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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, which includes a 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, and is where Treetop Trekking is located.

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, or passes and memberships can be purchased online.

NOTICE TO FOREST USERS

Trail Closures

Trails are closed for the season to motorized use, with the exception of snowmobiles. Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trails are for OFSC permitted snowmobiles only. Check with the OFSC for current trail conditions.

The Ganaraska Forest timber harvest season is still in operation. Keep your eyes out for active blocks and closed trails. Remember to stay clear of areas where harvesting is occurring - be cautious, be safe!

All trails leading up Lookout Hill remain closed while the Ganaraska Region CA and it’s partners continue to focus on site rehabilitation and erosion control. Thank you for your cooperation; all users are asked to please continue to refrain from accessing the area until further notice.

January 16, 2020: The Ganaraska Forest cross-country ski trails are closed due to icy conditions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact GRCA's Forest Recreation Technician Ed Van Osch or Forester Gus Saurer at 905.885.8173.

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Treetop Trekking Ganaraska

A seasonal aerial park in the Central section of the Ganaraska Forest
For more information call 905-797-2000
*Special rates for school groups participating in Ganaraska Forest Centre Outdoor Education programs*