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April 3, 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 will remain closed.
  • Closure of the Ganaraska Forest, effective March 24, 2020, will continue until further notice.
  • 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 a list of cancellations and 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

GRCA Announces Ganaraska Forest Partnerships

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is pleased to announce two new partnerships with local Ganaraska Forest user groups. The Ganaraska Forest Horse Club (GFHC) and the Peterborough Trailbuilders Association (PTA) will be maintaining two areas in the passive-use only central section of the Ganaraska Forest under a one-year trial agreement. In 2018, the Ganaraska…

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Consider a Healthy Hike in One of Your Local Conservation Areas or the Ganaraska Forest

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is committed to working with our partners to ensure that the special spaces and places that make the Ganaraska Region so unique remain intact for others to enjoy. Since the GRCA’s inception in 1946 as one of Ontario’s earliest Conservation Authorities, staff have been working with watershed municipalities, government…

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Port Hope Kinsmen’s Native Plant Sale Supports GRCA Programs & Services

On a rainy Saturday in late-May, the Kinsmen Club of Port Hope held a native plant sale in support of the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA). Urban and rural residents stopped by the GRCA picnic shelter on County Road 28 in Port Hope to purchase a variety of flowers, trees and shrubs that are native…

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Turtle Time

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) would like to remind the public that June is peak turtle nesting season. Please watch for turtles crossing roads, especially in the community of Bewdley. Over the years, concerns about annual losses of snapping turtles resulting from vehicular traffic have brought on the need to notify watershed residents of…

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