• "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!


The Greenbelt Fund to Host Symposium on Developing a Regional Food System


With funding from the J.W. McConnell Foundation, George Cedric Metcalf Foundation and Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Greenbelt Fund is embarking on a pilot project that will look at ways to integrate regional food hubs with mainstream foodservice distribution to develop a Regional Food System.



strategic-planning-oak-ridges-moraine.jpgStrategic Planning on the Oak Ridges Moraine
$10,000 - January 4, 2013
This is a capacity grant to help Ecospark develop strategic and organizational goals for the Oak Ridges Moraine, as part of their new five-year strategic plan. The project will ensure Ecospark maximizes their reach, impact and leadership on the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Greenbelt.



For Immediate Release

December 21st, 2012 


Greenbelt Continues to Provide Fresh Air, Clean Water, Healthy Local Food

A new round of grants from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation are continuing to support the protection and preservation of one of the province’s most vital natural features.


Happy Holidays from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation!


Seasons Greentings from our team to yours, we wish you a happy holidays and a great New Year!


Credit Valley Conservation

peter-orphanos-memorial.jpgPeter Orphanos Memorial
$5,000 - December 21, 2012

This funding recognizes the contributions by the late Peter Orphanos to the Greenbelt and the Credit Valley. A memorial tree and plaque unveiling on April 21st commemorates Peter’s legacy.  A community tree planting event follows.



A Christmas Tree Tradition


Growing up in the Greenbelt was especially fun during the holiday season! Every year my family would drive out to a local tree farm and hike around to find the best tree we could. However, because our hard hearts had been softened by all of the Christmas cheer, we came home annually with a tree that looked less like the one in Clark Griswold'sliving room and more like the sad little tree (but the one most in need of love and warmth) from A Charlie Brown Christmas.



Peter Orphanos, A Dear Friend of the Greenbelt

Peter Orphanos, former Chair of Sierra Club for Peel Region, has passed away. Peter’s many achievements include helping to grow Ontario’s Greenbelt, as well as preserving the Credit River Valley Watershed. The Greenbelt has lost a good friend and Ontario, a champion of many significant environmental causes.


Twelve Days of Greenbelt


Christmas is just around the corner! With this in mind, staff at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation compiled some festive fun happening around Ontario's Greenbelt. Take your family on a twelve days of Greenbelt tour! Make your holiday memories all Greenbelt grown!


Waterfront Regeneration Trust

greenbelt-cylcing-route.jpgGreenbelt Cylcing Route
$436,480 - December 13, 2012

The project connects visitors and residents to Ontario's Greenbelt through a continuous 600km cycling route that traverses seven Greenbelt regions from Northumberland to Niagara. The Route is intended for recreational cyclists and will encourage exploration of Greenbelt attractions, including nature, farms and rural towns. Partnerships with municipalities will ensure permanent maintenance, signage and marketing of the route. Other partnerships include local tourism operators and accommodation and restaurant spots through the Welcome Cyclist Network. The project has economic outcomes, as was demonstrated in 2007 when 1.5 million Canadian visitors spent $303 million on cycle tourism in Ontario.


Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association

community-conservation-and-stewardship-plan.jpgCommunity Conservation and Stewardship Plan
$87,000 - December 13, 2012

The grant helps strengthen the protection of the Northern Bruce Peninsula’s natural landscape by developing and championing a community conservation and stewardship plan. The plan will achieve measureable improvements to the ecological integrity of the area, enhance the capacity of community members to be more active stewards of the landscape, and deepen community connections with the Greenbelt.