A few Wednesdays ago, I was walking through the Nathan Phillips Square Farmers’ Market over lunch. I kept seeing people wander by with the most amazing flowers; big beautiful blooms and vibrant colours peeked out from almost every canvas shopping bag – making me and many others smile.Read more
The time has come...
Get on your hiking shoes, pump up your bike tires, get out your resuable bags and turn on your cameras. The Reel Greenbelt Video Competition is now OPEN.
The competition is a great opportunity to show the world what Ontario’s 1.8 million acres of protected ecosystems, clean water, agriculture and local food (just to name a few) means to you in your daily life. Selected finalists will get to share their story with great minds in environmental policy, protection and advocacy at at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation’s International Greenbelts Conference, as the winning PSA's will be screened during the conference in March 2011.
If you’re a foodie, you know how much better things taste when they don’t have to travel 5000 kilometres to reach your plate. From the fresh tomatoes in your salad, to the thick and juicy burgers on your bun, to the peaches in your cobbler – local food just tastes better!Read more
When he lived in Toronto, my brother did extensive camping and hiking through Ontario. Now he lives in Canberra, Australia and is surrounded by some amazing scenery and gets to nature reserves and explores the natural surroundings of his new home as much as he did the old one. During his visit back to Ontario this summer I was determined to show him a part of the Greenbelt that would top all of that and be like nothing else he’d seen on either side of the globe. Up for the challenge was Tobermory and the Bruce Peninsula!Read more
It was a short week last week, even shorter for me as I headed out into the Greenbelt on Friday to Henry of Pelham – the first stop on this year’s Tour de Greenbelt.
We’ve been shooting a short promotional piece about the Tour (stay tuned!) and we were going to be interviewing Tour Director, Peter Hart. We were also going to be shooting people biking in the Greenbelt, which was why I had my bike along in the back of the Foundation’s Prius.Read more
Like most city folk, going into the country isn’t exactly a daily occurrence. But when it’s rhubarb and asparagus season, well, it’s hard to stay away. This past weekend my friend from New York city was visiting and suggested we do “something outdoorsy” during his visit. My first thought: “we have to get into the Greenbelt”. What could be more on the other end of the spectrum from living and working in the bright lights and big city of New York? We literally went from the airport to Andrew’s Scenic Acres in Milton to pick the most delicious rhubarb and asparagus we ever had.Read more
On Friday I was on a mini road trip out and about in the Peel Region of Ontario's Greenbelt as part of my job. We had identified some locations for the placement of our Greenbelt road signs and now that the snow is gone, I was checking them out to make sure they were still viable. Being a definite Toronto downtowner and not owning a car, it's a rare occasion when I make it out of the city. It's one of the things that I love about my job actually, that it gives me the opportunity get out beyond the expanse of concrete and Toronto-centrism (of which I am totally guilty at times too) and experience some of the many other fabulous things that this province has to offer.Read more
A Whitetail buck will shed his antlers every year, usually sometime in late December through Feb.
Whitetails have an average life span of 8 to 11 years.Read more
Don't let the dropping temperatures stop you from enjoying the many pleasures Ontario's Greenbelt has to offer. Winter can be a spectacular time to plan a "staycation" and the Greenbelt provides a wealth of options, from cozy, warm indoor activities to refreshing outdoor adventures.
From the Bruce Trail to the Niagara wineries and spas, from Lake Simcoe to Rice Lake, there's something for you. Here are just a few examples we've come across recently, all within a short drive of the Greater Golden Horseshoe.Read more
In the spring of 2006 Hike Ontario received a grant from the Trails for Life funding program to develop a 'Manual of Best Practices to Increase Trail Use by Hikers and Walkers in Ontario.' Hike Ontario then engaged in researching and collecting data for increasing the use of trails by walkers and hikers in Ontario and its Greenbelt, with Canada's largest network of trails.
Hike Ontario is happy to announce that the Best Practices Manual is now ready for distribution and available for download from their homepage . Many organizations have expressed interest in creating pedestrian footpaths and organizing hiking and walking activities to pique people's desire for healthy, inexpensive, and accessible activities on them.
The Green Belt Prize finalists have been chosen – now it’s up to you to visit CityTV.com and pick the winner!
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, 4-H Ontario, Citizens’ Environment Watch, Gallery 1313, Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition, Toronto Environmental Alliance, and the Wine Council of Ontario… are proud to present the ten finalists for the Green Belt Prize. The Green Belt Prize – promoted by CityTV, CP24 and A Channel Toronto and hosted on CityTV.com – is a talent competition for Ontarians to express their views on the Greenbelt. We received hundreds of applications and the best entries were invited to tape their auditions. We now have ten finalists who have told us why the Greenbelt is important to them. Check them out and vote for your favorite. The lucky winner will be belted with the “Green Belt” and will receive $10,000 to continue to showcase the Greenbelt in their chosen art form. So be sure to view the Green Belt Prize videos of the ten finalists at www.CityTV.com. Find out why the Greenbelt is important, and how these finalists conveyed the beauty, the bounty, and the fun of the Greenbelt in their chosen art form. The Green Belt Prize contest closes 11:59 P.M. (EST) Monday, April 23, 2007.