Credit Valley Trail Master Plan
Credit Valley Conservation Foundation
$100,000 (2 years)
Credit Valley Conservation will work with partners, including the Credit Valley heritage Society, to develop a Master Plan for the Credit Valley Trail. When complete, the Trail will extend 90 km from the Credit River’s headwaters in Orangeville to its mouth at Lake Ontario. The Trail Master Plan will plan an optimal route, assess tourism opportunities, identify land securement priorities and points of interest, and build support for the Credit Valley Trail and the Greenbelt among the general public and municipalities along the route.
Have you ever enjoyed the Don Valley ravines or the Credit River in beautiful weather? Do you take the opportunity to enjoy nature, walk with pets, friends, and family in Oakville’s Sixteen Mile Creek, experiencing an oasis away from your busy life? How about canoeing or kayaking along the Humber River, or feeling miles away protected under a tree canopy while birds chirp among you?
In January 2013, the Ontario Government announced the expansion of the Greenbelt for the first time since 2005. It included the Glenorchy Conservation Area expansion of 265 hectares of land, as well as a new "Urban River Valleys Designation". With moments that these natural areas provide, it’s no wonder we want the Greenbelt to keep expanding.
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.
On a Saturday afternoon in August, I sat among a crowd of over 600 waiting anxiously to hear the results. Armed with Tyrone Mill’s delicious homemade donuts, we were prepared for any outcome. Then they announced it, Durham Region had broken the Guinness World-Record for the longest picnic table!
Photo Credit: Waterfront Regeneration Trust
We made cycling history! From August 16-21 the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure: Greenbelt Edition (GWTA) ran the length of the new Greenbelt Route. Last week's ride not only marked the first time ever that the GWTA left the shores of Lake Ontario, it also marked the official launch of the 475-km cycling route.
After three years of planning alongside the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and in collaboration with 27 partner communities, the official launch of the Route is a spectacular milestone. More than 1,100 signs are up, the Route is mapped, the website is live, and all in time for last week's inaugural six-day ride celebrating 10 years of Ontario's Greenbelt.
August 2015 Newsletter
- Our 10th Anniversary Photo Contest
- Fall culinary adventures
- The Greenbelt Harvest Picnic
- And More!
If you’re looking for fresh local food, look no further. Recently launched Greenbeltfresh.ca is your one-stop shop to discovering all the delicious food available in the Greenbelt.
On the weekends you will often find us at farmers market around the York Region. It’s always fun and informative.
Often times, people find us just to let us know how much the Greenbelt means to their community. In the process I’ve learned a lot from foodies, farmers, cyclists, hikers, adventure seekers – everything from where to get the best local organics to the where to see the most scenic vantages around southern Ontario. They all share a joy about their own unique corner of Greenbelt. That connection can be difficult to capture in just one word. Pride doesn’t quite do it, but last week, at Stiver Mill in Unionville, it came as close as any that I could think of.
Most people know I love craft beer. I grew up in Germany where beer was regulated by a purity law—“Reinheitsgebot”—the regulation of beer made using only four ingredients: water, yeast, barley, and hops. I enjoy only the purest beer, and that’s why I’m pleased about the Brewery Discovery Routes—self-guided craft beer, cider, and culinary experiences in and around the Greenbelt.
L-R: Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates, Waterfront Regeneration Trust director of Regeneration Initiatives Vicki Barron, Niagara Parks Commission Chair Janice Thomson, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation Burkhard Mausberg, and Niagara-on-the-Lake Lord Mayor Pat Darte celebrate the unveiling of the GreenbeltRoute trailhead sign for cyclists in Queenston on August 10th.
The GreenbeltRoute is on its way!
It was a beautiful summer day as we made Greenbelt history at the first GreenbeltRoute trailhead sign unveiling in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The sign is one of five trailhead signs posted along the Route that will provide information for cyclists, including suggested stops and 100 points of interest along with colourful maps and photos.
Come join us for the fifth annual Greenbelt Harvest Picnic on Saturday August 29, 2015 at the Christie Lake Conservation Area in Hamilton, Ontario.
This year's Greenbelt Harvest Picnic features performances by Arkells, Bahamas, Iron and Wine, Gordon Lightfoot, Gregory Alan Isakov, Kathleen Edwards, Basia Bulat, Martha Wainwright, Terra Lightfoot, Lee Harvey Osmond, Dinner Belles, and many others.