Ever thought about escaping to a place that’s green and serene? The Niagara greenbelt is one such treasure trove that surprises you with its natural wonders and authentic experiences. In 2005, the government decided to establish a provincial greenbelt in Ontario extending through various territories including Tobermory, Rice Lake in Northumberland County and the Niagara River. Stretching through 1.8 million acres of protected land, the greenbelt also encompasses the environmentally rich Niagara region.
As is the case with the entire greenbelt, the initiative in the Niagara region preserves environmentally sensitive forests, farmlands, wetlands and promotes farmers’ interests resulting in clean water, air purity, healthy local produce and a flourishing economy. Additionally, sustainable methods of tourism are encouraged with alternative destinations and diverse forms of recreation. The Niagara is one of the specialty crop regions in the greenbelt. Pears, cherries, plums and peaches are of some of the wonderful bounty produced here. The region is also famous for its grapes and the wineries that dot several parts of the greenbelt.
The Niagara greenbelt offers amazing opportunities to explore its forest trails, rustic routes, agricultural spots and wineries. Breathe in the fresh air and soak in the spectacular scenery of the region! Hiking, cycling and touring are the best ways to discover the richness of the greenbelt.
Walking on the several marked trails in the Niagara Greenbelt area is very soothing to the senses. For example, the Bruce Trail which is the only path to provide people a continuous access to the Niagara Escarpment is a very scenic route. It is the oldest and longest path with 890 kms of marked central trail. There are many lovely sights like waterfalls, streams and forested areas at this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Beamer Falls Access Trail, Niagara Glen Trails, Niagara River Recreation Trail and innumerable other trails acquaint you with the geology, natural wonders and the biodiversity of the region.
An increasingly popular way to explore the Niagara Greenbelt is through cycling. Pedal away on the Niagara Parkway route where both adults and children can cycle safely. Along with wonderful views of the pretty countryside, you can get access to washrooms, free picnic facilities and more. The Campden Fly-by Bicycling Route takes you through rural roads and wineries. There’s a pick-your-own fruit farm located on this route. There are plenty of other cycling routes as well to quench your wanderlust.
There are many self-guided as well as escorted tours available to explore the Niagara greenbelt. Go for a parks’ tour–the Chippawa Creek Conservation Area Park has large picnic areas and a lake where you can go boating, swimming and fishing. Check out Queen Victoria Park which has an amazing view of the Niagara Falls. Have fun on a wine tour in the beautiful town of Niagara-on-the-Lake with its many wineries where you can taste wines and go on walking tours of the vineyards.
Take a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of your daily life. Explore the Niagara greenbelt–it will surely rejuvenate you!
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