Bring Your Family Back To Nature With Favourite Greenbelt Adventures!

Royal Botanical Gardens

With COVID-19 closing or delaying seasonal events and attractions, and international travel off the table, it may seem like Summer 2020 is a bummer-summer year. But it doesn’t have to be! Look no further than Ontario’s Greenbelt — it offers a multitude of safe ways to make this summer a great one for you and your family.

Located within 20 kilometres of over 3 million households, Ontario’s 2.1 million acre Greenbelt does more than purify our air and water, and provide us with fresh, local food. The Greenbelt’s varied and vital landscapes also offer a large number of scenic natural areas that are home to some of the highest levels of biodiversity of wildlife in the country.

This summer, bring the family back to nature with some favourite Greenbelt adventures!

Connect with Nearby Nature

Ontario’s Greenbelt is home to a variety of trails and natural areas that offer low-impact hikes, self guided tours and other family-friendly activities.

Share the value of nature with your family at one of these outdoor sites:

• Connected Creeks Digital Wayfinding: Funded by the Greenbelt Foundation and Park People, Valleys 2000 recently launched a series of smart-phone based digital wayfinding stations on the Bowmanville and Soper creeks in Clarington. These stations allow visitors to use their smartphones to take guided, interactive tours of the valleys. Web pages, activities and games for children to learn more about the creeks’ important ecosystem within the Bowmanville community can be accessed by simply tapping a smartphone to one of the 18 prominently placed green and blue “wayfinding” stations. Find out more on the Valleys 2000 Facebook page.

• As the largest botanical garden in Canada, the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton is a natural go-to stop to learn about local flora and fauna. Join the RBG in one of their Discovery Stations hosted throughout the summer to explore highlights in the Gardens. Discovery Station topics change throughout the season, so be sure to check their calendar for specific garden locations and topics.

• Find easy family-friendly hikes and trails in Ontario’s Greenbelt. Ontario’s natural landscapes provide a plethora of opportunities to get out and be active in nature. Here are some examples of easy, low impact hikes where the whole family can connect with local wildlife and nature:

- Mount Nemo Conservation Area
- Ball’s Falls Conservation Area 
- Lake Wilcox Park, Richmond Hill
- Oak Ridges Moraine Trail

Thinking of exploring Greenbelt nature? Check out one of these guides to help the whole family learn more about how to enjoy nature respectfully and safely: the Credit Valley Conservation green tips guide, or the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation park rules.

Enjoy Ontario's Greenbelt safely this summer!

Bruce Peninsula - Photo credit: Stephen Wright

Ganaraska Forest

Ganaraska Forest

Lake Simcoe - Photo credit: Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
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