The 10 km Nature Walk for the Environment takes place on the Waterfront Trail in Hamilton. Hundreds of participants learn about nature through interpretive signage and raise money for local environmental projects. This year's campaign focuses on the Cartwright Nature Sanctuary, helping to build awareness of one of the important ecological treasures in the Hamilton area. The walk is proceeding from the Waterfront Trail in Hamilton into Cootes Paradise in the Greenbelt.
Eneract, a charitable organization committed to delivering innovative solutions to environmental problems since 1994, in partnership with Green Enterprises Toronto produces a Smartliving Guide, which is a listing of environmentally-friendly businesses, products and services for customers. It serves as a forum for local, particularly small, green businesses to build their market base, providing information on household products, services, food and drink, green cleaning supplies, transportation options, and health and beauty.
The Greenbelt Discovery Tours project captures over 400 points of interest through images and innovative mapping tools, available for tourists to download directly to their personal communication devices.
High tech meets low-impact as visitors to Niagara’s Greenbelt access tourism activities online and at four major Niagara Tourism Centres. Visitors discover a dynamic Greenbelt by selecting activities from an extensive community database of Niagara’s ‘best keep secret’ destinations and experiences. Written and audio-based overviews of specific destinations or multimedia thematic cycling, hiking and transit tours can be downloaded, while Directional GPS coordinates automatically trigger directional information on portable digital devices.
This ecological area is the only remaining contiguous area of habitat from Lake Ontario to the Escarpment not broken by a 400-series highway.
The Royal Botanical Gardens’ Land Management Strategy helps to preserve the beauty and wildlife of Cootes Paradise, which has attracted artists such as Robert Bateman, birdwatchers from around the world, and thousands of locals to hike its trails and paddle its waters.
This community-based conservation and land management plan protects 4,000 acres of natural Greenbelt lands from the impacts of nearby urban development. The planning process is led by an advisory group of local stakeholders and the project is overseen by experts in a diverse group of organizations, including conservation authorities, and regional and municipal governments. A final report recommends action items for each partner group who has committed to implementing the plan within five to seven years.
According to the Niagara Culinary Trail’s “Harvest Calendar”, apples, beets, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, garlic, mushrooms, and onions are available locally almost entirely year round.
The Niagara region offers an abundance of local fruits, veggies, and culinary treats year round. The Niagara Culinary Trail project ensures that visitors have all the information necessary to access and enjoy farm-fresh local products, linking agriculture, tourism and food to promote sustainable cuisine in the Niagara Greenbelt region.
As the first agritourism trail of its kind in the Greenbelt, the project focuses on three main activities: increased culinary tourism, an “Eat Healthy, Eat Local” educational campaign, and a business training and marketing development program for local culinary business owners. It engages a vibrant agricultural and food service community in the Niagara specialty crop area of the Greenbelt, fostering a shared vision for local agriculture and encouraging mutual support between the culinary and farming communities.
Only 11% of Canada’s land can support agricultural production, and Ontario boasts 52% of all of Canada’s class 1 farmland.
The Ontario Farmland Trust is an organization devoted to protecting and promoting Ontario farmland by working directly with farmers, rural communities and other interested parties.
Keeping Greenbelt Farmland in Farming involves a major campaign to encourage the donation of agricultural easements throughout the Greenbelt, aiming to establish three easements in year one, seven in year two and ten in year three. The Ontario Farmland Trust aims to impact the policy and planning process, communicating the importance of retaining active farming, local food and enjoying the countryside.
The OFVGA is comprised of 28 member organizations representing more than 7,500 farmers throughout the province.
This economic impact study is the ﬁrst of its kind, looking at the Greenbelt as an agricultural region within Ontario through an in-depth picture of the fruit and vegetable industry in this near-urban agricultural area. The study examines the economic viability of the industry and the impacts of recent changes in land use legislation. It also looks to future opportunities, in particular the economic signiﬁcance of having eight million consumers within driving distance and how farmers might beneﬁt from this rural-urban relationship.
Annual Clean Air and Environment Guide
The Clean Air Partnership, a charitable organization working to improve local air quality, produces an annual clean air and environment guide which provides information to help individuals conserve energy and protect the environment. It also encourages businesses to market their energy-efficient products in ways that will increase consumer demand. Such information guides educate the public and supports businesses committed to energy conservation and improving air quality.
The planning grant enables the Corporate Knights Foundation to investigate ways the organization and its magazine can contribute to making the Greenbelt a success. For example, the Greenbelt possesses great opportunity for innovation and development of green energy in Ontario, which can offer savings in operating costs for individual farmers.
The sponsorship program supports a diversity of cultural festivals across the Greenbelt.