• "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!


Greenbelting the CRFA Show

The Ontariofresh.ca team poses in front of their booth at the CRFA Show.Some of the Greenbelt Fund team at the Ontariofresh.ca booth in the Ontario Pavilion. From left to right: Franco Naccarato, Chloe Brown, Megan Hunter, and Andreea Nicoara.

On the first weekend of March, the nation’s largest tradeshow for restaurants and foodservice took place in Toronto. Hundreds of exhibitors gathered at the city’s Direct Energy Centre for the annual Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) Show, to offer their goods and services: stoves & fridges, wines & beers, uniforms & food, delivery services & cleaning products—you name it, it was there.


Celebrating the Greenbelt's Ninth Anniversary at Queen's Park

The 9th Anniversary celebration of the Greenbelt featured a local carrot cake.

Yesterday I had the privilege of sitting in the Members' Guest Gallery at Queen's Park to listen to our Province's political parties comment on the Greenbelt in light of its ninth anniversary.


February 2014 Newsletter


Guess what the Greenbelt got for its birthday? 

This month's newsletter features:

  • Mississauga Votes to Expand Ontario’s Greenbelt 
  • Happy 9th Birthday, Greenbelt!
  • Greenbelt Olympics
  • Beer Belly: The Greenbelt's Bursting Beer Industry
  • Funding Food Forward: The Greenbelt Fund's Newest Grants
  • And more!



February 28, 2014



Celebrating 9 Years of Protected Landscape and
News of Expansion in Mississauga


Celebrating its 9th Anniversary, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, along with Mississauga City Council, Credit Valley Conservation, and a growing group of supporters, have come together today to show their support for growing Ontario’s Greenbelt.


Greenbelt Olympics

Image of Olympic Rings in Greenbelt brand colours.

A little take on the Olympics, Greenbelt style.

As the Olympics come to a close and the drama of competition moves onto the emotional returns home, I am thinking of my favourite winter sports. Hockey is up there, as are the ‘new’ acrobatic ski and snowboard events. The skill set required for the biathlon amazes me, while ski jumping always reminds me of "Eddie the Eagle".


Seedy Saturdays Across the Greenbelt


Tis the season of the Seedy Saturday! With spring looming on the minds of many, Seedy Saturdays are sprouting up throughout the Greenbelt. A great venue to purchase seeds, exchange ideas and knowledge, and learn from others about the craft of gardening, Seedy Saturdays grew out of a need for low-cost venues where local gardeners, seed companies, growers, and nurseries could simply learn from one another, share some of last season's well-earned seeds, and promote diversity.


Beer Belly: The Greenbelt's Bursting Beer Industry

Hop flower in a hop yard in the HallertauGermany. Source: Wikipedia, 2014.

The City of Toronto has been peppered with breweries for as long as it’s been called Toronto. Today, more than 150 years later, pubs, taverns, bars, restaurants and homes are overflowing with local indie craft brews more than ever. Craft implies a small, independent operation, using traditions to produce and deliver effervescent beer to tantalize your taste buds. With so many young entrepreneurs channeling their efforts to keep things small-scale and local, the choice and variety is vast.


Goodbye Greenbelt! from Nils Kremer

Janice and Nils pose beside a snowy stream in OrangevilleJanice and I sit together by a snow-laden stream at the Ecology Retreat Centre in Orangeville.

Around 4 or 5 months ago, I came to Canada to volunteer at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. After finishing my school in Germany, I wanted to go to another country and take a gap year before studying at university. But better than a normal gap year, like the most common German version of "Work-and-Travel" in Australia, I got the opportunity to do something good for the environment.


Mississauga Moves to Join the Greenbelt

Extending the Greenbelt into urban river valleys like the Credit River is now possible. Credit: Sierra Club Ontario.

At its December meeting the City of Mississauga’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) passed on to Mississauga Council a recommendation to apply to add the City's publicly owned Credit River and Etobicoke Creek valley lands to the Greenbelt. The Greenbelt resolution is on the Council agenda for its February 12th meeting. If successful, the Mississauga initiative will be the first addition to the Greenbelt under Ontario’s new Urban River Valley (URV) designation, enacted early last year. It will also mark the expansion of the Greenbelt into Ontario’s second most populous municipality.


Burlington: A Great City in the Greenbelt!

A view of Burlington taken from the Niagara Escarpment, Mt. Nemo.

I have to admit that for many years, Burlington was a place I simply drove through. I really didn't pay much attention to it as I drove along the QEW, off to visit my mother in Niagara.

Then, I met my in-laws and they lived in the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment. I became amazed at all the city had to offer quite quickly. Now, it’s no surprise to me that Burlington ranks as Canada’s best mid-sized city to live in.