The leaves have changed colour and they are falling away, but there is still time to enjoy the beauty of Ontario’s Greenbelt, Canada’s largest network of trails that can be experienced all year round.
Walking has been shown to increase energy and relieve stress, helping to refresh your mind and body as you spend quality time with friends and family. What’s more, protected trails help preserve our natural heritage and provide life-giving habitat for wildlife.
Here in Niagara we are blessed with some of the most beautiful and famous hiking trails in all of Canada, including the Bruce Trail, which is the oldest and longest continuous footpath in Canada. The Bruce Trail runs right along the Niagara Escarpment, a World Biosphere Reserve that spans an astounding 850 kilometers. The Bruce Trail, located practically in our own backyard, gives us the opportunity to walk through a stunning natural garden and to see everything from 1000-year-old cedars to delicate orchids and Carolinian forests. The Niagara Escarpment is also known for supporting a diverse cross-section of wildlife that is either rare or impossible to find in other parts of Ontario.
All year round the Greenbelt offers many outdoor activities, from bird-watching and fruit-picking to cycling and skiing. For more information about Canada’s largest network of hiking trails, check out the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting the Greenbelt as a valuable, beneficial, and permanent feature that enhances our quality of life in Ontario. Visit the Foundation’s website at www.OurGreenbelt.ca, which is full of information on everything from farmers’ markets to festivals, special events, and seasonal activities in the Greenbelt.
No matter the time of year, it’s always a good idea to explore the great outdoors (as long as we do it safely and responsibly).