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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

Upcoming Trail Closures
The Ganaraska Forest timber harvest season is in full swing. Keep your eyes out for active cut blocks and closed trails. Remember to stay clear of areas where harvesting is occurring - be cautious, be safe!

All trails leading up Lookout Hill are closed to motorized use. The location had already been closed for many years, and despite signage, the use continued, resulting in further erosion. New signage has been erected and the area will be enforced.

Please be aware that trail maintenance is scheduled to start in September in the West Forest, addressing whoops, erosion and banked corners. Signage will be put into place, but the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) urges users to be cautious on all trails, especially on hills and corners. Heavy equipment will restrict access to some trails. Please yield to all machinery and be aware that the operator may not be able to see you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact GRCA's Forest Recreation Technician, Ed Van Osch - 905.885.8173 ext 325

Stay on the Trails!
Poison Ivy is very prevalent on the Ganaraska Forest recreation trails. A good rule of thumb is: Leaves of Three? Let them be. If you think you have been exposed to the toxic oils, there are showers in the washroom facilities located across from the gymnasium at the Ganaraska Forest Centre.

 

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