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, a weekend canteen, and 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.
NOTE: Ganaraska Forest memberships and day passes are no longer available for purchase from Ganaraska Leathercraft.

Notice to Ganaraska Forest Users

With the extremely warm dry weather conditions experienced over the last several days we ask that forest users exercise caution when using the Ganaraska Forest. No open fires are permitted in the forest at any time and off-road vehicles must be equipped with spark arrestors. Should a fire be seen in the forest call 911 immediately and attempt to give an accurate location of the fire.

Keep an eye out harvest operations beginning in August 2018.

The Road Less Travelled Trading Post (formerly the GFC Canteen) is now open Saturdays and Sundays 8:00am - 3:00pm. Stop by to say Hi!

Honda Canada has generously supplied Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority / Ganaraska Forest Centre staff with ATVs for several years. Without these all-terrain vehicles, staff would be unable to maintain and explore the 11,000 acre Ganaraska Forest (and 400 kms of trails) the way that they do. Thank you for your support, Honda! Let's all support Honda Canada by participating in their summer 2018 contest!

Check out the exciting contest from our Sponsor Honda Canada! Enter for a chance to win a 2018 Rebel here. Bonus! Get an extra entry for opting in to receive emails from Honda Canada