Peel

Peel

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Looking to bring the little ones along on your next bike tour?  How about getting your parents or grandparents to join you for a leisurely family ride?  Then look no further than this family friendly section of the Greenbelt Route.  Here you will meander along the Caledon Trailway as it travels 30 kilometres along a multi-use path built on an historic rail bed.  Instead of trains, you will be sharing this part of the route with walkers, joggers, and the occasional trotting horseback rider!

Peel also happens to be the birthplace of four major rivers: the Grand, the Humber, the Credit, and the Nottawasaga.  The headwaters of each are protected by the Greenbelt, ensuring clean drinking water for millions of people.  These rivers flow south to urban centres from Toronto to Hamilton, and as far south as Lake Erie.  Today, urban municipalities along Lake Ontario are moving to add their river lands to the Greenbelt through a new Urban River Valley Designation.  Discover these rivers at their source, a wonderful place to reflect on the importance of keeping this area protected, and our water clean.

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Caledon is a vibrant, mostly rural town made up of scenic countryside, charming villages, and a few larger communities.  This place is full of fresh air and rolling hills, and located along the Greenbelt Route, this region is home to galleries, antique markets, and unique shopping opportunities. See what hidden treasures you can find at either the Inglewood or the Caledon Village Antique Market.

TIP: Make a few farm stops in Peel to round out your picnic plans.  Visit Bailey's Farm Produce for u-pick strawberries and raspberries, or stop in with the Van Dyken Bros to pick up a watermelon or some tasty peas, beans, or tomatoes.  Now that’s farm fresh!

TIP: A stunning setting that hosts a unique blend of studios, galleries, shops, event spaces, and a café, Alton Mill Arts Centre is a wonderful escape from the everyday.  Here you can discover the perfect piece of art, hand-crafted objects in clay, glass, wood, or fibre, and exquisite jewellery.  Enjoy the ambiance of a spectacularly beautiful building and its fascinating heritage exhibit, partake in an art class, take a hike in the woods, and leave inspired by art, nature, and heritage!

TIP: It’s worth a stop in Belfountain.  The town offers a café, iced cream parlours, and is adjacent to the beautiful Belfountain Conservation Area.  Located on the Niagara Escarpment in the West Credit River Valley, this 32 acre property features a suspension bridge that spans a beautiful waterfall, and in late fall enjoy the splendid autumn colours of woodland cedar, oak, maple, and birch that attract thousands of visitors each year.

TIP: Hills of Headwaters is one of the most concentrated equestrian areas in the Greenbelt and Ontario, with horses being used for racing, sport competition, pleasure riding, breeding stock, and riding lessons.  About 465 work horses live in Hills of Headwaters.

TIP: Visit the famous Spirit Tree Estate Cidery to taste the bounty of their apple orchards and to stock up on old European style breads and pizzas which are hand crafted and hearth baked daily in a wood-fired oven.

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Additional Information and Resources

Central Counties - Visitor Information

Walk and Roll Peel - Interactive trails map and Information

Hills of Headwaters - Visitor information

Ontario By Bike - Certified bicycle-friendly businesses, information, and maps

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Burkhard's Blog: Ted Arnott's Green Legacy Programme

posted in CEO Blog | Jul 06, 2016

One thing you’ll notice about the Greenbelt – whether you’re walking, cycling or driving – is the immense numbers of trees. In fact the Greenbelt is home to an estimated 200 million trees, and they do a lot more than provide a shady place to rest. The Greenbelt’s forests capture and filter water, absorb air pollution, support crop pollination, and store and sequester carbon. These ‘eco-services’ are worth an estimated $1 billion – and the trees provide them for free.

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