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

Supporting the Environment through Education

My name is Jordan Mapley and I am thankful to have received sponsorship from the Ganaraska Conservation Authority to attend the 2019 Ontario Nature Youth Summit. Through the kindness of the GRCA, I was able to attend the summit for free, which meant a lot to me as I am currently saving for post-secondary and…

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Don’t Let Field Erosion Get the Best of Your Farm

It was one of those March mornings in 2016 – a dull sky, north-west winds, no snow on the ground but things were still generally frozen. As I rounded a bend in the road on the way into town, I saw dark smoke blowing above a tree line. I automatically assumed a fire, but as…

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Enbridge Continues to Support Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority

For over seven years, Enbridge Gas Inc. (Enbridge) has generously donated funds to various initiatives through the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA). The local conservation authority is grateful for Enbridge’s continued support, with a generous $1,500.00 donation towards GRCA’s stewardship program. In 2020, these funds will purchase trees for local school plantings. The trees will…

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Holiday Gift Giving with Your Local Conservation Authority

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) has some unique gift giving ideas to help you get prepared for the holiday season. Does your special someone love the great outdoors? The Ganaraska Forest is an outstanding outdoor recreation venue. With hundreds of kilometers of trails, the 11,000 acre magnificent forest provides opportunities for a variety of activities,…

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