Into the Greenbelt is a project of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, in partnership with Park People and regional Conservation Authorities to bring individuals from underserved communities and children from the Boys and Girls Club of Canada into Ontario’s Greenbelt for fun, educational day trips.

Ontario’s Greenbelt is the world’s largest, protecting over 2 million acres of farmland, forests, wetlands and rivers working together to provide clean air, fresh water and a reliable, local food source. It extends as far north as  Tobermory and stretches 325 kilometres from Rice Lake in Northumberland County to the Niagara River.

Here’s how you can get Into the Greenbelt

1. Choose Your Trip

To plan your outing, select one of the day trips below for a comprehensive itinerary and step-by-step planning guide. You will also find downloadable materials to make organizing your trip a breeze!

Please arrange the dates and logistics of your trip with your Greenbelt destination of choice.

Still have questions?  Check out our ‘Frequently Asked Questions‘ for answers.

2. Apply for Funding

A $400 bursary is available for 25 organizations towards the cost of a trip. The bursary is estimated to cover at least half of the expenses of a trip for a group of 25-40 people and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply for a bursary here!

3. Download Resources and Plan your Trip

Ready to start planning and promoting your trip? We’ve got you covered. Download a promotional poster, a flyer and checklist for what to bring to share with your group ahead of the trip to make sure the day is a success.

 

 

Choose your Into the Greenbelt itinerary from the list below!

Pick-Your-Own and Fun on a Farm: Murphy’s Country Produce, Binbrook

Visit a family-run farm and enjoy picking your own produce, visiting the on-farm shop and enjoying a picnic in the fields.

About this Trip

This destination is suitable for groups of children.

Enjoy a day picking your own produce at this family-run 50-acre fruit and vegetable farm.

Meet the folks who grow our food and learn about farming with a tour of the fields and farm. Have fun picking your own produce and picnicking in the fields. The farm grows raspberries, tomatoes, peas, sweet corn, fava beans and pumpkins, and has recently introduced fresh cut daily sunflowers and gladiolas!

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Suggested Itinerary

Departure
Plan to arrive at the Farm between 10 and 11 a.m. Murphy’s Country Produce is located about an hour out of Toronto and about 30 minutes from Hamilton. We suggest hiring a tour bus for the day.

Arrival
Murphy’s Country Produce is located at 2040 Guyatt Road, R.R. # 1, Binbrook, ON L0R 1C0 and is not accessible by public transit. Free parking is available on site.

Morning Activities 
Begin the day with a welcome from a member of the farm’s staff, who will tell you about the farm and give you a tour. Then, the group will be taken out into the fields to pick-your-own produce – strawberries, peas, green beans, fava beans, raspberries, zucchini, melons, cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, eggplant, tomatoes, romano beans, sweet and hot peppers, pumpkins, and squash. Please call to see what’s in season.

Lunch
After fruit and vegetable picking, enjoy a picnic on the beautiful open space of the farm.

Afternoon Activities
Visit the on-farm market stand to browse produce, baked goods, jams, honey, maple syrup, and more before you leave Murphy’s Country Produce.

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Contacts, Fees & Reservations

Contacts
Web:
 murphyscountryproduce.com
Email: murphysproduce@rogers.com
Phone: 905-692-5733

Reservations
Reservations are required. Call Megan Murphy at 905-928-1351 or 905-692-5733 to book your trip.

Entrance Fees
Admission is completely free – make sure to bring your own pails or containers for your produce or you can purchase them at the farm entrance. Pick-your-own produce is charged by the quart.

Debit\Visa\Master Card and cash accepted.

Hours of Operation
Murphy’s Country Produce is open seasonally from mid-June to the end of October
Monday to Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday – 7:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

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Relaxing by the Beach: Christie Lake, Hamilton

Enjoy a swim, a paddle, or a picnic at Christie Lake in the pristine beauty of the Niagara Escarpment, a World Biosphere Reserve.

About this Trip

This destination is suitable for groups of children.Enjoy a swim, a paddle, or a picnic at Christie Lake in the pristine beauty of the Niagara Escarpment, a World Biosphere Reserve.Christie Lake is one of the most beautiful lake settings on the Niagara Escarpment and provides a refuge for wildlife within this World Biosphere Reserve in Ontario’s Greenbelt. On this trip, explore Christie Lake Conservation Area’s natural wonders and recreational activities.*Please note that the beach is not supervised and does not have lifeguards on duty.

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Suggested Itinerary

Departure


Plan to arrive at the Conservation Area between 10 and 11 a.m. Christie Lake is located just over an hour out of Toronto, and less than 30 minutes from Hamilton. We suggest hiring a tour bus for the day.

Arrival

Christie Lake is located at 1000 Highway 5 West, Dundas, ON L9E 5E2 and is not accessible by public transit. Parking is included in the price of admission and is available on site.

