Come and experience southern Ontario's largest forest. Located within an hour's drive of Toronto, straddling the Counties of Northumberland, Peterborough, Victoria and the Region of Durham, the Ganaraska Forest offers the best in outdoor recreation.
Today the forest is a living example of how the principles of integrated resource management can be used to balance many different uses of forested lands on a sustainable and ecologically sound basis. The forest is home to the Ganaraska Forest Outdoor Education Centre, a weekend canteen, and public washroom and shower facilities.
With hundreds of kilometres of trails, the Ganaraska Forest provides year-round opportunities for a variety of activities. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and nature appreciation are popular activities throughout the Forest. Motorized activities such as off-road motorcycle riding, ATVing and snowmobiling are permitted in the West Forest and East Forest only. The Central section of the Forest is maintained as a passive use area.
Day passes or annual permits are required to use the forest. Office hours are 8:30 am - 4:00 pm weekdays and the Gatehouse is open for sales on weekends from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Reminder: The Ganaraska Forest is closed to motorized use, with the exception of snowmobiling, December 1st through May 1st.
Trail Update: All cross-country ski and snowshoe trails are closed due to icy conditions. (January 11th 2017)
As of October 19th,
2016 the P4 parking lot on Wilcox Road in the west section of the forest will
be temporarily closed until further notice. Forest users are directed to park
at alternative lots such as P2 & P3 located 2km east of Hwy 115 off of
Boundary Road, or lot P6 located on Porter Road just south of Hwy 115. Questions
or concerns? Please contact Ganaraska Forest Recreation Technician, Steve
McMullen at 905.797.2721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.