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.
Reminder: The forest is closed to motorized use, with the exception of snowmobiling, December 1st, through to May 1st. Keep in mind that all users must obtain a membership or day pass to use the forest.
Trail Update: All cross-country ski trails are closed due to icy conditions. The snowshoe trails are open. Happy trekking! (January 16th 2017)
Did you know that the Ganaraska Forest Management Plan was being updated?
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 at (905)885-8173.