A Greenbelt Valentine

1 Aug

Roses are red, Valentines too, Our Greenbelt is green, So how about you?

The Golden Horseshoe, Ontario // Thinking of doing something romantic, healthy and green this Valentine’s Day? The Greenbelt has much to offer to help you express your amorous feelings. All the while enjoying the many tastes and wonders of the Greenbelt’s surrounding farms, communities and natural spaces.

by Donald Wiedman
for Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

Be it a candle lit dinner made from local foods, a quiet evening at home enjoying Ontario chocolates and wine, an overnight trip to a museum and B&B, or a day of exercise in the great outdoors… planning your Valentine’s Day with the Greenbelt in mind is a great way to show your love to your sweetheart, and take care of yourself and our living countryside… all at the same time!

If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, or anywhere from Niagara to Northumberland County, from Caledon to Tobermory, the Greenbelt is close to you – close enough for an easy, healthy, memorable and green Valentine’s Day experience.

Celebrate with Greenbelt wines & chocolates…

The chocolatiers and vintners of the Greenbelt are forever building on their international reputations for excellence. What better Valentine’s Day treat than a combination of the two “fruits” of their labour? Ask the helpful staff at your local LCBO or Vintages to recommend what Niagara Greenbelt wine goes best with your chocolate of choice. Walkers Chocolates have stores in Hamilton, Oakville and Burlington. Tel: (905) 333-4463, or visit http://www.walkerschocolates.ca

Thinking of lingerie?…

Dundurn Castle Museum in Hamilton is featuring “From the Knickers Up” a display of the corsets and petticoats of the nineteenth century. 610 York Blvd., Hamilton Tel: (905) 546-2872, or visit http://www.hamilton.ca/museums

Take care of yourself…

Treat yourself and your Valentine to a relaxing and romantic getaway. Situated in the rolling countryside of the Greenbelt’s Caledon Hills, the historic Millcroft Inn and Spa is a refreshing blend of rural serenity and hospitality. 55 John Street, Village of Alton-Caledon Tel: (800) 383-3976, or visit http://www.millcroft.com

Visit the Falls, and stay overnight…

The Schaferhof Niagara Bed and Breakfast combines romance with country quiet, and is just 25 minutes away from Niagara Falls – the most romantic natural wonder of the world. 2746 Moyer Street, R.R. #3, Fenwick Tel: (905) 562-4929, or visit http://www.schaferhofbb.com

Eat out, with local food and home made goodness…

Steamers Restaurant in Newcastle takes great care to offer local, nutrition-packed, healthy food. Steamers’ home made meals and baking will delight your taste buds and enlighten your senses. 28 King Avenue, Newcastle Tel: (905) 987-1961, or visit http://www.eatatsteamers.com

Get out and enjoy the day…

Located only 45 minutes north of the GTA, Island Lake Conservation Area offers ice fishing, heated ice huts and equipment rentals, skating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, ice surfing and a heated rest area. 673067 Hurontario Street, Orangeville Tel: (519) 941-6329, or visit http://www.creditvalleycons.com

Or just cuddle up and watch the winter winds blow…

Be sure to first visit the Dufferin County Museum to take in “Wind & Warmth – an exciting new whimsical exhibit on Quilts and Whirligigs.” Hwy 89 and Airport Road, Rosemont Tel: (877) 941-7787, or visit http://www.dufferinmuseum.com

And don’t forget dessert…

The Greenbelt brings us tasty produce, even in the middle of winter. For a truly “seasonal” Valentine’s Day dessert, the Foodland Ontario website http://www.foodland.gov.on.ca has a great recipe for winter squash brownies with chocolate swirl topping… yum!

Single? The Greenbelt offers things couples can’t do…

The Redstone River Luge Club offers a perfect “natural” outing for anyone who loves outdoor adventure. Their learn-to-luge daypass and naturally contoured luge track is the perfect day trip for those yet to find a soul mate… to talk them out of it! Haliburton, Ontario Tel: (705) 754-1873, or visit http://www.goLuge.com

There’s so much to see and do in the Greenbelt on Valentine’s Day and year ’round. It’s beautiful, bountiful, vibrant and environmentally diverse. Find more things to do in the Greenbelt in the winter, spring, summer and fall at Greenbelt.ca

Our Living Countryside – Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

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