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.

Winter Recreation at the Ganaraska Forest


Come and enjoy some of the most picturesque, groomed cross-country ski trails in Ontario. Venture out from the Ganaraska Forest Centre onto more than 35 kilometers of groomed and track-set ski trails.

Our trails meander through pine and hardwood forest, offering a challenge to skiers of varying ability levels.

For snowshoe enthusiasts, the Ganaraska Forest provides two trails: a short 2.5 kilometer loop and a longer 8 kilometer loop.

Cross country ski and snowshoeing day passes are available at shopganaraska.ca or at the Ganaraska Forest Centre gatehouse kiosk. A cross country ski membership can also be purchased a shopganaraska.ca

New for 2022!

A new, short loop ski trail is available close to the Ganaraska Forest Centre. This 1.5 kilometer trail loops from and terminates at the Ganaraska Forest Centre trailhead next to the parking lot. If you are new to cross country skiing or just need to warm up before or cool down after a long ski, GRCA staff encourage you to try out this new trail.


As a reminder, all snowmobiles require valid Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club trail pass to access the OFSC network. For information on OFSC trail status please refer to the OFSC trail guide OFSC Public (evtrails.com)

GRCA staff hope to see you on the trails this winter. Have fun and stay safe!


Effective as of December 16, 2021, due to logging operations, the Blue Trail is closed to all Forest Users GRCA Staff will not be maintaining the Blue Trail until logging has been completed. For your safety, please adhere to signage and avoid this area. Staff will be maintaining all other ski trails during this closure.

To provide optimal tail conditions and to avoid trail base degradation, cross country ski trails are now exclusive to cross country ski use only from January 1 until March 31. No other forest use is permitted during this period of the year on the ski trails, regardless of trail status.

Cross Country Ski Trail Conditions

As of January 19, 2022, The Yellow Trail is packed, however the trail condition is less than ideal.

The Orange Trail and Beginner Trails have fresh snow.

Snowshoe/hiking trails are open, however the snow is deep, so please use caution.



Latest News


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…

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Please see attached updated maps of active logging areas and routes in the Ganaraska Forest. Red represents logging areas and orange represents logging routes. Please use caution when in the vicinity of these areas.

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Start Preparing for Spring Tree Planting this Fall with the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) will continue to offer trees and shrubs for sale, or for free during in 2022, and now is the time to start planning. Through various partnerships with member municipalities and organizations, there are the multiple…

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Please find updated harvest maps attached. A new operation has begun in the East Forest, in the area south of P5. Trails have been closed in this area and main roads have been flagged with caution tape to indicate the presence of logging equipment. West Forest operations remain the same. In the Central Forest, logging…

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