• "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!


Beamsville Bench Wineries Association

beamsville-bench-winery-trail.jpgBeamsville Bench Winery Trail
$11,500 - February 28, 2013

The Beamsville Bench Winery Association will develop and launch a low-impact trail for residents and visitors to access seven (7) working vineyards in the heart of Niagara’s Greenbelt and reinforce the importance of viticulture and the value of the Greenbelt.


Become a Friend of the Greenbelt - It’s Greenbelt Day!



February 28th, 2013 

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation Celebrates the Greenbelt’s Anniversary

Today is Greenbelt Day, marking the 8th anniversary of the Greenbelt. Since 2005, Ontario’s Greenbelt has evolved from an idea into a thriving, vibrant, globally recognized swath of land.


Greenbelts benefit both nature and people


The idea of preserving undeveloped land around an urban center is not new. Ebenezer Howard, the famous creator of the English Garden City in Great Britain, invented the idea of open space for agriculture and food-based gardening near urban centers in the nineteenth century (see picture of garden city Chatham Village, Pittsburgh). Even today this is one central goal of greenbelts around the world.<--break->


Happy 8th Birthday, Greenbelt!


This year, we celebrate the Greenbelt turning eight with a skate. Foundation staff are visiting skating rinks in the Greenbelt communities of Markham, Toronto, and Hamilton. At the rinks, we share the Greenbelt spirit with hot apple cider from Geissberger Farmhouse and Spirit Tree Estate Cidery, local seeds from Richters Herbs, and some Greenbelt swag.


Niagara Region: A Valuable and Vibrant Part of Ontario's Greenbelt


In 2015, Ontario’s Greenbelt turns ten. This anniversary triggers a formal review by the Provincial government.

Our Greenbelt is the largest and most robust in the world, permanently protecting an extensive area of productive farmland and vital natural features that provide food, clean air and clean water. Here at home, it is viewed as a watershed land-use policy that is turning the tide on sprawl and sustaining a high quality of life for residents in the rapidly urbanizing Toronto region


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.