Ganaraska Forest

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 memberships 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.

Did you know that you can now rent cross-country skis and snowshoes from the Ganaraska Forest Centre? Learn more here or call the Centre directly at 905.797.2721.

Ganaraska Forest Cross-Country Ski Trail Update (Feb 28 2018): Ski trails are closed until further notice due to a combination of mild temperatures, lack of snowfall and icy conditions.

For up-to-date conditions, please call the Ganaraska Forest Centre directly at 905.797.2721.

The GFC Canteen remains closed until further notice.

NOTE: Ganaraska Forest memberships and day passes are no longer available for purchase from Ganaraska Leathercraft.