Morning Activities 


360 m of sandy beaches await your group at Christie Lake. Encourage participants to go for a swim, sit on the sand, and enjoy the sun. Rowboats, canoes and kayaks are available for rental.

Lunch

Next to the beach is a picnic pavilion for participants to enjoy a lunch brought from home. Barbecues are available, but remember to bring your own charcoal. Visit conservationhamilton.ca to book a picnic pavilion for your group.

Afternoon Activities


Bring along a Frisbee to play disc golf – set up like a golf course, players try to get their Frisbee into a series of baskets along a course. This is an easy activity for all ages and skill levels. There are also 10km of trails to explore, and participants are welcome to bring a fishing pole to fish from boats, docks or the shoreline of Christie Lake.LINE.png

Contacts, Fees & Reservations

Contacts


Christie Lake Conservation Area

Email: Christie@conservationhamilton.ca
Phone: 905-628-3060
Address: 1000 Highway 5 West, Dundas, ON L9E 5E2Reservations
Reservations are required for the picnic area. Call 905-628-3060 to book your picnic space.Fees
Please consult the 2019 Fee Schedule

Hours of Operation
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Birds of Prey and Barnyard Animals: Mountsberg Conservation Area, Campbellville

Get up close with wildlife at the Raptor Center for a live birds of prey show featuring more than two-dozen live birds. After a short hike around the reservoir enjoy a picnic lunch and visit the barn to meet goats, sheep, horses, and rabbits.

About this Trip

This destination is suitable for groups of children.

Get up close with wildlife at the Raptor Center for a live birds of prey show featuring more than two-dozen live birds. After a short hike around the reservoir enjoy a picnic lunch and visit the barn to meet goats, sheep, horses, and rabbits.

Mountsberg Conservation Area is located in the heart of Halton Parks, offering a range of fun nature interactions for guests of all ages. Enjoy the live birds of prey show at the Raptor Center, take a hike around the reservoir and visit a new barn full of farm animals for interactive experiences. A maple sugar bush is open in late winter.

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Suggested Itinerary

Departure
Plan to arrive at Mountsberg by 11:00am in order to catch the Bird of Prey show. Mountsberg is located about an hour and a half from Toronto, and 30-45 minutes from both Hamilton and Mississauga. We suggest hiring a tour bus for the day.

Arrival
Mountsberg is located at 2259 Milburough Line, Campbelville, ON L0P 1B0 and is not accessible by public transit. Parking is included in the price of admission and is available on site.

Morning Activities 
Begin the day at the Raptor Centre, home to 15 different species of native birds of prey. The Raptor Centre is a rehabilitation facility for injured birds, and a permanent home to birds that cannot be re-released into the wild.

12:00 or 2:00pm
Live Birds of Prey Shows are presented twice daily in July and August and on weekends from September to June. These shows are educational and exciting, held in the netted flyaway behind the Raptor Centre.

Morning Hike
Participants can enjoy an easy 1.5km hike along the Wildlife Walkway trail and enjoy views of the reservoir and spot the Mountsberg Bison herd.

Lunch
After the hike, enjoy lunch in the picnic area next to the Discovery Centre and Gift Shop.

Afternoon Activities
Explore the barn to see goats, sheep, horses, and bunnies. Stop in at the gift shop before you leave to check out educational toys and gifts, and tasty maple treats.

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Contacts, Fees & Reservations

Contacts
Web:
 Mountsberg Conservation Area
Email: mtsberg@hrca.on.ca
Phone: 905-854-2276 ext. 3300
Office Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Address: 2259 Milburough Line, Campbelville, ON L0P 1B0

Reservations
Reservations are required for guided group tours. Call 905-854-2276 ext.3300 to book your guided trip.

Contact the reservation line for bird of prey show times and group discounts.

Picnic tables are available on a first-come first-serve basis near the reservoir and parking lots, or a larger facility is available for rental near the Mountsberg Sugar Bush.

Entrance Fees
Please call for group rates

Hours of Operation
March 27 – October 10 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
October 11 – March 26 from 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Scenic Views and Wagon Rides:Terra Cotta Conservation Area, Halton Hills

Visit the beautiful Credit Valley watershed with a guided walk through the Terra Cotta Conservation Area and presentation about the protection of watersheds and water resources, followed by a tractor-drawn wagon ride to a picnic pavilion.

About this Trip

This destination is suitable for groups of children.

Visit the beautiful Credit Valley watershed with a guided walk through the Terra Cotta Conservation Area and presentation about the protection of watersheds and water resources, followed by a tractor-drawn wagon ride to a picnic pavilion.

