Greenbelt Guide: Getting the most out of 2018 Easter Long Weekend!

Mar 29, 2018

During the Easter holiday take the time to get out in the Greenbelt to take part in maple syrup festivals, all while enjoying in-season local products.

Use this list to take advantage of all the options available: Buy Local Food | Find Local Food Recipes | Attend Maple Syrup Festivals | Explore the Great Outdoors

1. Buy in-season local food:

Fresh local produce - Visit a local farmers’ market or farm that is currently open.

Local meat - Buy local beef, lamb, turkey, and chicken. See full meat listing here.

Local spirits - Find the closest locally produced wine, beer, cider and spirits.

2. Need some meal ideas? Click on the meal idea for the recipe.

Breakfast: Try this recipe for dyeing eggs using onion peels.

Lunch: Whip-up beet, mushroom, or potato-leek soup.

Dinner: Want tender shredded beef? Try Gallery on the Farm’s recipe for beef shoulder, with a side of wintery vegetarian stew and side of oven roasted beets.

Dessert: Make an in-season carrot cake or apple crisp for Easter!

Find more in-season meal ideas here.

3. Sample the sweetest offerings of the season - Maple Syrup Festivals:

Horton Tree Farm in Stouffville

Island Lake Conservation Area in Orangeville

Mountsberg Conservation Area in Campbellville

White Meadows Farms in St. Catharines

4. Explore the Great Outdoors:

Durham Forest - At over 596 hectares and situated at the top of the Oak Ridges Moraine you can hike, ski, and explore to your hearts content.

York Region Forest - The York Region forest is 2,300 hectares of protected land and home to 100 kilometres of trails - explore it soon.

Credit Valley Conservation - With 11 Conservation Areas, there are tons of outdoor activity offerings waiting for you.

Conservation Halton - Want to share a breathtaking view with your kids? Take a hike up Mount Nemo to get an unmatched panoramic view of forests, rolling hills and even Toronto’s CN Tower.

Niagara Peninsula Conservation - The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority website lists recreational activities and breathtaking sights at its 30 Conservation Areas, from the scenic beauty of Twenty Valley to the operating flour mill at the Ball’s Falls conversation area.

– Andreea Nicoara

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