Tales from Niagara is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Niagara’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Niagara farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Niagara's Greenbelt.
Tucked away between woodlots and snow-covered fields, White Meadows Farms might seem an unusual tourist hot-spot.
Being hidden away, however, doesn't deter the tens of thousands of visitors who, come March, flock to the farm in droves.
Coming from all over, the White Meadows Farms visitors all come for the same reason - to experience authentic maple syrup straight from the source.Read more
Missing your weekly visit to the farmers’ market now that there’s snow on the ground? Good news, you don’t have to!
While many markets do close for the season, a sizeable handful remain open throughout the winter.
We’ve put together a list of the markets in the Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network open for business all-year round.Read more
Tourism is one of the world’s fastest growing industries … and Ontario’s tourism industry wants a piece of the action!
Last month, I attended the two-day Ontario Tourism Summit at the Blue Mountain Village Conference Centre. Hundreds of tourism professionals from across the province gathered to learn about the latest industry trends and forecasts, share best practices, network with colleagues, and recognize industry leaders.
One of the most valuable messages was the importance of packaging awesome experiences to attract consumer attention. Experiential travel expert, Celes Davar explained that today’s “travellers are looking to engage, discover, and enjoy a deeper connection with all things local, and know that you are a leader in sustainability practices.” Something Greenbelt experiences can deliver!Read more
It’s almost December, and for those of us who celebrate the holiday, it's time to start thinking Christmas Trees.
While there’s no shame in lugging a well-loved plastic one up from the basement or grabbing one from a nearby store, if you’ve never chosen your own tree from an Ontario Tree farm, you’re missing out.
Not only do our tree farms offer great selection--from Scotch and White pine, to Balsam, to Douglas Fir--they're also just fun to visit.
So if you’re up for an adventure this year, why not grab your own Greenbelt-grown tree.
To make it easy we’ve put together a list of Greenbelt Christmas Tree farms open for business this holiday session. Every Farm on our list not only offers a variety pre-cut and cut-your-own trees, they also offer warm drinks and family fun events.
Support local producers, get outside, and get yourself Greenbelt-grown tree.
The 2014 winners of the Friend of the Greenbelt Award. From Left to right: Glenn De Baeremaeker from Save the Rouge Valley System; Debbe Crandall from STORM Coalition; Caroline Schultz from Ontario Nature; Amber Ellis from EarthRoots; and Steve Gilchrist, former Cabinet Minister.
Last week, at an award ceremony held at the University of Toronto’s Hart House, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation announced the 2014 winners of the Friend of the Greenbelt Award.
At high noon on a beautiful November day, close to a hundred Ontarians gathered at Hart House’s Great Hall to acknowledge the significant contribution that five individuals have made to the protection of the Oak Ridges Moraine.Read more
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is excited to be taking part in Ontario Agriculture Week from October 6-12, 2014.
Throughout the week, we're going to be talking about, thanking, and celebrating the many growers and producers that make Ontario's Greenbelt great.
Whether you're actively involved in the sector or just want to learn more about the food you're eating and its journey from the farm to your plate, we'd love you to be part of the conversation.Read more
The City of Toronto has been peppered with breweries for as long as it’s been called Toronto. Today, more than 150 years later, pubs, taverns, bars, restaurants and homes are overflowing with local indie craft brews more than ever. Craft implies a small, independent operation, using traditions to produce and deliver effervescent beer to tantalize your taste buds. With so many young entrepreneurs channeling their efforts to keep things small-scale and local, the choice and variety is vast.Read more
On Wednesday, September 18, a group of us drove out to the 30th Annual Grape Growers of Ontario celebrity luncheon, an event we have supported since 2006. This year’s luncheon featuredbest known for his hit TV shows on home do-it-yourself such as House of Bryan and Disaster DIY.Read more
This year’s meeting of Canada’s premiers occurred in Niagara-on-the-Lake, an important part of Ontario’s Greenbelt. As you may have heard on the news, Premier Kathleen Wynne was the host this year and important topics such as infrastructure, pipelines, and healthcare were discussed by Canada’s thirteen provincial and territorial leaders.Read more
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May 28, 2013
THIS WEEKEND, BE A TRAIL GRAZER
New Beamsville Bench Vineyard Trail opens at Graze the Bench in Beamsville this Saturday
Beamsville (May 28, 2013) - The host wineries of the annual Graze the Bench festival are suggesting that guests opt for their trail shoes this weekend. The group of seven wineries has created a new trail that will enable visitors to walk the event route through the scenic vineyards that produce their award-winning wines. Adjacent to the dramatic rock faces of the Niagara Escarpment, this section of the Beamsville Bench is a jewel in Wine Country with its rolling vineyards, naturalized areas and beautiful vistas of orchards leading to Lake Ontario. And now, visitors can experience it in a new way.Read more