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.

NOTICE TO GANARASKA FOREST USERS

Trail Closures
The Ganaraska Forest timber harvest season opens on August 1st 2019. 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!

All trails leading up Lookout Hill are closed to motorized users until further notice. The location had already been closed for many years, and despite signage, the use continued, resulting in further erosion. New signage has been erected and the area will be enforced.

Please be aware that trail maintenance is scheduled in the West Forest for the month of September to address whoops, erosion and banked corners. Signage will be put into place, but the GRCA urges users to be cautious on all trails, especially on hills and corners. Heavy equipment will restrict access to some trails. Please yield to all machinery and be aware that the operator may not be able to see you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact GRCA's Forest Recreation Technician, Ed Van Osch - 905.885.8173 ext 325

Stay on the Trails!
Poison Ivy is very prevalent on the Ganaraska Forest recreation trails. A good rule of thumb is: Leaves of Three? Let them be. If you think you have been exposed to the toxic oils, there are showers in the washroom facilities located across from the gymnasium at the Ganaraska Forest Centre.

Latest News

Surprise Your Loved One with a Gift that Lasts a Lifetime

With over 40,000 tree and shrub seedlings being planted throughout local watersheds in the 2017 Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) tree planting season, the GRCA is encouraging landowners to think about tree planting for 2018 this winter. Trees add to the watersheds ecosystems by increasing connectivity and providing for wildlife habitat, but also increase the…

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Holiday Gift Giving with the GRCA

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) has some unique gift giving ideas to help you get prepared for the holiday season. Does your special someone love the great outdoors? The Ganaraska Forest is an outstanding outdoor recreation venue. Both day passes and annual memberships are available for the 11,000+ acre multi-use forest which offers hundreds…

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Summer Employment at GRCA – Maintaining our Watershed

My name is Mitchell Dwyer and I am a Fleming College student who has just completed my summer internship at the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) as an Assistant Water Resource Technician. My internship at the GRCA provided me with a vast amount of knowledge, skill and self-confidence as I worked with many different people…

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New Orono Park permeable walkway is a great example of low impact, environmentally friendly development

A newly-installed permeable walkway in Orono Park, also known as Buttercup Hollow, showcases a progressive approach to minimize the impact of development on the environment, allowing for groundwater recharge. The walkway was built in partnership with the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA), the Municipality of Clarington, Lafarge Canada, Van de Bor Paving and Enbridge Inc.…

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