredth Greenbelt Route Sign Posted in King Township

July 24, 2015

Milestone Sign to be One of Over a Thousand Cycling Route Signs Across the GTHA

The 500th Greenbelt Route sign was put up today by King Township’s Parks and Recreation department on Kettleby Road just west of Keele Street.

In King Township, cyclists along the Route can experience the small town charm in this scenic area of the Greenbelt. They can pedal along long stretches of smooth roads well-traveled by bicycles as the Route passes the Old Feed Mill and shops that line Main St. in Schomberg. Cyclists can take a break and visit the walking trails in Thornton Bales Conservation Area, an on-farm market at Round The Bend, and enjoy impressive views of the Niagara Escarpment and City of Toronto.


Brewery Discovery Routes


Ready to sample some of the best craft beer, local cider, and fresh food Ontario's Greenbelt has to offer? Check out the new Brewery Discovery Routes to start planning your next culinary adventure. 

These self-guided craft beer, cider and culinary experience tours in and around Ontario’s protected Greenbelt will have you indulging in the flavours of Ontario and its Greenbelt. Explore curated craft brewery tour itineraries that include artisanal cheese-making traditions, hops farms, craft cideries, farmers' markets, and delicious Feast ON restaurants showcasing the best in local food.


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Collingwood • Thornbury • Owen Sound


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Mississauga • Oakville • Burlington • 
Hamilton • Grimsby


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Kitchner • Waterloo • Cambridge • 
Guelph • New Hamburg


Job Posting: Communications and Outreach Assistant – Niagara Region

Communications and Outreach Assistant – Niagara Region - Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Are you a hard worker who enjoys meeting new people and building relationships?  Are planning and running events, project management, and writing some of your greatest professional strengths? If you are the perfect balance between a hard worker and someone who can still maintain a sense of friendliness when meeting new people, then the role of Communications and Outreach Assistant, Niagara Region may be the position for you.

Farmers’ Markets Celebrate Buying Local with Free Market Bucks

Free Market Bucks Returning to Farmers’ Markets and TD Branches this Summer


Market Bucks are back!

With the support of $25,000 from TD Bank Group, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is connecting farmers’ markets with TD’s loyal customers in several Greenbelt communities by giving away free Market Bucks to purchase fresh and delicious local food.

Each Market Buck is redeemable for $5 worth of merchandise at select local markets. Spending Market Bucks and investing in local markets helps reduce food miles, and supports the region's farmers and Ontario's Greenbelt, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.


The Great Waterfront Trail Adventure: Greenbelt Edition


Want to be part of Ontario's cycling history? Join the first official fully-supported group-ride on the completed Greenbelt Route! From August 16-21 the Waterfront Regeneration Trust is hosting one of Canada's premier cycling events, the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure (GWTA), along the new Greenbelt Route; the first time-ever the GWTA has not been held along the shores of Lake Ontario.   


June Newsletter

June Newsletter - 2015

  • The Greenbelt Route
  • Community Gardens
  • And more!

Tales from York: 5 York Region must-dos along the Greenbelt Route


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


The Greenbelt Route is here! 

The result of three years of collaboration between the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, and over 27 Greenbelt communities, the new Greenbelt Route is a whole new way to experience Ontario's almost 2 million acres of protected countryside. 

Signed, mapped, and protected, the 475 km Greenbelt Route spans seven regions, from Northumberland to Niagara.

Get ready to hop onto the Greenbelt Route in York Region. You’ll experience a wide variety of landscapes as you travel through some dense bustling communities into some historic downtown areas and right into the rural scenic countryside! You can make your way through 2070 hectares of forests, farms and Kettle Lakes.

Below are some of my top picks for making the most of the tastes, sights, and sounds of York Region as you zip on by!