December 1, 2020 Update: 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 GRCA conservation areas are closed for the season - meaning no winter maintenance. Visitors are using at own risk. Remember to practice social-distancing on the trails and in CA parking lots. A reminder that camping is not permitted in any GRCA conservation areas, and dogs must be kept on-leash.
- The Ganaraska Forest is closed to motorized-use until May 1 2021.
- Dogs must be kept on-leash in ALL sections of the Ganaraska Forest.
- All GRCA buildings remain closed to the public, including the Ganaraska Forest Centre..
- The Administration Office is closed to the public, while staff continue to operate through phone and email communications. Please see staff directory for a complete list of contact information.
- GRCA's Planning & Regulations team is not accepting walk-in meetings, but is able to assist with electronic planning and permit submissions.
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.
We have all felt the affects of the pandemic; but can you imagine being a bride and groom losing the opportunity to spend one of the most important days of their lives with their family and friends? The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is pleased to be able to offer those couples a chance to still…Read More
With over 73,000 tree and shrub seedlings being planted and distributed throughout local watersheds in the 2020 Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) tree planting season, the GRCA is encouraging landowners to think about tree planting for 2021 this fall. The trees will add to the watersheds ecosystems by increasing connectivity, providing for wildlife habitat, but…Read More
The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is heading into the next 4-week block of Nature Nuts School; a program which supports the Board of Education online learning requirements. GRCA is pleased to offer a safe and supervised space, with tutoring support to successfully fulfill student’s online learning programs. Students will complete the mandated 5 hours…Read More
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