• "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!


Canada's Wealth of Natural Capital: Rouge National Park


pdf-icon.png Canada's Wealth of Natural Capital: Rouge National Park – 5.9 MB

The purpose of this study is to estimate the economic value of the ecosystem services and benefits provided by various types of ecosystem and land uses found within the region.


The Value of Rouge Park? Priceless.


New study values Greenbelt’s Rouge Park at more than $115M per year

David Suzuki Foundation recently released a study that estimates the economic benefits provided by farmland and green space within the proposed Rouge National Park and surrounding watersheds.


Carbon in the Bank: Ontario's Greenbelt and its Role Mitigating Climate Change


pdf-icon.pngCarbon in the Bank: Ontario's Greenbelt and its Role Mitigating Climate Change – 3.81 MB

This report is the sixth in a series in a series that studies natural capital and ecosystem services in Canada's major urban centres. It highlights the important role that the Ontario Greenbelt's forests, wetlands, and agricultural soils play in capturing and storing vast amounts of carbon. A principle goal of the report is to bring the importance of the Greenbelt as an instrument of climate change mitigation into relief by translating these essential ecosystem services into economic values. The report also examines a number of threats to the long-term ability of the Greenbelt to serve this climate regulation function and argues that Ontario's climate change policy framework should be revised to strengthen its ability to protect essential functions and even enhance the Greenbelt's natural capacities as a carbon sink. 


Ontario's secret climate change weapon: the Greenbelt


Study finds Ontario Greenbelt's forests and wetlands store millions of tonnes of carbon: equivalent to annual emissions from 33-million cars

TORONTO - The David Suzuki Foundation released a study today that assesses the economic value of hundreds of millions of tonnes of carbon absorbed and stored in the internationally renowned Ontario Greenbelt — a relatively unheralded carbon storehouse estimated to be worth more than $2.4 billion.


Ontario Nature

roots-greenbelt-planning-grant.jpgRoots of the Greenbelt-Planning Grant
$10,000 - July 25, 2012
This funding will allow Ontario Nature to take the preliminary steps towards developing a best practice guide to natural heritage systems planning. Working with municipal planners and conservation groups towards its development, the guide will achieve successful natural heritage system planning in municipalities, creating strong natural connections between natural heritage features and systems protected in the Greenbelt and its surrounding area.

Win Tickets to the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic with our Pinterest "Pin It To Win It" Contest (Rules & Regulations)


Visit www.harvestpicnic.ca for details on the artists and activities. Check out photos from 2011’s Greenbelt Harvest Picnic on our Pinboard.


Learn New Ways to Advance Urban Agriculture in Your Community


Learn, network, train, tour… Summit programming is an action-oriented combination of workshops, panels, keynotes, tours, networking events and professional development opportunities.

Register now for the 2012 Urban Agriculture Summit, August 15 – 18 2012 in Toronto. The 2012 Urban Agriculture Summit will connect you with inspiring experts from across the spectrum of urban agriculture.


Announcing: Dinner Belles and Lee Reed at the 2012 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic -- Vendor applications now being accepted.


Dinner Belles and Lee Reed to Perform at 2012 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic

Call for Volunteers, Farmers, Visual Artists, Food and Craft Vendors

Saturday September 1, 2012 Gates at 11AM Christie Lake Conservation Area 1002 Highway #5 West Dundas, Ontario



Red Green to speak at the Grape Growers of Ontario Celebrity Luncheon


St. Catharines, ON The Grape Growers of Ontario, in partnership with Meridian Credit Union, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, are pleased to announce that Steve Smith, aka ‘Red Green,’ will be the speaker at the 2012 Celebrity Luncheon which kicks off the 61st Annual Niagara Grape and Wine Festival. The event will take place at Club Roma in St. Catharines on Wednesday, September 19th at 11:30 a.m.


Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association

greenbelt-bruce-peninsula.jpgGreenbelt in the Bruce Peninsula
$15,000 - June 21, 2012

This grant will support the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association to lay the groundwork towards a shared community conservation and stewardship plan that protects ecological integrity and promotes sustainable land use on the Northern Bruce Peninsula. They will collaborate with not-for-profits and governmental organizations involved in conservation efforts on the Bruce Peninsula to develop a strategic plan which will lead to more efficient preservation and protection of water resources and natural heritage systems.