June 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 conservation areas are open to hiking as of May 22, 2020. Please note that Millennium Conservation Area is now a one-way trail: head right upon entry to the trailhead.
  • Ganaraska Forest to open in phases: Hiking - May 22, 2020; Non-motorized (horseback riding/mountain biking) - May 29; Motorized and all uses - June 5. Please see: IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL VISITORS
  • All GRCA buildings remain closed to the public, including the Ganaraska Forest Centre and all public washrooms.
  • 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.

Latest News

Municipality of Port Hope Closes Lands and Parks Along Ganaraska River Ahead of Fishing Season

In an effort to limit group gatherings as it relates to the opening of the trout fishing season, the Municipality of Port Hope Council authorized the closure of all lands and parks under ownership of the Municipality that border the Ganaraska River, effective April 22 until May 12, 2020. This includes Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s Port Hope,…

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GRCA Reminds Watershed Residents of Local Closures

The public is reminded that the Ganaraska Forest and all conservation areas in the Ganaraska watershed are closed to visitors until further notice. The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) are being optimistic that the current situation will be resolved if everyone starts following the advice of the Ministry of Health by staying home; however, for…

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GRCA Postpones Annual Conservation Dinner Fundraiser to April 10th 2021

Originally scheduled for Saturday April 18th the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority is asking you to now mark your calendars for Saturday, April 10th, 2021 for the 31st Annual Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters/Ganaraska Forest Centre Conservation Dinner and Auction being held at the Cobourg Lion’s Community Centre. For 4 decades, the Ganaraska Region Conservation…

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Lake Ontario Shoreline Hazards Management Plan Update: Phase 3 – Call for Comments

In 1990, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, in partnership with Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority and Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority, completed a Shoreline Management Plan for the Lake Ontario shoreline to guide shoreline management within their respective jurisdictions. Shoreline management combines knowledge and understanding of water impacts such as wave uprush, sediment movement, and flooding with land…

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