About the Ganaraska Forest
The 11,000+ acre Ganaraska Forest is one of the largest blocks of forested land in southern Ontario. Today the forest is a living example of how the principles of integrated resource management can be used to balance many different uses of forested lands on a sustainable and ecologically sound basis. The forest is home to the Ganaraska Forest Outdoor Education Centre, a weekend canteen, and public washroom and shower facilities. The area provides abundant recreational opportunities and is managed for a sustainable yield of wood products. Day passes or annual permits are required to use the forest. Office hours are 8:30 am - 4:00 pm weekdays and the Gatehouse is open for sales on weekends from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Keep an eye out for signs alerting you to harvest operations. The harvests are selection thinnings and are designed to minimize impact on recreational activities and trails. All thinnings are carried out using Sustainable Forestry and Good Forest Management practices to improve the health and resilience of the stand. To learn more about forest management at the Ganaraska Forest Centre, contact the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Forester at email@example.com or call 905-797-2721 ext 403.
NOTICE TO FOREST USERS
Due to ongoing drought conditions experienced in southern Ontario this summer, the risk of fire in the Ganaraska Forest is extremely high. Forest users are asked to use extra caution with their activities while in the forest and are reminded that open fires are prohibited and that all off-road vehicles are required to have spark arrestors. Any signs of fire in the forest should be reported immediately by calling 911.