September 15th marked the 5th annual Tour de Greenbelt. This year, cyclists, runners and hikers set out on marked routes throughout Rouge Park and the surrounding Greenbelt countryside.
As usual, it was a perfect sunny fall day, ideal for those participating in the longer 65 and 100 km routes. With the air crisp the cyclists, hikers and runners set out on their courses and enjoy the many health benefits the Greenbelt offers.
Discovery stops along the routes gave participants the opportunity to learn about wetlands, take in breathtaking vistas and enjoy some of the local Greenbelt produce. I was stationed at the Reesor Wetland, one of the first Tour stops. Partnered with Vicki, a biologist with Rouge Park, cyclists and runners learned about the newly formed wetland and its importance to protected species like the snapping turtle.
This annual family-friendly event, has become a highlight for many and we hope it continues for years to come. We want to thank Rouge Park and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority for their role in organizing the event. In addition, the Tour couldn’t happen without our generous sponsors Mountain Equipment Co-op, Ontario Power Generation, Aeroplan and Parks Canada.
Congratulations to all the participants for finishing the 2012 Tour de Greenbelt.
--Julienne Spence, Senior Communications Manager, Greenbelt Fund