Tales from York: 5 York Region must-dos along the Greenbelt Route


Tales from York is a blog series focused on the people and places that make York's Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on York farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in York's Greenbelt. 


The Greenbelt Route is here! 

The result of three years of collaboration between the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, and over 27 Greenbelt communities, the new Greenbelt Route is a whole new way to experience Ontario's almost 2 million acres of protected countryside. 

Signed, mapped, and protected, the 475 km Greenbelt Route spans seven regions, from Northumberland to Niagara.

Get ready to hop onto the Greenbelt Route in York Region. You’ll experience a wide variety of landscapes as you travel through some dense bustling communities into some historic downtown areas and right into the rural scenic countryside! You can make your way through 2070 hectares of forests, farms and Kettle Lakes.

Below are some of my top picks for making the most of the tastes, sights, and sounds of York Region as you zip on by!


Greenbelt Route Picks from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation's York Office:

See some art
Follow the York "Village Roundabout" Loop into the historical Village of Kleinburg and see the renowned Group of Seven collections at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Cheers the Greenbelt
Sip the new Greenbelt Beer at the King Brewery in Nobleton - it's combination of  traditional craft brewing combined with the freshness of local ingredients.

Grab a scoop
Take a break and grab a scoop of Kawartha Dairy ice-cream at the"Coolest Little Ice Cream Shop" housed in Stouffville's Cedar Beach Variety Store 

Take a break
Soak up some sun or relax by the water at Mussleman Lake in Ballantrae. Don’t forget a towel!

Keep Pedalling

And of course, enjoy some cycling. Enjoy cycling under the lush forest canopy on the Clarke Tract of the York Regional Forest on McCowan Road in Whitchurch-Stouffville.

Plan your trip and find a new adventure in York Region! Don’t forget to share what you found, and tell a friend! 



--Communications Assistant, York Region

 Want to be part of Ontario's cycling history? Join the first official group-ride on the completed Greenbelt Route! From August 16-21 the Waterfront Regeneration Trust is hosting one of Canada's premier cycling events, the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure (GWTA), along the new Greenbelt Route; the first time-ever the GWTA has not been held along the shores of Lake Ontario.    

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