It's almost November - have you been to a pumpkin patch yet?
Fall may be winding down, but it's not over yet.
If you haven't packed in enough pumpkin patches, apple orchards, or corn mazes - don't fret. There's still time!
Here are some tips from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation for making the most of the Halloween weekend.
The Halton Pumpkin Trail Guide
If you're anywhere in or around Halton check out the online Pumpkin Tail Guide.
The Trail Guide, released by the Regional Municipality of Halton for the second year-in-a-row, is a cheat sheet of every autumn activity in the area. The self-guided map tells you what's going on and how to get there.
"People should absolutely make the most of the season this weekend," Halton's Tourism Specialist Nancy Field told me when I called to ask about the Guide.
"Farmers' Markets and farms are still open and it's going to be a great weekend. Halloween weekend is such a great time to be exploring what the Trail Guide has to offer."
And while the pumpkin map is certainly full of pumpkin picking locals, it's also got a bunch of other great events listed. So even if your pumpkin's been picked and carved - there's still tons to do. Go apple picking at Chudleigh's Apple Farm, take a stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens, or catch a puppet show and wagon ride at Springridge Farm.
But if Halton's too far, we've got you covered. Below are some great farms throughout the Greenbelt with events and activities planned for this weekend.Read more
Visit the Greenbelt
Cyclist? Hiker? Foodie? There's plenty to do and see in Ontario's Greenbelt. Follow the links below and start planning your Greenbelt Adventure!
Looking for local? Greenbeltfresh.ca is your guide to the Greenbelt's farms and farmers' markets. Use the interactive map to find a market near you or view the News section for in-season recipes and local food events.
More than 475 kilometres of cycling adventures await you in the beautiful, protected countryside of Ontario’s Greenbelt. Enjoy lush forests, winding rivers, welcoming communities, and family farms, as you ride across this stunning landscape.
Take a hike! Check out our Greenbelt Walks guides and explore the Greenbelt 10,000 km trail network.
Toronto's ravines are only a click away.
Find a Greenbelt event near you!
Be sure not to miss the change of seasons and the beautiful fall colours.Read more
According to statistics, about 72 per cent of low-income families do not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The Ontario Association of Food Banks has worked to provide food for these families for years – however this year, marks a great achievement for the Association, it’s volunteers and it’s participating farmers. With a goal of growing and gleaning (picking vegetables by hand) 500,000 pounds of fresh produce this season, the Ontario Harvest project doubled their goal, bringing in one million pounds of fresh food for families across the province. "The carrots, potatoes and other fresh produce are going towards families that need it," says Todd Jaques, Director of Operations and Agricultural Partnerships for the Ontario Association of Food Banks. “And you can see the impact that it makes,” says Jaques.Read more
October was a great month to enjoy the Greenbelt with your kids. Over the past several weeks, Greenbelt staff members Allison Decker and Elissa Hermolin have been taking their respective sons, Harrison – age 3, and Hayden – age 4, to a plethora of Greenbelt farms to enjoy some amazing fall activities.
Autumn is here and bringing its bounty with it. Celebrate October in the Greenbelt at these festivals and fairs.
Some of these dates may be tentative. Please contact the fair to confirm or contact Ontario Fairs for information year round.
Markham Fall Fair
October 2 – 5
Markham Fair is one of Canada’s oldest country fairs. It promotes excellence through friendly competition and features various forms of entertainment such as the horse pull, demolition derby, tractor pull, midway rides and displays of farm animals.
Autumn is a time of harvest, when the air and apples become crisp. Visit one of the many fairs around the Greenbelt and revel in the colours, smells and tastes of fall.Read more