Into The Rouge: Exploring Ontario’s Wondrous Greenbelt

Get out, and get back to nature!

Dec. 17, 2018, Toronto, ON - This past Saturday, I had the privilege of taking part in a Greenbelt sponsored event called, “Into the Greenbelt” (this one took place in Rouge Park). Led by the team over at Park People, the idea behind these walks is to get more people outdoors and get back to nature; learning to appreciate the natural beauty that our ‘city-within-a-park’ has to offer!

Instantly being recognized as a Greenbelt team member, I was greeted with overwhelming thanks as the group we had sponsored was setting up to begin their walk. Though I had been on many walks throughout this area as a child, it was great to finally embark on these trails with a proper guide to explain the little things that I might have missed along the way.

Perhaps two of the greatest educational takeaways from the walk were, (1) finally understanding how to read the various tree markings painted on the bark (the vertical rectangle on the bottom denotes that you are currently on a trail, and the second one on top lets you know whether the trail continues to the right or to the left), and (2) realizing the endless bounty that nature has to offer; as we become enlightened to the various Sumac growing in the region, which can actually be harvested, ground into powder, and turned into a highly nutritious tea!

By the end of the hike, we ended off with more thanks directed towards the Greenbelt for their great support and a few gifts for the little kids who came out to take part in the walk. Undoubtedly, the best part of the walk was the connections made, the lessons learned, and the ability to get out and explore the great outdoors—right in our very own backyard.

Interested in spending more time out in nature, yourself? Our friends at Park People offer a series of outdoor events that you can sign up for and learn more about the miracle of Mother Nature; or, better yet, to just go out and spend more time in the great outdoors!

When we each learn to respect nature, we come to realize that we are nature… and that feels just like coming home.

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