Terra Cotta Conservation Area is home to one of Ontario’s most beautiful natural landscapes, and with accessible trails and walkways. Home to many unique species of plants and animals, Terra Cotta is a beautiful place to see, experience, and learn about nature, water and our environment.

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Suggested Itinerary

Departure
Plan to arrive at Terra Cotta between 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Terra Cotta is located about an hour and fifteen minutes from Toronto, and less than 30 minutes from Brampton. We suggest hiring a tour bus for the day. This destination is ideal for groups of children

Arrival
Terra Cotta is located at 14452 Winston Churchill Boulevard, Halton Hills, ON L0P 1N0 and is not accessible by public transit. Parking is included in the price of admission and is available on site.

Morning Activities
Begin the day with an introduction to Terra Cotta from an expert guide and learn about the restoration work done over the past 20 years that has re-naturalized this area. The guide will take the group on a walk past incredible views of the Conservation Area’s special features.

Lunch
After the walk, a tractor-drawn wagon will take the group deeper into the Conservation Area and end at a picnic pavilion for lunch. A barbeque is available for rent.

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Contacts, Fees & Reservations

Contacts
Web:
 Terra Cotta Conservation Area
Email: shawn.verge@cvc.ca
Phone: Call Shawn to book your guided trip 905-877-1120
Address: 14452 Winston Churchill Boulevard, Halton Hills, ON L0P 1N0

Reservations
Reservations are required. A special group rate has been established for the Into the Greenbelt program. Reservations are required. Call Shawn Verge, 905-877-6950 or shawn.verge@cvc.ca to book your guided trip.

Entrance Fees
Please consult the 2019 Fee Schedule

Hours of Operation
Spring (Apr 23 – May 13) from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Summer (May 14 – Sep 5) from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fall (Sep 6 – Oct 23) from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Winter (Jan 1 – Mar 31) from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Off-season (Oct-Dec, Apr) open during daylight hours

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Nature Walks and Picnic:Kortright Centre for Conservation, Vaughan

About this Trip

This destination is suitable for groups of children.

Enjoy a presentation about Ontario’s wildlife, followed by a 45-minute interactive nature walk and the chance to see the plants and animals living in the woodlands. A picnic in a shady rest area and outdoor games follow the walk.

Canada’s premier environmental and renewable energy education centre, the Kortright Centre for Conservation sits on 555 acres of pristine woodlands and is a natural oasis to experience nature. This trip includes a presentation about Ontario’s wildlife, hands-on learnings and life-like animal models. An easy 45-minute nature walk takes visitors through woodlands, and wetland with a stop to tour a sustainable model house.LINE.png

Suggested Itinerary

Departure
Select a meeting destination for your group and plan to arrive at the Kortright Centre at 10 a.m. The Kortright Centre is located 45 mins from Toronto, and 30 minutes from both Brampton and Markham. We suggest hiring a tour bus for the day.

Arrival
Kortright Centre is located at 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Vaughan ON, L4L 1A6 and is not accessible by public transit. Parking is included in the price of admission and is available on site.

Morning Activities 
Begin the day with a presentation from one of Kortright’s experts about Ontario’s wildlife. This presentation includes hands-on engagement, providing participants with opportunities to touch real animal fur, and view life-like models of animals that inhabit the property. On an easy 45-minute interactive nature walk, participants will learn interesting facts and stories about local trees, plants and wildlife while travelling through mature forests, grassy meadows and visiting a pond. The Archetype Sustainable House is your next destination. Participants view this state-of-the-art house to learn about the latest technologies making homes cleaner and safer for the environment and actions you can take to increase the sustainability of your own home.

Lunch
After the tour, enjoy a lunch in a sheltered picnic area. Barbeques are not provided, but you are welcome to bring a charcoal barbeque with you for your group to use.

Afternoon Activities
Relax, play games and explore this beautiful property. Visit the gift shop before leaving to browse Canadian souvenirs, maple syrup products, handcrafted First Nations items, and Kortright Centre honey.

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Contacts, Fees & Reservations

Contacts
Web:
 www.kortright.org
Email: info@kortright.org
Phone:  (905) 832-2289
Office Hours: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Address: 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Vaughan, ON L4L 1A6

Reservations
Reservations are required for all guided programs.  Call (416) 667-6295 ext. 3 to book your trip and tour.

Entrance Fees
Admission for the guided tour is $8.50 per person, with a minimum of 20 participants required.

Hours of Operation
Open 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. every day. The Kortright Center is closed from just before Christmas to just after New Year every year and has extended hours during Maple Syrup festival in March.

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Countryside Berry or Pumpkin Picking: Ressor's Farm Market

About this Trip

This destination is suitable for groups of children.

