July 18, 2017
GREENBELT ROUTE RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF FIVE INAUGURAL ONTARIO TRAILS OF DISTINCTION
475km Greenbelt Route celebrated as part of Ontario150 legacy initiative
The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has recognized the Greenbelt Route, a 475km cycling route, as an Ontario Trail of Distinction. The Greenbelt Route joins the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, the Trans Canada Trail Ontario, the Bruce Trail and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs Trans Ontario Provincial Trails in this important recognition.
Ontario Trails of Distinction are selected as the most distinctive trails in the province. The Greenbelt Route was created in 2015, in partnership with the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, to connect the diverse landscapes of Ontario’s protected Greenbelt. The Greenbelt Route connects with the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail to form a cycling beltway through the natural beauty surrounding Canada’s most densely populated region.
“The Greenbelt Route connects rural communities and offers a world-class cycling experience from end to end,” said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Greenbelt Route. “We are very proud to be recognized by the Government of Ontario, as part of Ontario150, as an Ontario Trail of Distinction.”
“The Greenbelt Route and the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail are significant cycling legacy routes that celebrate Ontario and the joy of experiencing Ontario on bike,” said Marlaine Koehler, Executive Director of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. “The recognition of both of these routes as Ontario Trails of Distinction is a special honour as we celebrate Ontario150.”
“The Ontario government is proud to recognize the Greenbelt Route as an Ontario Trail of Distinction and as part of our Ontario150 celebrations,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “With its rich natural landscapes and extensive cycling network that connects to unique communities, the Greenbelt Route is an outstanding example of the best that our province’s trails have to offer.”
Planning a trip on the Greenbelt Route is easy at www.greenbelt.ca/explore where visitors can customize their adventure with hundreds of points of interest. Along with the 475km end-to-end Greenbelt Route, Greenbelt Explore is host to 12 local loops ranging from day trips to multi-day cycling advenutres, as well as Greenbelt Walks and Brewery Discovery Routes.
As part of the Ontario150 celebrations, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is partnering with the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, Ontario By Bike, and Share the Road Coalition to host 15 cycling events across Ontario and create 15 legacy cycling itineraries. All 15 cycling events connect with Ontario Trails of Distinction, including the Greenbelt Route, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, and the Trans Canada Trail Ontario. The program of events is supported with funding from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport.
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About the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation:
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.