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.

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


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.

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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