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, or purchase online.

NOTICE TO FOREST USERS

The Ganaraska Forest will open for all uses on May 1st. Spring arrived late this year and there has been multiple rain events in recent weeks. The trails are therefore quite wet and there may even be some ice left on the ground in shady areas. This means that trails are more prone to rutting and damage than they normally would be at this time of year. Please use trails in a manner that minimizes damage: avoid wet areas and reduce speed or if possible delay use of the forest until it has had a chance to dry up.

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.

HEADS UP FOR HARVESTING!

The Ganaraska Forest timber harvest season opens on August 1st. Keep your eyes out for active cut blocks and closed trails. Remember to stay clear of areas where harvesting is occurring - be cautious, be safe!

There will be 5 tenders for the 2019 harvest season, including:

West Forest – Red & White Pine – 44.9 ha
Central Forest – Red & White Pine – 31.9 ha
East Forest – Red & White Pine – 52.8 ha
West Forest – Spruce Row Thinning – 10.7 ha
West Forest – Hardwood – 19.9 ha

Tender openings will take place on Wednesday May 15, 2019. If you are interested in bidding, please email GRCA's Forester, Gus Saurer at gsaurer@grca.on.ca for tender packages.