Welcome to the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority

Effective Immediately

Attention: Ganaraska Forest, Ganaraska Forest Centre and all Conservation Areas are CLOSED!

The weather system that swept through Southern Ontario on Saturday afternoon has resulted in significant damage to trees in the Ganaraska Forest and road closures due to downed hydro lines at the Ganaraska Forest Centre. As a result, the Ganaraska Forest, Ganaraska Forest Centre and all Conservation Areas have been closed while staff evaluate the damage.

The GRCA is asking for people to PLEASE stay away from the area. Utilities and Municipalities are working hard to restore infrastructure to the local communities.

Updates will be provided as they become available. Your understanding and patience is appreciated!

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.


2022 Ganaraska Forest Spring Update

Spring is an exciting time at Ganaraska Forest. New life is everywhere and it is the perfect time of year to enjoy the Forest all to yourself. A quiet hike along one of over 600 kms worth of trail will make you feel like you are truly in wilderness.

Did you know?

  • The Forest is now open to hiking, hunting & motorized use. 
  • Effective May 1, 2022, Noone’s Petro Canada and Sandaraska Park will no longer be selling Ganaraska Forest Memberships or Day Passes. The GRCA thanks these remote sales locations for their support over the years.
  • GRCA is phasing out the plastic membership card system in favour of a QR Code system. Forest Users will be responsible to display the QC code on the dash of their parked highway vehicle and carry their QR code on their person to present to Enforcement Officers upon request.
  • Ganaraska Forest Memberships and Day Passes are available for purchase from shop.ganaraskaconservation.ca
  • Passes can be purchased from Ganaraska Forest Centre Kiosk which is located at 10585 Cold Springs Camp Road. Please remember you can not unload at this location.
  • The collection of mushrooms, wild leaks, fiddlehead and all other types of vegetation is prohibited at the Ganaraska Forest.
  • All ponds, wetlands, creeks, and muddy areas are off limits to all Forest users. These areas are regulated as environmentally sensitive and are protected by the GRCA.
  • BBQ’s, campfires, and camp stoves are prohibited for use at the Ganaraska Forest.
  • Electric assist bicycles are prohibited for use within the Central Forest.

Orange Trail - In response to unsafe conditions on a section of the orange trail, a temporary bypass trail has been installed which routes trail users around the precarious section. This section will remain closed for the remainder of the season. GRCA asks that trail users adhere to all signage and stay on the by-pass trail.

Effective as of December 16, 2021, due to logging operations, the Blue Trail is closed to all Forest Users GRCA Staff will not be maintaining the Blue Trail until logging has been completed. For your safety, please adhere to signage and avoid this area.

The Ganaraska Forest is regulated under the Conservation Authorities Act, Regulation 105 Ganaraska Region.  GRCA Provincial Offences Officers and Police regularly patrol and enforce property and provincial rules.  The GRCA encourages all visitors to become familiar with all Ganaraska Forest Rules & Guidelines and provincial regulations prior to visiting the Ganaraska Forest.


Registration for Nature Nuts Summer Camp 2022 is now OPEN!! Click HERE for more details!


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