• "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!


Congratulations to Foodshare for the Loudest Great Big Crunch Yet!


Since 2008, FoodShare’s Great Big Crunch has been making noise in classrooms across the province. It is a day of local food education in the classroom ending with the distribution of healthy and delicious local apples and a synchronized ‘Great Big’ classroom ‘Crunch'.


End of winter: Beautiful Bruce in all seasons



Green Living Enterprise

2013-ontario-greenspaces-map.jpg2013 Ontario Greenspaces Map
$3,000 - March 4, 2013

This funding is approved to support the Big Map Project: Ontario’s Greenspaces. The map will be showcased at this year’s Green Living Show, held in April 12th -14th.  The fund goes towards production of the map, printing costs, and any costs associated with acquiring a booth at the Green Living Show.


Ontario Greenbelt Could Connect With More Than Five Million Ontarians


New report released on expanding Ontario’s Greenbelt through urban river valleys

February 28, 2013 

In honour of the Greenbelt’s eighth birthday, the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance has released a report titled, Good Things Are Growing in Ontario: Expanding Ontario’s Greenbelt Through Urban River Valleys.


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!