• "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!


Hamilton Kids Fest… Not Just for the Kids!


Every Family Day long weekend, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum hosts Hamilton’s KidsFest, the country’s largest ‘bouncy castle’ playground.  With more than 15 different indoor amusements that will have your kids jumping for joy, this is a great family outing for the middle of winter when you are looking to stay out of the cold.  Along with my niece, nephew and mother, I explored the museum, the planes and KidsFest – admission gets you access to all three!


Call For Submissions: Become a part of of a Greenbelt Arts Project for the 2013 In the Soil Arts Festival


If you had the chance to creatively express your connection to Ontario’s Greenbelt visually or musically, how would you do it? Greenbelt Arts is providing the opportunity for artists of all practices to participate in a multimedia installation that represents what the Greenbelt means to you!


Fly the Greenbelt


Experience the Greenbelt from a different perspective – the sky!


Enter the Fly the Greenbelt contest! Become a Friend of the Greenbelt and you could win an airplane ride for you and a guest over 1.8 million acres of farmlands, forests, wetlands, vibrant communities, and more!


A symbol of death was turned into a symbol of life

Finding unspoiled nature is rare, especially in highly developed countries. So how can we protect it, how can we deal with the economic or political interests that stand in the way? Let’s have a look at Germany and an amazing example of building a new Greenbelt.

The German Greenbelt is the product of a unique development along the former inner German border between eastern and western Germany. The green band has an extension of 1,400 kilometers, is between 50 and 200 meters wide and home of thousands of species, many of them endangered.


Times of change
After the Second World War Germany was divided into two countries, East Germany and West Germany. It took nearly 40 years until Germany was reunited in 1990. The  inner German border that separated the two countries wasn’t only a border but literally it was a ‘death zone’. Nobody was allowed to enter it and in fact, a lot of people were shot for go into while trying to flee from East Germany. For decades almost nobody entered the strip with its military installations like fences, walls, minefields, guard towers, and bunkers with automated guns (see picture: inner German border).


Study reveals Greater Golden Horseshoe unprotected green space provides $122 million in ecological benefits each year


TORONTO — A patchwork of remaining farmland and green space in Ontario's rapidly growing Golden Horseshoe region provides millions of dollars in services and benefits, according to a David Suzuki Foundation study. The report examines the Whitebelt Study Area, more than 94,000 hectares of unprotected farmland, fields and forests in the municipalities of Durham, York, Halton, Hamilton and Peel. The fate of these lands remains uncertain as the provincial government considers whether to approve proposals to develop prime farmland and green space as the region grows.


Improving Energy-Efficiency on Greenbelt Farms



February 6, 2013

Pilot Program Reduces Costs for Farmers, Increases Environmental Benefits

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation have partnered to promote innovative, economic farming practices that support the environment.


Pembina Institute

Priced_Out.pngPriced Out: Understanding factors that affect home prices in GTA
$24,775 (3 months)

With the Royal Bank of Canada as a partner, Pembina Institute will release a study assessing the key factors responsible for housing price increases in the GTA, which the objective to determine if the protection of the Greenbelt can be ruled out as a key driver.  The study, however, will be conducted in an unbiased manner examining all factors equally.


Grape Growers of Ontario

celebrity-luncheon-2012-grapegrowersofontario.jpgCelebrity Luncheon 2013
$10,000 - February 5, 2013

The grant will support the annual Celebrity Luncheon as part of the kick-off to the 2013 Niagara Wine Festival.  This event is a celebration of locally grown Greenbelt food, and 100% Ontario wine.


Guest Blog: Anah Shabbar, Greenbelt Arts


Photo by: Barsin Aghajan. Anah in an alleyway installation called Spark by Kristia Peterson at In the Soil 2012. 

Anah Shabbar has lived in Ontario's Greenbelt her entire life, and through her interests in music, visual production and event planning, found herself working in the arts and culture field.


Major Grant Brings Community Together to Protect the Bruce Peninsula


Major Grant Brings Community Together to Protect the Bruce Peninsula


(Tobermory, ON) -- The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association (BPBA) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an $87,000 grant by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. The grant will be used to coordinate a community led Conservation and Stewardship Plan for the Bruce that strengthens natural connections between existing protected spaces and creates sustainable strategies for development and active use of the landscape.