Jane's Walk is back!
The festival of free, citizen-led walking tours runs May 6th, 7th, and 8th.
We love Jane's Walk (we even helped plan a series of Greenbelt-inspired walks for last year's festival)! It's a not-to-be-missed chance to learn, from experts and civic champions, more about the region, and the communities, we inhabit.
And this year this year's two important Jane's Walk anniversaries are giving us even added incentive to take part. Not only is it the 10th year of the festival, this week also marks what would have been the 100th Birthday of Jane Jacobs - famed urbanist and activist and Jane's Walk namesake.
We're so excited that we combed through the Jane's Walk listings looking for walks that touch on issues Greenbelt champions care about the most - from the history of our protected natural landscapes, to the importance of spending time outside, to the need to build smart livable communities.
Want to be on the first public tour of the MacMillan Nature Reserve? Find out more about the tenets of Toronto's Complete Streets program? Better understand the health benefits of spending time outdoors?
Check out our team's top picks below!See all events
Performers at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic, 2014. From left to right: Laura Cole, Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Harmer.
Not to brag, but I had a pretty packed Saturday.
I saw almost a dozen great performers live. I visited over 20 booths at one of the largest farmers' markets I've been to. I learnt how to identify stink bugs (hint: they smell like coriander). And I even went for a rainy-day swim.
Rock stars, farmers' markets, horticulture lessons and swimming—it might seem like an odd mix. But at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic, all these things share a common greenbelt ground.Read more
This August, I had the pleasure of joining more than two thousand cyclists from Quebec on a tour of the Niagara Region. Visiting for the Grand Tour Desjardins 2014, one of the largest organized multi-day cycling tours in Canada, cyclists enjoyed mobile bike shops, shuttle service, full catering, and even massages! The Grand Tour really is the apex of cycling holidays. Plus, this year all of these tourists took their bicycle holiday in the Greenbelt.Read more
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
TORONTO, Ont. – Celebrate Ontario’s inaugural Local Food Week at the Brewers Plate on Wednesday, June 4, an indulgent evening featuring unlimited sampling of a menu inspired by partnerships between renowned local food chefs and Ontario Craft Brewers. Now in its seventh year, this charitable event has been established as a memorable toast and thank you to the province’s brewers and farmers.Read more
On May 26, 2014, we will be hosting a Tweetup to build support for our #LoveTheRavines campaign. Urban planners, community activists, environmentalists, and the public will come together for a discussion on the future of Toronto's ravines.
Sounds interesting... What is the #LoveTheRavines campaign?
In September 2013, with partners including Environmental Defence, Toronto Environmental Alliance, Dot Dot Dash, and Patagonia, we launched Love the Ravines, a social media campaign aimed at getting Toronto in love with the city's unique and internationally-renowned ravines. Although many people walk, bike, drive or TTC through and over the ravines every day, few of us are aware of what they do for the city, or that they face a number of challenges.Read more
Incredible views and celebrating our natural landscape were only a part of the festivities that took place over the weekend of July 7, 2013, during the Niagara Escarpment Festival Biosphere Bash held at Ball’s Falls, part of Ontario’s Greenbelt.Read more
On the first weekend in May, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation travelled one of the Province’s most iconic urban river valleys by both foot and paddle: the Don River Valley. On Saturday, May 4th Foundation staff led a Jane’s Walk from Crothers’ woods to the Brickworks Farmers’ Market, covering topics from urban nature and river valley protection to local food and the importance of supporting our farmers. We even distributed local green salad mixes from Greenbelt farmers Rolling Hills Organics to participants in the walk!Read more
Learn, network, train, tour… Summit programming is an action-oriented combination of workshops, panels, keynotes, tours, networking events and professional development opportunities.
Register now for the 2012 Urban Agriculture Summit, August 15 – 18 2012 in Toronto. The 2012 Urban Agriculture Summit will connect you with inspiring experts from across the spectrum of urban agriculture.Read more