About Ganaraska Forest Centre
The Ganaraska Forest Centre is a multi-use facility, located in the heart of the 11,000-acre Ganaraska Forest. Featuring overnight accommodations for over 80 people, the facility boasts a large Great Hall, four break-out classrooms, a commercial kitchen and expert culinary staff to look after any group's dietary needs.
The certified teachers at the Ganaraska Forest Centre offer over 25 Ontario curriculum-linked outdoor educational opportunities to students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, through day-use programming, or 2, 3, 4 or 5-day residential stays. The Ganaraska Forest Centres outdoor education programs meet or exceed the criteria of the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association's (OPHEA) Safety Guidelines. All instructors are Ontario-certified teachers, with outdoor education emphasis, and combined, have several years of practical, hands-on teaching experience. The facility is also available for private and corporate events and community and non-profit groups.
The Ganaraska Forest Centre is a fully accessible site, with users having access to an All Terrain Wheelchair, for those with mobility issues.
The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) and Ganaraska Forest Centre (GFC) will be closed on Thanksgiving Monday. Both locations will reopen on Tuesday, October 9th at 8:30 a.m.
Planning a visit to the Ganaraska Forest? All recreational users must obtain a day pass or membership. Please visit one of our remote locations or use the self-serve option at the GFC Gatehouse.
Notice to Ganaraska Forest Users
Please note that all trails are closed in blocks 114 & 137 for logging. Be cautious and safe when using the forest, and stay clear of all harvesting machinery.
A reminder that no open fires are permitted in the forest at any time and off-road vehicles must be equipped with spark arrestors. Should a fire be seen in the forest call 911 immediately and attempt to give an accurate location of the fire.
If you have ever walked or rode the trails in the Ganaraska Forest, you may have come across some trees marked for harvest with orange paint slashes. Better yet, you may have even come across the wonderful Christmas-like smell of a recently cut Pine plantation. The annual timber harvest is an important component of the…Read More
With summer officially upon us, we’ve all been enjoying the sun on our faces as much as we can, and dreaming of what our plans will be for those long awaited vacation days. Maybe I’ll take my family for a day of Treetop Trekking in the Ganaraska Forest? Or perhaps hike through one of nearly…Read More