Maple Syrup season is here! After years of trying to make it to a Sugarbush festival I finally succeeded! On a sunny Sunday afternoon, my friends and I hopped into the car and headed out to Kortright Centre to learn about and try everything maple they had to offer. If you’ve never been to Kortright Centre I implore you to go, it’s been a staple in my life since before I can remember and is how I first fell in love with the natural world. I was excited to return back to my roots and share in the adventure with my friends.
Upon our arrival we headed into the main building where they were serving pancakes with maple syrup and a gift shop offering a host of maple goodies for purchase as well. It was tempting to just sit down and dig in but the maple demonstrations beckoned us onward and so we continued out the back, down the stairs and to our first stop.
Hot rocks used to turn sweet water into maple syrup.
An official from Kortright Centre stood there with forked branches in hand, picking up hot rocks from the fire and placing them in a hallowed out troth which looked to be holding water. Upon further inspection (and explanation) we discovered that this was how the indigenous people turned “sweet water”, or the maple trees sap, to the more concentrated version of what we know as maple syrup. It was a long process back then, taking a week of round-the-clock work to obtain the smallest amount of syrup. Now, that’s what I call dedication.Read more
Jane's Walk is back!
The festival of free, citizen-led walking tours runs May 6th, 7th, and 8th.
We love Jane's Walk (we even helped plan a series of Greenbelt-inspired walks for last year's festival)! It's a not-to-be-missed chance to learn, from experts and civic champions, more about the region, and the communities, we inhabit.
And this year this year's two important Jane's Walk anniversaries are giving us even added incentive to take part. Not only is it the 10th year of the festival, this week also marks what would have been the 100th Birthday of Jane Jacobs - famed urbanist and activist and Jane's Walk namesake.
We're so excited that we combed through the Jane's Walk listings looking for walks that touch on issues Greenbelt champions care about the most - from the history of our protected natural landscapes, to the importance of spending time outside, to the need to build smart livable communities.
Want to be on the first public tour of the MacMillan Nature Reserve? Find out more about the tenets of Toronto's Complete Streets program? Better understand the health benefits of spending time outdoors?
Check out our team's top picks below!See all events
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.Read more
On Saturday May 3, 2014, Greenbelt staff and partners from TRCA, Humber Watershed Alliance, and the Weston Historical Society led a Jane’s Walk along the Humber River. Despite the dreary weather (or fitting depending on how you look at it; the topic was about the history of flooding and the future of planning in urban river valleys in a changing climate), more than 30 keen souls showed up for the walk.Read more
Fry time is upon us.
If there is ever a time to indulge in some crispy, golden fries, now is the time. The remaining potatoes from last season’s harvest are now Ontario’s finest frying potatoes. After a fall harvest, potatoes are kept in cool, dark environments. This extends their life and slows down the reaction that breaks down potato starch into sugar. After a long winter, the potatoes are reaching the end of their edible stage and have the highest sugar content of the season. When these potatoes are “punched” (through a fry press) into spears, then plunged into 350F vegetable oil, those sugars go to work. They caramelize and give the fluffy interior of the fry a golden shell, almost alike to the top of a creme brulée.Read more
April 2014 Newsletter
Positive vibes, trout, beer, and cycling. What else do you need?
This month's newsletter features:
- Majority of Ontarians Want to See the Greenbelt Grow
- Toast to Protect the Greenbelt
- Trout in the Humber
- Test Ride the Greenbelt Route
- From Disaster to Resilience: Jane's Walk 2014
- And more... !
Rainbow trout are alive and well in Toronto's Humber River.
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.
Each spring steelhead—otherwise known as rainbow trout—migrate up the Humber River to spawn, and can be seen jumping dams at various points through the city. Chinook and coho salmon make the run in the fall. Although all three species were introduced from the Pacific, they have established wild, self-sustaining populations in the Great Lakes.Read more
A page on American Warblers from the well-known bird field guide, Sibleys.
A field guide is a well-known tool, a book, used to help identify things in the environment that may appear similar, but in actuality are quite diverse.Read more
MARCH 2014 NEWSLETTER
Owls, cake, and Durham, it's all in there.
This month's newsletter features:
- Durham Region's 2015 Greenbelt Review
- From Field to Farm-Gate: Value-Addded
- In the Greenbelt, you can have your cake and eat it, too!
- Owl Prowl-ing: Where the Wild Things Are
- Love Your Ravines
- And more... !
Tis the season of the Seedy Saturday! With spring looming on the minds of many, Seedy Saturdays are sprouting up throughout the Greenbelt. A great venue to purchase seeds, exchange ideas and knowledge, and learn from others about the craft of gardening, Seedy Saturdays grew out of a need for low-cost venues where local gardeners, seed companies, growers, and nurseries could simply learn from one another, share some of last season's well-earned seeds, and promote diversity.Read more