The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority is continuing to monitor the latest COVID-19 developments and is taking precautions to keep our workplace safe for staff, visitors and partners across the watershed.
- All visitors must obtain a day pass or membership to use the forest. Note that day passes can be purchased online and printed at home, or through the self-serve kiosk at the Ganaraska Forest Centre gatehouse.
- Remember to practice social-distancing on the trails and in parking lots. A reminder that camping is not permitted on any GRCA properties.
- All GRCA buildings remain closed to the public, including the Ganaraska Forest Centre. Staff continue to operate through phone and email communications. Please see staff directory for a complete list of contact information.
Your patience, cooperation and support is appreciated during this time. Please continue to visit our website for updates. Stay safe.
Welcome to the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority
The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority's overall goal is the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources on a watershed basis while providing for the public enjoyment of the lands it oversees.
The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) was formed in October 1946 under the Conservation Authorities Act and is one of the oldest conservation authorities in Ontario.
The watersheds of the GRCA covers an area of 361 square miles from Wilmot Creek in Clarington to east of Cobourg from the south shore of Rice Lake down to Lake Ontario. This area includes seven municipalities in whole or in part: Township of Cavan Monaghan, Town of Cobourg, Township of Alnwick/Haldimand, Township of Hamilton, Municipality of Port Hope, City of Kawartha Lakes, Municipality of Clarington.
Please be advised, the following trails will be closed in the Ganaraska Forest due to harvesting: CF27, CF28, CF29, CF17, CF18, CF19, EF18-22 Please use caution when around these areas. Thank you for your understanding!Read More
Please be advised that due to harvesting, all trails in the red areas on the attached maps will be closed for recreational use effective immediately. Forest roads in the vicinity will remain open however users should exercise caution when approaching these areas. Please check our social media and website for updates on reopening. Thank you…Read More
For Immediate Release, August 11, 2021, Ganaraska Conservation Authority – Did you know that the Ganaraska Conservation Authority is one of the oldest in Ontario, established in 1946? Do you recall when the Ganaraska Forest was being planted in the late 1940s? Did you experience past floods and Hurricane Hazel in 1954? Maybe you have memories from a past school trip? The GRCA wants to hear your stories! To celebrate…Read More
The GRCA monitoring network has recorded above average rainfall over the past 30 days, and the watersheds in the Ganaraska Region have recovered to normal conditions as a result. A lack of rainfall in May and early June led to the declaration of a Level 1 Low Water Condition on June 6th, however since the…Read More