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.
Winter Recreation at the Ganaraska Forest
Come and enjoy some of the most picturesque, groomed cross-country ski trails in Ontario. Venture out from the Ganaraska Forest Centre onto more than 35 kilometers of groomed and track-set ski trails.
Our trails meander through pine and hardwood forest, offering a challenge to skiers of varying ability levels.
For snowshoe enthusiasts, the Ganaraska Forest provides two trails: a short 2.5 kilometer loop and a longer 8 kilometer loop.
Cross country ski and snowshoeing day passes are available at shopganaraska.ca or at the Ganaraska Forest Centre gatehouse kiosk. A cross country ski membership can also be purchased a shopganaraska.ca
New for 2022!
A new, short loop ski trail is available close to the Ganaraska Forest Centre. This 1.5 kilometer trail loops from and terminates at the Ganaraska Forest Centre trailhead next to the parking lot. If you are new to cross country skiing or just need to warm up before or cool down after a long ski, GRCA staff encourage you to try out this new trail.
As a reminder, all snowmobiles require valid Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club trail pass to access the OFSC network. For information on OFSC trail status please refer to the OFSC trail guide OFSC Public (evtrails.com)
GRCA staff hope to see you on the trails this winter. Have fun and stay safe!
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. Staff will be maintaining all other ski trails during this closure.
To provide optimal tail conditions and to avoid trail base degradation, cross country ski trails are now exclusive to cross country ski use only from January 1 until March 31. No other forest use is permitted during this period of the year on the ski trails, regardless of trail status.
Cross Country Ski Trail Conditions
As of January 19, 2022, The Yellow Trail is packed, however the trail condition is less than ideal.
The Orange Trail and Beginner Trails have fresh snow.
Snowshoe/hiking trails are open, however the snow is deep, so please use caution.
The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) held their 72nd Annual General Meeting in Port Hope on Thursday, February 21st. Jeff Lees, with The Municipality of Port Hope was elected as Chair of the Conservation Authority. As well, Mark Lovshin with Hamilton Township was elected to Vice Chair. The election was officiated by Mr. Glen Tozer…Read More
The long days of winter will soon be behind us. While we anticipate those warm and sunny days, let’s not forget about local events and activities you can take part in now. Give your child the gift of nature with a week at Nature Nuts March Break Camp! The camp is designed, planned and delivered…Read More
While many of us enjoy outdoor activities in the winter, it’s important to know about the natural hazards we could encounter. Activities like ice fishing, pond hockey and hiking along stream side trails can be perfectly safe while everything is good and frozen, but even the slightest rise in temperature could change this dramatically. In…Read More
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…Read More