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.
- The Ganaraska Forest remains open to all recreational uses with the exception of motorized-use, which is closed until May 1 2021.
- All visitors must obtain a day pass or membership to use the forest. Note that day passes must be purchased online and printed at home.
- Ski and snowshoe rentals are not be available for the 20/21 season. When the ski trails are open, hikers, dog walkers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and snowshoers are not permitted on the ski trail system.
- Dogs must be kept on-leash on GRCA properties, including ALL sections of the Ganaraska Forest.
- 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.
Cross-Country Ski Trail Update
- All trails are open
- Conditions: Icy
- Grooming: Last groomed and track-set on February 25th
Packed: Snowmobile driven over fresh snow to pack down, creating a base for the groomer to operate on once the trail surface has hardened
Groomed: Snow groomed to a flat snow surface.
Track-Set: Ski grooves cut into flat groomed snow surface.
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.
In 2015, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) published its Strategic Plan – Vision 2020. The Plan documents its strategic organizational commitments and builds on its legacy of conservation and watershed managers, while charting a path forward over five years (2015-2020) and beyond. The Strategic Plan was created over two years and involved a comprehensive consultation…Read More
The environment needs your help. And the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is asking for your support. On November 5th 2020, the Ontario government tabled Bill 229 Protect, Support, and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), which includes Schedule 6 that proposes major changes to the Conservation Authorities Act that we all, including you, need to be concerned about. The GRCA…Read More
On November 5th 2020, the Ontario government tabled Bill 229 Protect, Support, and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), which includes Schedule 6 that proposes major changes to the Conservation Authorities Act that we all, including you, need to be concerned about. We are hoping to have your support by voicing your opinion and expressing your concerns to the Province and to your…Read More
Conservation Ontario (CO) recommends the Province repeal (remove) Schedule 6 which amends the Conservation Authorities Act and the Planning Act because the changes being proposed will create more red tape and higher costs for Ontario taxpayers as well as threaten the independent watershed-based approach used by conservation authorities (CAs) in land use planning. Read more…Read More