Tales from Durham: 5 Durham must-dos along the Greenbelt Route

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Tales from Durham is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Durham’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Durham farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Durham's Greenbelt. 

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The Greenbelt Route is here! 

The result of three years of collaboration between the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, and over 27 Greenbelt communities, the new Greenbelt Route is a whole new way to experience Ontario's almost 2 million acres of protected countryside. 

Signed, mapped, and protected, the 475 km Greenbelt Route spans seven regions, from Northumberland to Niagara.

Here's my list of must-do activities along the Durham section of  our new Greenbelt Route. 

Have a bite
During your ride you might get hungry, not to worry, The Village Bake Shop (5340 Main St., Orono Ontario) never disappoints! From sweets to sandwiches you will be sure to ride away satisfied. 

Experience history
If you’re travelling as a family, be sure to stop in at Tyrone Mills (2656 Concession Rd 7, Tyrone) for their homemade donuts and a tour of the historical Mill. Fun Fact: Tyrone Mills is one of Canada's oldest operating water-powered mills!

Learn something new
Learn more about your travels at the Uxbridge Historical Centre Museum & Archives (7239 Concession Rd 6, Uxbridge ). It's located right off the Greenbelt Route and holds artifacts documents, as well as photos that relate to the heritage of the Uxbridge Township area which was formed in 1973

Raise a glass 
Located in the Oak Ridges Moraine, Willow Springs Winery and Vineyard (5572 Bethesda Road, Stouffville) makes for a great rest stop. When visiting you can enjoy a light sampling of their award winning VQA wines or find some delicious goodies. Please be safe and do not drink and ride.

Get some rest
Planning a longer trip? You'll need some accommodation along the way. The Hive Bed & Breakfast (- 3392 Concession 8, Leskard ON), located curbside to the Greenbelt Route, is a beautiful place to rest your head. This retro home is located in Leskard on 18 acres of dedicated conservation forest; a beautiful area that will be sure to add to your adventure!

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LIZZIE CLARKE
--Communications Assistant, Durham Region

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Want to be part of Ontario's cycling history? Join the first official group-ride on the completed Greenbelt Route! From August 16-21 the Waterfront Regeneration Trust is hosting one of Canada's premier cycling events, the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure (GWTA), along the new Greenbelt Route; the first time-ever the GWTA has not been held along the shores of Lake Ontario.    

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