The Greenbelt:
Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure

by Burkhard Mausberg


This beautiful coffee-table book is a portrait of Ontario's Greenbelt and the people who nurture it. Stretching from the Niagara Peninsula to Tobermory - with farmland, forests, and watersheds - the Greenbelt is the largest and most protected peri-urban landscape in the world.

To be published 12 years after the Greenbelt was founded, The Greenbelt is bursting with gorgeous photography that will inspire and delight anyone who has walked its trails, driven its roads, or tasted its fresh bounty. Read an excerpt.

The book also celebrates the people who live in the Greenbelt—artists, farmers, entrepreneurs, cyclists, mountain climbers, and so many others who have been enriched by what makes us quintessentially Canadian: our land.

Anyone who appreciates the beauty of Ontario, and especially the allure of its farms and hamlets, waterfalls and caves, fields and trails, will find this book an essential and compelling read.

BurkhardMausberg-v2.pngBurkhard Mausberg, Former CEO of the Greenbelt Foundation and one of the key players in the protection of its natural beauty, tells the story of how the Greenbelt was established, including interviews with former Ontario Premiers Dalton McGuinty, Mike Harris, and Bill Davis.  

I don't know where we would be without the Greenbelt. It has changed not only the way chefs think about food, but the way people think about food.

Jaco Lokker, Food Services Director, U of T

The Greenbelt is about more than just preserving nature. It's about social justice, it's about thinking about our future and our grandchildren, and it's about the economy.

David Miller, Former Mayor of Toronto, CEO at WWF

My hat’s off to Burkhard … This book shows what fans of the Greenbelt have known for many years: the work of environmental protection can have enduring substance and be sexy at the same time.

Sarah Harmer, Musician and Founder of PERL

A beautiful book that illustrates the real power of the greatest Greenbelt in the world.

Dalton McGuinty, former Ontario Premier

Burkhard has done a great job in telling the stories of the fascinating people that make this Greenbelt so special.

Mike Harris, former Ontario Premier

The book captures the history of Ontario’s Greenbelt very well. The beautiful photographs complement the great storytelling.

Bill Davis, former Ontario Premier

This remarkable book tells the Greenbelt’s story through the eyes of its exceptional people and with beautiful photography. Burkhard has created a gem.

David Crombie, former Mayor of Toronto

Congratulations to Burkhard Mausberg, who has brought all the Greenbelt voices together, singing in harmony to create this wonderful book.

Jamie Kennedy, Chef

A terrific story about the history and the characters involved in the creation of the Greenbelt. As Ontarians, our lives and the lives of future generations are forever indebted to these visionaries.

Sonja Smiths, Actress, Vineyard Owner, Farmer's Daughter


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