Apr. 1, 2019 - Spring is officially here and you might be asking yourself, “what can I look forward to this spring season?” Don’t worry, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has got you covered!
We all know that spending time out in nature is not only great for the body, but also great for the mind. Aside from the sheer goodness gained through ample amounts of Vitamin D (remember, you should be wearing shorts and a t-shirt and be outside for at least 20 minutes to receive any benefits), being out in nature also has an exceptionally effective calming effect on the mind. Pair that with a bit of good-natured exercise, and you have the perfect recipe for encouraging a more healthy, active lifestyle.
Below are just a few of the activities we think you’ll have a great time taking part in out in the Greenbelt this spring season:
Shinrin Yoku: Forest Bathing
A grantee of the Greenbelt, Markham’s Forest Bathing trail is sure to help realign your perspective and bring you back to a calm state of presence we so desperately need amidst the hustle and bustle of our daily 9 to 5’s. Forest Bathing is the ancient Japanese practice of actively training your awareness on what is here in this moment, using the forest as a medium for your attention—a practice which can actually be likened to zen.
Paddle the Don
A perfect team-building experience and outdoor recreational activity put on each year by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) in partnership with Manulife. Paddle the Don, as the name suggests, hosts participants as they paddle one of Toronto's most important watersheds, the Don River. In fact, we here at the Greenbelt Foundation will be actively participating in this year’s event on May 5, 2019. See you all there!
Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association: Eco Adventures
Located in the Bruce Peninsula, these series of outdoor adventures are a great way to explore the wondrous landscape that the peninsula has to offer without missing some of the must-see sights along the way as you are hosted by a local guide. Not to mention, they are a grantee of the Foundation, so we know that they are doing some really amazing work!
The Greenbelt landscape is actually home to many amazing trails that you and the family can take part in this spring. Whether it’s checking out some amazing waterfalls in Hamilton, or taking in some breathtaking peaks at Rattlesnake Point the Greenbelt Walks offer a myriad of trails at varying difficulty levels, along with downloadable PDFs to help educate you on the landscape while you’re out and about! My personal favourite? Lion's Head trail.
Remember, getting out and enjoying the Greenbelt doesn’t have to be restricted to organized activities alone. One simple and always accessible thing that you can do this spring is to go out and visit one of your local parks and just bask in the beauty that is greenspace.