Tourism Opportunities for Ontario’s Greenbelt


Tourism is one of the world’s fastest growing industries … and Ontario’s tourism industry wants a piece of the action!  

Last month, I attended the two-day Ontario Tourism Summit at the Blue Mountain Village Conference Centre. Hundreds of tourism professionals from across the province gathered to learn about the latest industry trends and forecasts, share best practices, network with colleagues, and recognize industry leaders.

One of the most valuable messages was the importance of packaging awesome experiences to attract consumer attention. Experiential travel expert, Celes Davar explained that today’s “travellers are looking to engage, discover, and enjoy a deeper connection with all things local, and know that you are a leader in sustainability practices.”  Something Greenbelt experiences can deliver!


Job Posting: Communications Manager

Are media relations, writing, and event planning the three things you need to help create your dream job? Are you driven to support meaningful causes and taking a leadership role when it comes to driving content? Does executing that perfect media hit shoot a fantastic burst of adrenalin through your veins? If so, then joining the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation as our Communications Manager will give you just that and more.

Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for clean air, fresh water and healthy local food. At almost 2 million acres, it is the world’s largest greenbelt preserving productive farmland, forests, and wetlands from urban development.

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is an independent, charitable organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Foundation supports work to protect and restore our natural environment, strengthen the agricultural sector, and create a pattern of urban settlement that supports the Greenbelt.


Greenbelt Activity Book


Did you know we've got a Greenbelt Activity Book? Crosswords, spot-the-difference, animal match-up games, and more!

The activities in this book are geared towards children ages 8 and older, but anyone is guaranteed to have fun!

Download your free copy.

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November 2014 Newsletter

November 2014 Newsletter

It's winter in the Greenbelt.

This month's newsletter features:

  • Finding Greenbelt-grown Christmas Trees
  • A 40-second animation of urban development in and around the Greenbelt 
  • Early bird tickets for the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic
  • And more... !

2015 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic Tickets on sale now


Just in time For Christmas...2015 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic tickets go on sale Saturday, November 29th at 10am!

This year's lineup includes: Gordon Lightfoot, Kathleen Edwards, Basia Bulat, Gregory Alan Isakov, Martha Wainwright, Dinner Belles & many more. 

Now in it's fifth year, the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic brings together great music, delicious food, and the great outdoors. 

As with past years, this year’s Harvest Picnic will be held at Dundas Ontario's Christie Lake Conservation Area and will feature dozens of activities, talks, and performances. 

Early bird tickets for the August 29th event go on sale this Saturday.


The Greenbelt Foundation welcomes two new board members

The Greenbelt Foundation recently welcomed two members to our Board of Directors, and we're excited to introduce them to you. 

David Oved and Joyce McLean both bring decades of experience in government and in nonprofit organizations and a demonstrated passion for a more sustainable future.  





David Oved

David Oved has been involved with environmental issues since 1985 when he joined the staff of Ontario Environment Minister Jim Bradley. He worked as a ministerial communications advisor at Queen's Park for 15 years, eight of them for the environment minister.

Since the launch of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation until his retirement from government in 2014, David was the primary contact between the foundation and the Minister Responsible for the Greenbelt Foundation. He provided liaison with board chairs, and information and advice to GBF staff.

David spends warm weather weekends at his cabin north of Madoc, where he plants and tends trees when he's doing anything at all.




Joyce McLean

Joyce McLean has a range of experience in the public and non-profit sector. Most recently, Joyce worked as Director of Strategic Issues and managed the Office of the President at Toronto Hydro. She has led communication and policy efforts for renewable energy, conservation, and climate change initiatives at Toronto Hydro during her 17 years at the utility. Joyce was involved in the installation of North America’s first urban wind turbine at Toronto’s Exhibition Place.

Prior to joining Toronto Hydro, Joyce spent twenty years in a number of roles, including: senior political policy advisor to two Ontario Environment Ministers; Chair of the Canadian Wind Energy Association; Founding Chair of Ontario’s Community Power Fund; Chair, Green$aver and as an international campaign director for Greenpeace. 

She studied political science, marketing, negotiations and journalism at York University, Ryerson University and Harvard Business School. 




Where to get a Greenbelt-grown Christmas Tree

Christmas Trees in the Greenbelt

It’s almost December, and for those of us who celebrate the holiday, it's time to start thinking Christmas Trees.

While there’s no shame in lugging a well-loved plastic one up from the basement or grabbing one from a nearby store, if you’ve never chosen your own tree from an Ontario Tree farm, you’re missing out.  

Not only do our tree farms offer great selection--from Scotch and White pine, to Balsam, to Douglas Fir--they're also just fun to visit. 

So if you’re up for an adventure this year, why not grab your own Greenbelt-grown tree.

To make it easy we’ve put together a list of Greenbelt Christmas Tree farms open for business this holiday session. Every Farm on our list not only offers a variety pre-cut and cut-your-own trees, they also offer warm drinks and family fun events.

Support local producers, get outside, and get yourself Greenbelt-grown tree.  



Watch growth in the Golden Horseshoe!

Watch the growth in the Golden Horseshoe! Our 40 second animation shows changes in urban development and protected areas in the Golden Horseshoe from 1945 to 2014.


Agriculture Profile Brochure


Agriculture by the Numbers Web Brochure

Download the two page brochure of our latest agriculture study to get the 101 on farming in the Greenbelt.

Released in October 2014, the Greenbelt Foundation study Agriculture by the Numbers captures the changes in agriculture from 2001 to 2011 and highlights the natural and locational advantages of farming in Ontario’s Greenbelt


Guest Blog: Nature Conservancy of Canada annouces launch of new trail


On a crisp fall day in early October twenty donors, volunteers, and neighbours gathered at the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC) Hazel Bird Nature Reserve to celebrate the opening of brand new trail.

It was a big day. With support from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the NCC and the Oak Ridges Trail Association had spent the last month getting the trail ready, blazing paths and creating and installing signs to guide visitors.