Mayor Dave Barton was joined by the Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy, MPP Pickering-Uxbridge, Regional Chair John Henry, Deputy Mayor Willie Popp, Regional Councillor Gord Highet and volunteer Derek Connelly in thanking and welcoming the Greenbelt Foundation’s CEO, Edward McDonnell and Board member Rob Messervey.  Attendees enjoyed a spring hike through the picturesque trail system, pausing to enjoy the newly installed interpretive trail signs and learn more about the important natural heritage features of the region. 

“I love the new trail signs that help to educate our trail users about the importance of the Oak Ridges Moraine and the diverse ecosystem it supports. This partnership with the Greenbelt Foundation helps both residents and visitors to our community explore our trails and appreciate them. Thank you for the continued support to help make the Trail Capital of Canada more user-friendly and welcoming.”

Courtney Clarke, Parks and Trails Manager for the Township of Uxbridge added, “Visitors to Township Trails appreciate the new trail signage, informative posters enroute, and improved directional and parking signage. Improvements to the South Balsam Trail surface have made it much more attractive and user-friendly. We are grateful to the Greenbelt Foundation for their support of our local trail initiatives and to our trail volunteers who work so hard to maintain our trail system.”

“Improvements to Uxbridge’s trail system not only encourage active recreation, but also encourage residents to learn more about the natural heritage that surrounds them, such as the distinctive features of the Oak Ridges Moraine,” says Edward McDonnell, CEO of Greenbelt Foundation. “The Oak Ridges Moraine is an iconic and critically important natural feature of southern Ontario, and a unique ecological and geographical feature of the Greenbelt.”

The South Balsam Trail runs partially along Uxbridge Brook and is accessible to both strollers and wheelchairs. This perfect family walk offers benches for peaceful relaxation and access to a pond and children's playground. The Township’s extensive trail system is a central part of its identify and tourism strategy which also promotes wider experiences including local food and beverage culinary destinations.

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