September 11, 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.
- Ahead of the peak salmon migration, and in an effort to continue to keep our watershed safe, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority will be closing Ganaraska Millennium, Port Hope, Sylvan Glen and Thurne Parks Conservation Areas. These conservation areas will be closed August 28th through to October 1st. All other conservation areas are currently open. 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.
- Ganaraska Millennium Conservation Area is now a one-way trail: head right upon entry to the trailhead.
- Ganaraska Forest is open to all recreational activities. Please see: IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL RECREATIONAL USERS
- 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 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.
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. Shorelines are forever changing, and the 1990 Plan required updating to reflect these changes. Zuzek Incorporated, out of Waterdown…Read More
Thanks to the determination of over 200 property owners, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) staff, Pineneedle Farms and Brinkman Reforestation Ltd., over 73,000 trees were distributed and planted throughout the GRCA and its member municipalities. “The distribution of tree and shrub stock, and the planting of them, worked well under a social distancing protocol.” said…Read More
Last week the Province announced the opening of provincial parks and conservation reserves; causing some confusion amongst the public between reserves and conservation areas. Conservation reserves fall under provincial-mandate, while conservation areas full under conservation authorities. Prior to the announcement, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) began working on a plan to ensure a safe…Read More
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) has had to temporarily layoff some of its full and part-time staff, as well as reduce hours of those full-time staff still providing essential services. These cuts, affecting over 50% of GRCA staff, have been in place since Monday, April 27th. The GRCA operates…Read More