Maple Syrup season is here! After years of trying to make it to a Sugarbush festival I finally succeeded! On a sunny Sunday afternoon, my friends and I hopped into the car and headed out to Kortright Centre to learn about and try everything maple they had to offer. If you’ve never been to Kortright Centre I implore you to go, it’s been a staple in my life since before I can remember and is how I first fell in love with the natural world. I was excited to return back to my roots and share in the adventure with my friends.
Upon our arrival we headed into the main building where they were serving pancakes with maple syrup and a gift shop offering a host of maple goodies for purchase as well. It was tempting to just sit down and dig in but the maple demonstrations beckoned us onward and so we continued out the back, down the stairs and to our first stop.
Hot rocks used to turn sweet water into maple syrup.
An official from Kortright Centre stood there with forked branches in hand, picking up hot rocks from the fire and placing them in a hallowed out troth which looked to be holding water. Upon further inspection (and explanation) we discovered that this was how the indigenous people turned “sweet water”, or the maple trees sap, to the more concentrated version of what we know as maple syrup. It was a long process back then, taking a week of round-the-clock work to obtain the smallest amount of syrup. Now, that’s what I call dedication.Read more
Last week, I was pleased to be a speaker at the 34th Annual Grape Growers of Ontario Celebrity Luncheon. It was our 12th year of supporting the luncheon and it was a beautiful day to celebrate the Grape Growers of Ontario’s achievements and accomplishments.Read more
"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."
– Dorothea Lange
On November 15, 2015, we had the pleasure of announcing the 20 winners of the Greenbelt’s 10th Anniversary Photo Contest. You can see all the winning photos here but I encourage everyone to visit the McMichael Canadian Art Collection to see them in person, framed and hanging in the gallery.
The photos are on display until March 2016.
The exhibition would not have been possible without the support of our partners at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Professional Photographers of Canada – Ontario (PPOC-ON).
The McMichael's Anna Stanisz, Associate Director, Creative Learning & Programs, and Rachel D'Oliveira, Art and Special Programs Coordinator, found us a home in the gallery. PPOC-ON, provided a team of master photographers and judges--including Kamini Le Capelain, Deb Deville, Brad Kelly and lead judge Jay Terry--who deliberated for hours over the final selections.
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Professional Photographers of Canada, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection are holding a photography contest to celebrate the people of Ontario’s Greenbelt.
We've already received a ton of great photos - and it's not too late to submit your own! I'm an avid photographer myself and recently took my family to Pioneer Village where I practiced a few of the tips I’ve gotten for taking a great photo. They’ve help me so much that I wanted to share them with you.Read more
Sarah Harmer performs at the 2014 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic.
At the end of August, we celebrated our fourth annual Greenbelt Harvest Picnic. Put on by Daniel Lanois and September Seventh Entertainment, the day was a celebration of music, food, and art.
While the music was front and centre, the many farmers, food vendors, artisans, and NGOs added a unique flavour that I can only see at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic. From the most flavourful garlic to the juiciest grape tomatoes, you would not find the usual “burger and fries” fare at this event.Read more
A little take on the Olympics, Greenbelt style.
As the Olympics come to a close and the drama of competition moves onto the emotional returns home, I am thinking of my favourite winter sports. Hockey is up there, as are the ‘new’ acrobatic ski and snowboard events. The skill set required for the biathlon amazes me, while ski jumping always reminds me of "Eddie the Eagle".Read more
A view of Burlington taken from the Niagara Escarpment, Mt. Nemo.
I have to admit that for many years, Burlington was a place I simply drove through. I really didn't pay much attention to it as I drove along the QEW, off to visit my mother in Niagara.
Then, I met my in-laws and they lived in the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment. I became amazed at all the city had to offer quite quickly. Now, it’s no surprise to me that Burlington ranks as Canada’s best mid-sized city to live in.Read more
When it comes to protecting prime, productive agricultural land from urban development, Ontario's Greenbelt is the solution. Packing an economic punch of more than $9 billion dollars annually for the province's economy, the Greenbelt is home to more than 5,500 farms, producing healthy local food from peaches and pears to beef, pork and poultry.Read more
For Immediate Release
June 6, 2012
Internationally Significant Skandatut Site Saved
New Cultural Heritage Landscape Park to Celebrate Nature and First Nations History
Vaughan, ON – Vaughan City Council voted unanimously last night to accept a deal to save Skandatut, an internationally significant cultural heritage site in the Greenbelt, on the historic Humber River in Vaughan, Ontario.