All GRCA conservation areas including Ganaraska Millennium, Port Hope, Sylvan Glen and Thurne Parks Conservation Areas remain closed. Access for fishing from these areas is prohibited.

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 is open to only hiking and hunting now until May 1 2021. The spring wild turkey hunt is open April 25 - May 31.
  • 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.

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Province Tying Conservation Authorities Up in Red Tape –Repeal Schedule 6

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…

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Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Extending Ganaraska Forest Centre Pop-Up Weddings Through to May 2021

We have all felt the affects of the pandemic; but can you imagine being a bride and groom losing the opportunity to spend one of the most important days of their lives with their family and friends? The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is pleased to be able to offer those couples a chance to still…

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Skip Winter, Think Spring Tree Planting

With over 73,000 tree and shrub seedlings being planted and distributed throughout local watersheds in the 2020 Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) tree planting season, the GRCA is encouraging landowners to think about tree planting for 2021 this fall. The trees will add to the watersheds ecosystems by increasing connectivity, providing for wildlife habitat, but…

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GRCA Heads Into Third 4-Week Session of Nature Nuts School, Now Offered to Grade 8 Students

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is heading into the next 4-week block of Nature Nuts School; a program which supports the Board of Education online learning requirements. GRCA is pleased to offer a safe and supervised space, with tutoring support to successfully fulfill student’s online learning programs. Students will complete the mandated 5 hours…

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