FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2017
GREENBELT ROUTE TRAILHEAD INSTALLED AT THORNTON BALES CONSERVATION AREA HIGHLGHTING TOURISM FEATURES IN YORK REGION
New signage installed in partnership with Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority on 475km Greenbelt Route
York Region – The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, municipalities and regional partners to identify recreational opportunities in York Region, as part of the ongoing investment in the Greenbelt Route. A 475km signed cycling route and Ontario Trail of Distinction, the Greenbelt Route connects communities across the Greenbelt and highlights recreation and tourism opportunities in the protected countryside.
Installed this year at Thornton Bales Conservation Area, the new Trailhead sign features a map of the region, highlighting a wide range of stops for cyclists of all interests, helping riders see how bikeable the region is. The Trailhead features the town of Schomberg, Albion Hills and Sheppard’s Bush Conservation Areas, a 4.4km Greenbelt Walk in Whitchurch Conservation Area and the 59km Village Roundabout cycling loop in York Region.
“Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority is pleased to partner with the Greenbelt Foundation to showcase the wonderful natural features along the Greenbelt Route within York Region,” said Brian Kemp, General Manager, Conservation Lands at Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. “Thornton Bales Conservation Area, in particular, provides hikers the opportunity to experience a challenging hike through an older growth forest that is particularly beautiful in the spring and fall.”
“The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation’s Trailheads signage program is an opportunity to highlight the many recreational and tourism assets we are proud to have in the protected countryside of the Greenbelt,” said Susan Murray, Vice President of Communications and Operations at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “The Greenbelt Route stretches across the region to connect Greenbelt communities and bring more visitors to enjoy healthy, active recreation in places like Thornton Bales, Albion Hills and the other stops on the Route.”
Residents are encouraged to take advantage of offerings on the Greenbelt Route and enjoy the beautiful fall colours this month. Along with improving signage to encourage recreation in the Greenbelt, the Foundation has launched its third annual Greenbelt Photo Contest with this year’s theme celebrating the human connection to the Greenbelt. Submit photos from Thornton Bales Conservation Area or other Greenbelt adventures at greenbelt.ca/photo_contest.
To plan a Greenbelt adventure, residents are encouraged to visit Greenbelt Explore, an interactive online platform with curated itineraries and hundreds of points of interest across the Greenbelt.
About the Greenbelt:
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, and a thriving economy with healthy local food and active outdoor recreation. At 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and secure. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, protect natural features, and promote sustainable growth. Learn more at greenbelt.ca.
About the Greenbelt Route:
Launched in 2015 in partnership with the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, the Greenbelt Route is a 475km signed cycling route stretching from Northumberland to Niagara, through Ontario’s protected Greenbelt. Recognized by the Government of Ontario as an Ontario Trail of Distinction in 2017, the Greenbelt Route connects communities and fosters cycle-tourism in our protected countryside.
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Phone: (416) 960-0001 ext. 306
Mobile: (647) 834-5657