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.

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) and Ganaraska Forest Centre (GFC) will be closed on Thanksgiving Monday. Both locations will reopen on Tuesday, October 9th at 8:30 a.m.

Planning a visit to the Ganaraska Forest? All recreational users must obtain a day pass or membership. Please visit one of our remote locations or use the self-serve option at the GFC Gatehouse.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Notice to Ganaraska Forest Users

Please note that all trails are closed in blocks 114 & 137 for logging. Be cautious and safe when using the forest, and stay clear of all harvesting machinery.

A reminder that no open fires are permitted in the forest at any time and off-road vehicles must be equipped with spark arrestors. Should a fire be seen in the forest call 911 immediately and attempt to give an accurate location of the fire.

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It’s Time to Get Outside and Get Active!

With summer officially upon us, we’ve all been enjoying the sun on our faces as much as we can, and dreaming of what our plans will be for those long awaited vacation days. Maybe I’ll take my family for a day of Treetop Trekking in the Ganaraska Forest? Or perhaps hike through one of nearly…

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Give the Gift of Nature to Your Child This Summer

With summer in full swing, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) invites local parents to give the gift of nature and outdoor education to their children. Would your child know what to do if he/she were lost in a forest? Would they know how to identify poison ivy? Is your child curious about the natural…

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