INDULGING IN THE GREENBELT

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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. 

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Greenbelt Route trailhead signs unveiled

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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. 

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JOIN US AT THE GREENBELT HARVEST PICNIC

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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.

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A Picture is Worth Nearly 2 Million Words

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August 13, 2015

A PICTURE IS WORTH NEARLY 2 MILLION WORDS

Photo Contest Focusing on the Beauty and Vitality of Ontario’s Greenbelt

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection are teaming up to launch a photo contest to celebrate 10 years of Ontario’s nearly 2 million acres of permanently protected Greenbelt.

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Greenbelt Route Trailhead Sign Unveiled in Cobourg

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August 12, 2015

GREENBELT ROUTE TRAILHEAD SIGN UNVEILED IN COBOURG
Sign Signals Start & Finish of 475 Kilometres of Pedaling Adventures

A 1.5 metre by 1.1 metre Greenbelt Route trailhead sign was unveiled outside of the Cobourg Marina today.

One of five trailhead signs being posted along the new Greenbelt Route, the Cobourg trailhead sign at the Cobourg Marina displays a map of the 475-km route, along with suggested stops for cyclists, including the Aderville Indian Craft Shop and Alderville First Nation Black Oak Savanna Ecology Centre, Peter’s Woods Nature Reserve in Alnwick/Haldimand, and downtown Port Hope. With colourful photos and maps, the trailhead sign also shows over 50 local points of interest, including bike shops, museums, art galleries, campsites, conservation areas, natural features, and public transit hubs. 

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Greenbelt Route tailhead sign unveiled in Queenston

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August 10, 2015

GREENBELT ROUTE TRAILHEAD SIGN UNVEILED IN QUEENSTON
Sign Signals Start & Finish of 475 Kilometres of Pedaling Adventure

A 1.5 metre by 1.1 metre Greenbelt Route trailhead sign was unveiled in Niagara-on-the Lake today.

One of five trailhead signs being posted at various locations along the new Greenbelt Route, the Queenston trailhead sign in the Niagara Parkette displays a map of the 475-km Route, along with suggested stops for cyclists, including downtown St. Catharines, Ball’s Falls Conservation Area in Welland, and the Eramosa Karst Conservation Area in Hamilton. With colourful photos and maps, the trailhead also shows over a 100 local points of interest, such as wineries, bike shops, museums, art galleries, breweries, cideries, and public transit hubs.

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Tales from York: Visiting the Farm Fields of the Greenbelt

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Nathan McCosker, farm manager at Clearwater Farm, planting the farm's first crop 

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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. 

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At 43% of its total area, agriculture is the Greenbelt's number #1 land use. To really get to know the Greenbelt then, you've got to get to know a Greenbelt farm. 

It's lucky then that so many Greenbelt farms offer the "farm tours" and educational outreach programs that take you through the production process. The tours are a great opportunity to see and understand how the food on your table is grown and harvested. And, as I learned recently, they can also teach you about the kinds of innovative farming practices happening in Ontario's Greenbelt. 

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July/August Newsletter

June/August Newsletter - 2015

Plan your local food adventure!

  • Our new and improved local food finder
  • Durham Region's largest festival ever
  • Downloadable craft beer tours
  • And more!
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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!

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Tales from Durham: Getting pumped for the Durham Festival

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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. 

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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.

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