About the Ganaraska Forest

The 12,000 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.

Please Note: All users must obtain a membership or day pass to use the forest. The canteen at the Ganaraska Forest Centre is also open on weekends - stop in and grab a drink or snack!

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 fsmith@grca.on.ca or call 905-797-2721 ext 403.

Why We Do What We Do in the Ganaraska Forest

As of October 19th, 2016 the P4 parking lot on Wilcox Road in the west section of the forest will be temporarily closed until further notice. Forest users are directed to park at alternative lots such as P2 & P3 located 2km east of Hwy 115 off of Boundary Road, or lot P6 located on Porter Road just south of Hwy 115. Questions or concerns? Please contact Ganaraska Forest Recreation Technician, Steve McMullen at 905.797.2721 or


Did you know that the Ganaraska Forest Management Plan was being updated?


Forest Recreation Overview
Recreational User Fees
Recreational Uses
Forest Regulations and Enforcement
Forest Resource Management
Special Event Permit Rates
Organized Event Listings

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