Grape Growers of Ontario hosts a Kick-Off Luncheon for the Wine Festival and produces and distributes educational material about VQA wine and the Greenbelt. The event is attended by provincial and municipal politicians as well as business and community leaders. The Niagara Grape and Wine Festival is held in September of each year to celebrate the wine harvest, showcase the industry and promote local Tourism. The event supports a viable agricultural sector by promoting agri-tourism and the consumption and awareness of local agricultural products.
The grant aids in the implementation of the following projects: Trees for Watershed Health, Conservation Halton Greenbelt Awareness Program and the Halton Great Outdoors Guide. The project protects and restores natural areas by promoting environmental stewardship and increasing public awareness of the Greenbelt in Halton. Each of these three projects brings exposure to the Greenbelt through community outreach and communications.
The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation (NPCF) is building a 12,000 square foot Visitor Centre in their Ball’s Falls Conservation Area, located in the Town of Lincoln in the Twenty-Mile Creek Watershed. This includes a state-of-the-art interpretive display and educational programming. One gallery (1,100 square feet) tells the history of Twenty Valley and educates visitors about its natural and cultural heritage. Interactive displays inform visitors about water conservation and watershed stewardship practices, the impact of human activity on the ecosystem, and the need for wise land-use practices. A smaller gallery hosts traveling exhibits and community displays and educational programs cover the area’s rich cultural and natural history.
For two days in July, the town of Uxbridge is traveling 100 years into the past. The “Trails in the Valley Festival” offers a variety of attractions including, beard growing contests, live bands, an antique car show, horse rides, a farmers’ market, and an original drama acted by the local theatre company. The Fair brings Uxbridge history to life and gives guests an enlivened experience of the town.