FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2017
GREENBELT ROUTE TRAILHEAD INSTALLED AT LIMEHOUSE CONSERVATION AREA HIGHLGHTING TOURISM FEATURES IN HALTON REGION
New signage installed in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation on 475km Greenbelt Route
Halton Hills – The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with Credit Valley Conservation, municipalities and regional partners to identify recreational opportunities in Halton Region, as part of the ongoing investment in the Greenbelt Route. A 475km signed cycling route and Ontario Trail of Distinction, the Greenbelt Route connects communities across the Greenbelt and highlights recreation and tourism opportunities in the protected countryside.
Installed this year at Limehouse Conservation Area, the new Trailhead sign features a map of the region, highlighting a wide range of stops for cyclists of all interests, helping riders see how bikeable the region is. The Trailhead features the towns of Georgetown and Acton, Reservoir Marsh Lookout, Ken Whillans Resource Management Area, the Terra Cotta Greenbelt Walk, and the 38km Leathertown Spin cycling loop near Limehouse Conservation Area.
“Limehouse Conservation Area is one of Halton’s hidden gems, where visitors can experience the Niagara escarpment ecosystem and the rich cultural heritage of the limestone kilns from the early settlement period,” said Deborah Martin-Downs, CAO of Credit Valley Conservation. “The area has so much to offer and we’re very pleased to highlight the connections to other beautiful spots and recreational opportunities through the Greenbelt Route.”
“The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation’s Trailheads signage program is an opportunity to highlight the many recreational and tourism assets we are proud to have in the protected countryside of the Greenbelt,” said Susan Murray, Vice President of Communications and Operations at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “The Greenbelt Route stretches across the region to connect Greenbelt communities and bring more visitors to enjoy healthy, active recreation in places like the Credit River valley, Terra Cotta and the other stops on the Route.”
Residents are encouraged to take advantage of offerings on the Greenbelt Route and enjoy the beautiful fall colours this month. Along with improving signage to encourage recreation in the Greenbelt, the Foundation has launched its third annual Greenbelt Photo Contest with this year’s theme celebrating the human connection to the Greenbelt. Submit photos from Limehouse Conservation Area or other Greenbelt adventures at greenbelt.ca/photo_contest.
To plan a Greenbelt adventure, residents are encouraged to visit Greenbelt Explore, an interactive online platform with curated itineraries and hundreds of points of interest across the Greenbelt.
About the Greenbelt:
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, and a thriving economy with healthy local food and active outdoor recreation. At 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and secure. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, protect natural features, and promote sustainable growth. Learn more at greenbelt.ca.
About the Greenbelt Route:
Launched in 2015 in partnership with the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, the Greenbelt Route is a 475km signed cycling route stretching from Northumberland to Niagara, through Ontario’s protected Greenbelt. Recognized by the Government of Ontario as an Ontario Trail of Distinction in 2017, the Greenbelt Route connects communities and fosters cycle-tourism in our protected countryside.
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Phone: (416) 960-0001 ext. 306