The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority is continuing to monitor the latest COVID-19 developments and is taking precautions to keep our workplace safe for staff, visitors and partners across the watershed.

  • The Ganaraska Forest remains open to all recreational uses with the exception of motorized-use, which is closed until May 1 2021.
  • All visitors must obtain a day pass or membership to use the forest. Note that day passes must be purchased online and printed at home.
  • Ski and snowshoe rentals are not be available for the 20/21 season. When the ski trails are open, hikers, dog walkers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and snowshoers are not permitted on the ski trail system.
  • Dogs must be kept on-leash on GRCA properties, including ALL sections of the Ganaraska Forest.
  • Remember to practice social-distancing on the trails and in parking lots. A reminder that camping is not permitted on any GRCA properties.
  • All GRCA buildings remain closed to the public, including the Ganaraska Forest Centre. Staff continue to operate through phone and email communications. Please see staff directory for a complete list of contact information.

Your patience, cooperation and support is appreciated during this time. Please continue to visit our website for updates. Stay safe.

Cross-Country Ski Trail Update

  • All trails are open
  • Conditions: Icy
  • Grooming: Last groomed and track-set on February 25th

See trail map here

Grooming Definitions
Packed: Snowmobile driven over fresh snow to pack down, creating a base for the groomer to operate on once the trail surface has hardened
Groomed: Snow groomed to a flat snow surface.
Track-Set: Ski grooves cut into flat groomed snow surface.

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.

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Ganaraska Brings Back March Break Camp

Looking for fun and adventure this March Break (March 11-15)? Come and spend the week at Nature Nuts March Break Camp! The camp is designed, planned and delivered by Ganaraska Forest Centre Teachers, who are OCT-qualified (Ontario College of Teachers). Each day has a dedicated theme where campers will be immersed in a variety of…

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Skip Winter – Think Spring and Tree Planting

With over 40,000 tree and shrub seedlings being planted annually throughout local watersheds through the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) tree planting program, the GRCA is encouraging landowners to think about tree planting for 2019 this winter. Trees add to the watersheds ecosystem by increasing connectivity and providing for wildlife habitat, but also increase the…

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GRCA Releases 2019 Outdoor Adventure Events Calendar

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority invites you to get outside and join them at one (or more!) of the 2019 public events being offered across the Ganaraska watershed. First to take place is the ever popular Family Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Day on January 26th at the Ganaraska Forest Centre. Don’t miss out on this fun morning…

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