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.

  • The Ganaraska Forest remains open to all recreational uses with the exception of motorized-use, which is closed until May 1 2021.
  • All visitors must obtain a day pass or membership to use the forest. Note that day passes must be purchased online and printed at home.
  • Ski and snowshoe rentals are not be available for the 20/21 season. When the ski trails are open, hikers, dog walkers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and snowshoers are not permitted on the ski trail system.
  • Dogs must be kept on-leash on GRCA properties, including ALL sections of the Ganaraska Forest.
  • 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.

Cross-Country Ski Trail Update

  • All trails are open
  • Conditions: Icy
  • Grooming: Last groomed and track-set on February 25th

See trail map here

Grooming Definitions
Packed: Snowmobile driven over fresh snow to pack down, creating a base for the groomer to operate on once the trail surface has hardened
Groomed: Snow groomed to a flat snow surface.
Track-Set: Ski grooves cut into flat groomed snow surface.

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.

Latest News

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Prepares for Gypsy Moth in 2021

In 2020, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) staff discovered that the East Forest of the Ganaraska Forest was almost completely defoliated by Gypsy Moth. This area of the Forest is known for its oak stands, including its ability for growing White Oak; a species which occurs less commonly throughout the other sections of the Forest.…

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Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Virtually Celebrates 74 Years in Service at Annual General Meeting

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) held their 74th Annual General Meeting via Zoom on Thursday, February 18th. Jeff Lees with the Municipality of Port Hope was re-elected as Chair of your local Conservation Authority; while Mark Lovshin with Hamilton Township will remain the Vice Chair. The election was officiated by Mr. Glenn Tozer of…

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Updated Lake Ontario Shoreline Management Plan Completed

In 1990, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA), 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. Shorelines are forever changing, and the 1990 Plan required updating to reflect these changes. So, in 2018, Zuzek Inc. was…

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Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s Nature Nuts School Re-Opens Under New Covid-19 Protocols

Are you feeling stressed about your child returning to school? Concerned about how they’ll cope in a large class setting under the new government guidelines? The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is pleased to continue offering a program which will reduce stresses for both you and your child, while providing technical and educational expertise to…

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