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The Greenbelt

Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure

This beautiful coffee-table book is a portrait of Ontario’s Greenbelt and the people who nurture it. Stretching from the Niagara Peninsula to Tobermory and Rice Lake—with farmland, forests, and watersheds—the Greenbelt is the largest protected peri-urban urban green space in the world. To be published 12 years after the Greenbelt was founded, The Greenbelt is bursting with gorgeous photography that will inspire and delight anyone who has walked its trails, driven its roads, or tasted its fresh bounty. Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Greenbelt Foundation and one of the key players in the protection of its natural beauty, tells the story of how the Greenbelt was established, including interviews with former Ontario premiers Dalton McGuinty, Mike Harris, and Bill Davis. The book also celebrates the people who live in the Greenbelt—artists, farmers, entrepreneurs, cyclists, mountain climbers, and so many others who have been enriched by what makes us quintessentially Canadian: our land. Anyone who appreciates the beauty of Ontario, and especially the allure of its farms and hamlets, waterfalls and caves, fields and trails, will find this book an essential and compelling read.

book specs

10” x 7.5”


$29.95 (Paperback)


978-1-988025-16-2 (Paperback)

release date

April 18, 2017

media contact

Sarah Barlow



April 6th, 2018

Congratulations! The Greenbelt has won a silver medal in this year’s IBPA Ben Franklin Awards. The honour was announced Friday night at the annual Independent Book Publishers Association convention in Austin, Texas.

March 19th, 2018

Great news! The Greenbelt is a finalist in a big U.S. competition held by the IBPA — the Independent Book Publishers Association. Our book made it to the final circle of 3 in a competition that typically attracts 100 entries for each category. The winner of the IBPA Ben Franklin Award will be announced on April 6, 2018.

My hat’s off to Burkhard … This book shows what fans of the Greenbelt have known for many years: the work of environmental protection can have enduring substance and be sexy at the same time.

Sarah HarmerMusician

This remarkable book tells the Greenbelt’s story through the eyes of its exceptional people and with beautiful photography. Burkhard has created a gem.

David CrombieFormer Mayor of Toronto

A terrific story about the history and the characters involved in the creation of the Greenbelt. As Ontarians, our lives and the lives of future generations are forever indebted to these visionaries.

Sonja SmitsActress, vineyard owner, farmer’s daughter

Congratulations to Burkhard Mausberg, who has brought all the Greenbelt voices together, singing in harmony to create this wonderful book.

Jamie Kennedy, C.M.Chef

A beautiful book that illustrates the real power of the greatest Greenbelt in the world.

Dalton McGuintyFormer Ontario Premier

The book captures the history of Ontario’s Greenbelt very well. The beautiful photographs complement the great storytelling.

Bill DavisFormer Ontario Premier

Burkhard has done a great job in telling the stories of the fascinating people that make this Greenbelt so special.

Mike HarrisFormer Ontario Premier