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March 27, 2020 Update: 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 conservation areas will remain closed.
  • Closure of the Ganaraska Forest, effective March 24, 2020, will continue until further notice.
  • All GRCA buildings remain closed to the public, including the Ganaraska Forest Centre and all public washrooms.
  • The Administration Office is closed to the public, while staff continue to operate through phone and email communications. Please see staff directory for a complete list of contact information.
  • GRCA's Planning & Regulations team is not accepting walk-in meetings, but is able to assist with electronic planning and permit submissions.

Your patience, cooperation and support is appreciated during this time. Please continue to visit our website for a list of cancellations and 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.

Heading to the Ganaraska Forest? Please keep up to date on trail closures when planning your visit.

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GRCA Postpones Annual Conservation Dinner Fundraiser to June 13th 2020

Originally scheduled for Saturday April 18th the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority is asking you to now mark your calendars for Saturday, June 13th, 2020 for the 31st Annual Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters/Ganaraska Forest Centre Conservation Dinner and Auction being held at the Cobourg Lion’s Community Centre. For 4 decades, the Ganaraska Region Conservation…

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Lake Ontario Shoreline Hazards Management Plan Update: Phase 3 – Call for Comments

In 1990, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, in partnership with Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority and Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority, completed a Shoreline Management Plan for the Lake Ontario shoreline to guide shoreline management within their respective jurisdictions. Shoreline management combines knowledge and understanding of water impacts such as wave uprush, sediment movement, and flooding with land…

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Tree Planting is Alive and Well in the Ganaraska Region

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is making it even easier for residents to plant native trees and shrubs in 2020 through various partnership with member municipalities and organizations. Here are the multiple ways you can participate. Are you interested in planting trees along your property line next to municipal roads? Is your property in…

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Is it raining or snowing today? Should I wear rubber boots or my down parka?

Either way, we should accept it and just get outside. Today’s ever-changing weather presents a challenge for preparing oneself and others to enjoy the winter months. As an outdoor educator for the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA), I have caught myself one too many times putting my rubber boots away in December, only to have…

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