Early summer is a great time to pick-your-own strawberries at Ressor’s Farm Market!  Visit this family-owned market to enjoy a day of strawberry picking and browsing the stands of fresh Ontario produce and delicious baked good!   This market also offers pick-your-own pumpkins in the Fall along with a challenging corn maze the entire family will enjoy.

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Suggested Itinerary

Departure

Plan to arrive at the market between 10 am and 11:30 am.  Ressor’s Farm Market is located approximately 45 minutes from downtown Toronto.  Follow the signs for entrances to the pick-your-own strawberry and pumpkin fields.  Depending on the size of your group, we suggest you hire a bus for the day.

Arrival

Ressor’s Farm Market is located at 10825 9th Line, Markham, ON,  L6B 1A8. Free parking is available on site.

Morning Activities 

Begin the day in the fields picking your own produce and enjoying Markham’s countryside.  Strawberries are available from late June until early July and pumpkins are available throughout October. Please call 905-640-4568 for daily picking conditions and to inquire about family or group field admission discount rates.

Lunch

After a morning in the fields, enjoy a packed picnic lunch under the shade of the trees.  Portable washrooms and hand-washing stations are located on site.

Afternoon Activities

After lunch heads inside the farm market and browse the stands of fresh produce, homemade baked goods, frozen meats and local preserves.

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Contacts, Fees & Reservations

Contacts
Web: 
ressors.ca
Email: reesors.info@gmail.com
Phone: 905-640-4568
Address: 10825 9th Line, Markham, ON,  L6B 1A8

Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Call ahead to book your trip and for daily pick-your-own conditions.

Entrance Fees

Admission is completely free – make sure to bring your own pails or containers for your strawberries or you can purchase them at the farm entrance. Pick-your-own admission cards can be purchased at the fields.  

Debit\Visa\Master Card and cash accepted.

Hours of Operation

Ressor’s Farm Market is open seasonally from late June until October 31st.

Monday to Saturday – 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

A Scenic Hike to the Beach: Rouge National Urban Park

About this Trip

Take a guided walk in Canada’s first National Urban Park through a peaceful trail then settle in at Rouge Beach for a picnic on the sandy shores with views of the lake and marsh.

Rouge National Urban Park (RNUP) is the first of its kind in Canada. RNUP is home to an amazing combination of nature, history and agriculture. The park features 1,700 species of plants and animals, 10,000 years of human history and some of the rarest and best remaining wetlands, forests and agricultural lands in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Suggested Itinerary

Departure
Select a meeting destination for your group and plan to arrive at Rouge National Urban Park between 10 - 11 a.m. The Parks Canada Zoo Road Welcome Area is located about 45 minutes from downtown Toronto and Markham. We suggest arriving by public transit or hopping on a bus from downtown Toronto with Parkbus.

Parkbus, a local bus company which connects city dwellers to National and Provincial Parks in Canada! Please check their website for the most up to date departure information for buses going from downtown Toronto to Rouge National Urban Park.

Arrival
The Parks Canada Zoo Road Welcome Area is located off Meadowvale Road on Zoo Road. Paid and free parking is available all year round, but please call for the most current parking information.

*Make sure to check the map at the bottom of this page as the address is not always correctly interpreted by GPS units.

Morning Activities 
Begin the day at the Parks Canada visitor welcome area and learn about Rouge National Urban Park and other Parks Canada sites across the country. Parks Canada staff have colouring sheets and kids activity booklets to give out – so definitely stop by and say hello. Next, enjoy a self-guided 3.5km hike through a meadow followed by scenes of the forest, river and wetlands. You may even spot a turtle basking on a log! Trail maps are available at the visitor centre.

Lunch
Depending on how adventurous you are, you may like to hike to Rouge Beach via the Vista Trail and Mast Trail for a picnic or barbecue. You may also access Rouge Beach via car or public transit.

Afternoon Activities
After lunch at the beach, enjoy a swim, relax on the sandy shores of Lake Ontario beach and take in the scenic views of the largest marsh in Toronto.

Please note that lifeguards are on duty in the summer months at selected times only.

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Contacts, Fees & Reservations

Contacts
Web:
 parkscanada.gc.ca/rouge
Email: rouge@pc.gc.ca
Phone: 416-264-2020

Office Hours:

Zoo Road Welcome Area 2018 Hours of Operation:

Spring: (Fri May 18-Mon June 11) Wed-Sun 9:00am - 5:30pm

Summer: (Tues June 12 - Mon Sept 3) 7 days a week  9:00am - 6:00pm

Fall: (Wed Sept 5-Sun Oct 28) Wed-Sun 9:00 am -6:00 pm

Reservations
Reservations are not required, but if you have questions about enjoying the park with a larger group, please call 416-264-2020.

Entrance Fees
Admission to the park is free.

Hours of Operation
The Park is open 7 days a week, all day. Visitor centre hours vary, please call ahead.

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