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 visitors must obtain a day pass or membership to use the forest. Note that day passes can be purchased online and printed at home, or through the self-serve kiosk at the Ganaraska Forest Centre gatehouse.
  • 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.

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

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Launches “Community Stories: Sharing our Watershed History”

For Immediate Release, August 11, 2021, Ganaraska Conservation Authority – Did you know that the Ganaraska Conservation Authority is one of the oldest in Ontario, established in 1946? Do you recall when the Ganaraska Forest was being planted in the late 1940s? Did you experience past floods and Hurricane Hazel in 1954? Maybe you have memories from a past school trip? The GRCA wants to hear your stories!  To celebrate…

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The GRCA monitoring network has recorded above average rainfall over the past 30 days, and the watersheds in the Ganaraska Region have recovered to normal conditions as a result. A lack of rainfall in May and early June led to the declaration of a Level 1 Low Water Condition on June 6th, however since the…

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Ganaraska Watershed – After an extremely dry month of May, the watersheds of the Ganaraska Region have entered a Level 1 low water condition.  As a result, the Ganaraska region Conservation Authority is asking residents and business’ to voluntarily reduce their water use. A lack of rainfall over the past three months has caused below…

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Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Reminds Residents To Take Caution Around Waterways This Spring

Spring will be here before we know it, enticing people to spend more time outdoors. The warmer temperatures also bring rain and melting snow and ice which can contribute to higher, faster flowing water in watercourses. The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is reminding residents of dangers that exist near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes…

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