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About Ganaraska Forest Centre

 

The Ganaraska Forest Centre, owned and operated by the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, 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.


Notice to Ganaraska Forest Users

February 21 2020: Ganaraska Forest cross-country ski trails are open. The Yellow and Blue trails have been freshly groomed.

Trails are closed for the season to motorized use, with the exception of snowmobiles. Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trails are for OFSC permitted snowmobiles only. Check with the OFSC for current trail conditions.

The Ganaraska Forest timber harvest season is in operation. Currently, logging operations are taking place in Gan05-19 block, which directly impacts the OFSC Trail. Keep your eyes out for all active blocks and closed trails. Remember to stay clear of areas where harvesting is occurring - be cautious, be safe!

All trails leading up Lookout Hill remain closed while the Ganaraska Region CA and it’s partners continue to focus on site rehabilitation and erosion control. Thank you for your cooperation; all users are asked to please continue to refrain from accessing the area until further notice.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact GRCA's Forest Recreation Technician Ed Van Osch or Forester Gus Saurer at 905.885.8173.

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