Trading Places, Greenbelt Style


Alright folks, the countdown is on. In T-minus 12 (business) days I’m swapping greenbelts!

In September I’ll be starting school in Ottawa, and so while I’m packing my books into boxes, and clothes into bins, I am also mentally preparing to make a greenbelt exchange. While the Ottawa Greenbelt may not be as large as the Greater Golden Horseshoe Greenbelt, at 50, 285 acres (versus our 1.8 million acres), I’ll try to be fair and give the Ottawa Greenbelt a chance to impress.  

The Ottawa Greenbelt is owned and managed by the National Capital Commission. The Greenbelt, established in 1956, was proposed in 1950 by Jacques Greber as part of his master plan for Ottawa. Its original purpose included the prevention of urban sprawl, as well as to provide open space for the future development of farms and natural areas. In its current form, the Greenbelt is comprised of primarily forests, wetlands, and fields – all with mixed use for recreation, conservation, farming, research, and forestry.

Although I am really excited to start this new adventure in my life I am going to miss a lot of things about our Greater Golden Horseshoe Greenbelt. Niagara’s heavenly peaches and fantastic wine…YUM! Hiking the Bruce Trail in the Niagara Escarpment. The outstanding vegetables from the Holland Marsh and Jason Verkaik’s scrumptious purple carrot soup…DELICIOUS! The variety of world crops that are grown in the Greenbelt and are sold at local farmer’s markets...SPECTACULAR. In short – I’m going to miss it a lot!

This is Sharon signing off one last time - so long (but not good-bye) to all my greenbelt “grown” friends and I'm sure I'll see you around!

And as my friend Nicole says.....


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