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.


  • All visitors must obtain a day pass or membership to use the forest. Note that day passes can be purchased online and printed at home, or through the self-serve kiosk at the Ganaraska Forest Centre gatehouse.
  • 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.

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.

Latest News


October 4, 2021 – All trails will be closed in the areas in red on the map below. The arrows show truck travel routes. Please use caution when on these roads. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Please be advised that logging has been completed in the East Forest and trails have are open for use once again (blue area). Please exercise caution around Gilmour Rd and Beatty Ln (green circle) until the area has been cleaned up. Logging continues in the Central Forest (orange areas). All trails in these areas are…

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Please be advised, the following trails will be closed in the Ganaraska Forest due to harvesting: CF27, CF28, CF29, CF17, CF18, CF19, EF18-22 Please use caution when around these areas. Thank you for your understanding!

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Please be advised that due to harvesting, all trails in the red areas on the attached maps will be closed for recreational use effective immediately. Forest roads in the vicinity will remain open however users should exercise caution when approaching these areas. Please check our social media and website for updates on reopening. Thank you…

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