FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2015
GREENBELT ROUTE TRAILHEAD SIGN UNVEILED IN QUEENSTON
Sign Signals Start & Finish of 475 Kilometres of Pedaling Adventure
A 1.5 metre by 1.1 metre Greenbelt Route trailhead sign was unveiled in Niagara-on-the Lake today.
One of five trailhead signs being posted at various locations along the new Greenbelt Route, the Queenston trailhead sign in the Niagara Parkette displays a map of the 475-km Route, along with suggested stops for cyclists, including downtown St. Catharines, Ball’s Falls Conservation Area in Welland, and the Eramosa Karst Conservation Area in Hamilton. With colourful photos and maps, the trailhead also shows over a 100 local points of interest, such as wineries, bike shops, museums, art galleries, breweries, cideries, and public transit hubs.
With support from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Waterfront Regeneration Trust, 27 municipalities—from Niagara to Northumberland—have been posting directional signs to their sections of the 475-km cycling route since spring. Once complete, 1,050 signs will be posted to guide cyclists through the nearly 2 million acres of the world’s largest permanently protected Greenbelt and connect to existing trails, such as the Waterfront Trail.
This Sunday, the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure’s Greenbelt Edition will help launch this new exciting substantial tourism attraction with a six-day (Aug. 16 to 21, 2015) ride through the Greenbelt’s plentiful forests, rivers, welcoming towns, and family farms.
“The new trailhead sign in Queenston is a great addition to our community's growing list of cycling infrastructure," said Wayne Gates, MPP for Niagara Falls. "The Greenbelt Route will help to build a healthier and more active Niagara Region, while providing a tourism boost to local businesses."
“What better way to celebrate the success and importance of Ontario’s Greenbelt than through the establishment of this new trailhead sign signifying Niagara’s link and inclusion in the Greenbelt Route,” stated Janice Thomson, Chair of The Niagara Parks Commission. “Since the inception of our very own 53-kilometre Niagara River Recreational Trail in 1986, we have been pleased to have become a key link and partner with other trail associations, such as the Greater Niagara Circle Route, the Trans Canada Trail network, the Waterfront Trail and today, by virtue of this new trailhead sign on the lands of Niagara Parks, the 475-km Greenbelt Route.”
“We are so pleased to be home to one of the five trailhead signs for the Greenbelt Route,” stated Niagara-on-the-Lake Lord Mayor Pat Darte. “Our community values the importance of active transportation and the growing agri-tourism and eco-tourism sectors. This route, in addition to the Waterfront Trail, will encourage our residents and visitors alike to experience the natural beauty of this area.”
“The unveiling of this sign brings us one step closer to launching this exciting tourist attraction,” said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “The Greenbelt Route will provide an economic boost to the province’s tourism sector bringing cyclists of all ages and abilities to Queenston, and many other communities across the Greenbelt.
“This new route together with the Waterfront Trail opens up thousands of kilometers of beautiful cycling experiences and cements Ontario’s reputation as a world-class cycling destination,” said Vicki Barron, Director of Regeneration Initiatives, Waterfront Regeneration Trust. “Already, cycling tourism brings millions of dollars to Ontario’s economy, and with the addition of the Greenbelt Route, we are going to see more revenue pouring into the province.”
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Phone: (416) 960-0001, ext. 306