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.

Latest News

Timber Harvesting in the Ganaraska Forest – The How and Why

If you have ever walked or rode the trails in the Ganaraska Forest, you may have come across some trees marked for harvest with orange paint slashes. Better yet, you may have even come across the wonderful Christmas-like smell of a recently cut Pine plantation. The annual timber harvest is an important component of the…

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Town of Cobourg Water Conservation Garden Gets a Facelift

The Town of Cobourg Water Conservation Garden, located at the intersection of Ewart Street and Division Street, has undergone a renovation. Similar to a homeowner’s perennial garden, plants can become overgrown and unmanageable; therefore, a redesign is sometimes required. In partnership with Lakefront Utility Services Inc. and generous donations from Ontario Power Generation and Enbridge…

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Honouring Those Who Have Served our Country with Local Tree Planting

Local residents stand in silence, deep in thought and emotion, on an overpass to the Highway of Heroes, waiting for the repatriation convoy to pass. It is one small but hugely meaningful gesture to pay respect and honour a fallen hero. The all too familiar scene of the young and old, the first responders and…

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Level 1 Low Water Condition Ended Across Ganaraska Watershed

With several rain events in the second half of the summer, the watersheds in the Ganaraska Region have recovered to normal conditions. An early summer rainfall deficit led to the declaration of a Level 1 Low Water Condition on July 16th, however from that point on, rainfall has been more consistent with enough scattered thunderstorms…

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