A 'Premier' Greenbelt Event

    Dalton McGuinty kicks off first-ever Tour de Greenbelt

    TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty joins the Greenbelt
Foundation today to launch the first ever Tour de Greenbelt, a fresh air
festival on wheels exploring all that Ontario's Greenbelt has to offer -- 
fresh, local food, rural hospitality and fun recreation. Mountain Equipment
Co-op, Canada's leading outdoor retailer is the presenting sponsor of the
    This family-oriented cycling event, held over two weekends has four
distinct routes with visits to farms, farmers' markets, wineries and historic
sites. End-of-ride barbecues feature delicious, local Greenbelt food.
    Interest in the Tour has been unprecedented. Some rides are already sold
out and the others are filling up fast. "I want to thank all those who have
shown their support for healthy lifestyles, Ontario communities and cycling
clubs across Ontario by riding in the Tour de Greenbelt. This is a clear
message from the people of Ontario that they believe in the Greenbelt and what
it offers the province: local food, clean water, fresh air and great places to
visit," said Premier McGuinty.

    -   Saturday, September 20 - Rouge Valley: Starting and ending at the
        Toronto Zoo, the 8:30 a.m. kick off features Premier Dalton McGuinty,
        Raymond Cho, Chair of the Toronto Zoo and Burkhard Mausberg,
        President, Greenbelt Foundation. TVOKids' Enviro Girl will count down
        to the first ride!

    -   Sunday, September 21 - Newmarket to Lake Simcoe is SOLD OUT: Starting
        at York Region Headquarters at 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket and
        ending at The Briars' Resort.

    -   Saturday September 27 - Burlington to St. Catharines: Starting at the
        new Mountain Equipment Co-op store and ending at Henry of Pelham

    -   Sunday, September 28 - Niagara-on-the-Lake: Starting and ending at
        Frogpond Farm Winery

    "Ontario is home to the largest and most diverse Greenbelt in the world,"
said Burkhard Mausberg, President of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.
"What better way to experience this region of bountiful farmland, cultural
heritage and stunning natural beauty than by cycling, seeing and eating our
way through the Greenbelt on this 'fresh air festival on wheels?'"
    100% of Tour pledges will be donated to participating cycling clubs to
support safe and active cycling networks in southern Ontario, so people can
return again and again to cycle the bounty of the Greenbelt. Visit
www.TourdeGreenbelt.ca for more information. Possibility grows in the
Greenbelt. Wrapping around the Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt is 1.8 million
acres of potential to make Ontario, and the earth, a better place. The Friends
of the Greenbelt Foundation is a charitable organization established to
support the vitality of the Greenbelt.

For further information:

For further information: and promotional material, please visit
www.TourdeGreenbelt.ca, and contact: Danielle Pignataro, Communications
Director, Greenbelt Foundation at (416) 559-3934 (cell) or

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