• "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."

  • "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."

  • "A field guide is a well-known tool, a book, used to help identify things in the environment that may appear similar, but in actuality are quite diverse."

    -- Jenny Chan


Get Out Into the Greenbelt: Dr's Orders


Greenbelt – It’s In My Backyard: Facts & Stats on Getting Active in the Greenbelt

With the warm weather upon us it’s time to get outside and active. What many residents living in the Greater Golden Horseshoe may not realize is that there are over a million acres of green space, hiking trails and recreational areas all within an hour of their backyards.


Walls Come Alive in York Region Elementary Schools


This is my first blog about my exciting journey of painting Greenbelt murals in York Region elementary schools.

I will start with how all began. I was one of 40 artists that were asked to make quilt squares for a quilt about what the Greenbelt meant to us for the Quilt of Possibilities. I am also a teacher. The kids saw me working on my square. They wanted to make one for our school, and so we did! 


Plotting Your Greenbelt Farmers' Market Tour


May marks the beginning of the farmers’ market season. Your weekly market starts up, familiar faces reappear, and your neighbourhood is reenergized after the long winter months.

To make sure you don’t miss opening season, we’ve rounded up a few of the farmers’ market happenings in and around the Greenbelt.

New Study Shows: Ontario's Greenbelt is Good for the Economy


For Immediate Release

May 15, 2012

Ontario’s Greenbelt is Good for the Economy

-New Study Shows Greenbelt Jobs Are Economic Assets-

(Toronto, Ontario) – A new study released today shows that jobs are flourishing across the Greenbelt. This resource rich region of Ontario is more than vibrant countryside, it is a considerable contributor to the job market and leads to significant tax revenues for all levels of government. The total economic impact of Greenbelt-associated activity exceeds $9.1 billion annually province-wide.


The Beaver River Wetland or How I Learned to Love the Greenbelt

April 19th was a special day for me - I visited Ontario’s Greenbelt for the first time since I moved to Canada. Even though I had a picture of what the Greenbelt looked like, I was excited to in physically experience nature and its different habitats. Grants Officer Bronwyn Whyte, wonderful colleague of mine, and Shelley Petrie, my dear boss, and I drove from Toronto into the Greenbelt. Our target destination was visiting the Lake Simcoe Conservation’s Beaver River Wetland Trail.




New Position with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation


Project Assistant Position

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has a 6-month internship available on the communications team on Sign Projects. We invite applications from qualified candidates by Friday, May 25, 2012.


New Employment Opportunity with Ontariofresh.ca


Do you love local food? Are you always on the search for a restaurant that serves of local? Do you pine for the first tomato of the season? This job may just be what you have been looking for. Come immerse yourself in local and help in building a robust fresh local food value chain with the innovative new site, Ontariofresh.ca. 


Celebrating the Art of Simplicity at Brewers Plate 2012


Julienne Spence, our Acting Communications Director, asked me if I was interested in attending the 2012 Brewers Plate. I immediately Googled it to learn about the event. I came to know that it is a fundraiser that celebrates local Ontario food and craft beer, all under one roof. This year, the beneficiary was Green Thumbs Growing Kids, an innovative program that seeks to reconnect urban youth to their food through a variety of garden-based programs. I gladly accepted the invitation.  


Welcoming New Talent


The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has vastly expanded over the past year–in both the scope of our projects and the team of dedicated support staff. Beginning in 2011 with 11 staff, the Foundation has grown to a staff complement of 18; allowing more efficient work and enhancing the quality of projects completed.

Some of these new staff members come to us from Skills for Change, a training school for new Canadians and others through the Toronto sector of Ontario Works. The Foundation is proud to support new Canadians and careers through these programs, not to mention the tremendous talent we have gained by participating.


Maple Syrup Myth Busting in Sunderland


A couple of weekends back I got the chance to finally check out the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival. I’ve been anticipating the festival for a while now, and even preparing by upping my maple syrup intake through various recipes.

I had a couple of objectives I wanted to achieve at the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival, so I’ll give you a run-down of the results.