May 14, 2021


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Tobermory also has charming shops, tastefully-curated art galleries and easy access to the water for canoeing, kayaking and evening boat cruises.

World-class wineries, craft breweries and restaurants are all part of the Greenbelt experience. The region is dotted with charming small towns and villages that have great shopping and culinary attractions. Photo by the Greenbelt Foundation

The Greenbelt Cycling Route is one of the most ambitious — and enjoyable — cycling adventures you’ll find in Ontario.

This 475-kilometre trek from Northumberland County to Niagara guides you over country roads and meandering rail trails broken into suggested legs of between 50 km and 105 km per day.

At this clip, you can finish the route in about six days, but many take a more leisurely pace. Stops along the way include Whitchurch-Stoufville, a warm and welcoming community northeast of Markham with wonderful dining and shopping.

The route also includes the Oak Ridges Moraine, a ridge of land parallel to Lake Ontario between the Niagara Escarpment and the Trent River. The moraine’s groundwater is the melted remnants of prehistoric glaciers and serves as the headwater to more than 30 rivers.

This spectacular 200-kilometre stretch of ecologically-significant land is maintained by the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation — which is now part of the Greenbelt Foundation.

“There’s so much to enjoy in the Greenbelt any time of year, but it’s especially beautiful as fall harvest gets into full swing and leaves turn,” emphasizes McDonnell. “And with COVID-19 in mind, our rural businesses really need your support — there’s no better time to enjoy the Greenbelt than now.”

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This story was created by Content Works, Postmedias commercial content division, on behalf of the Greenbelt Foundation.

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