Welcome to the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority

As of June 24, 2022

Ganaraska Forest remains CLOSED!

Garden Hill Conservation Area remains CLOSED!

Port Hope Conservation Area remains CLOSED!

The Ganaraska Forest Centre is now operating by appointment only

GRCA Administrative Office is now operating by appointment only

Tree Top Trekking Ganaraska is now open

Ganaraska Millennium Conservation Area is now open

Thurns Park Conservation Area is now open

Balls Mill Conservation Area is now open

Sylvan Glen Conservation Area is now open

Richardson's Lookout Conservation Area is now open

Rice Lake Conservation Area is now open

Cobourg Conservation Area is now open

June 24, 2022 - Update on the Ganaraska Forest Closure

GRCA staff continued to clear primary and secondary Forest roads within the West and Central Forest. Downed trees along with dangerous spring poles and cracked trees do slow efforts.

The Ganaraska Forest remains closed. Trees and hangers continue to come down as addition storm systems occur in the area. The GRCA thanks everyone for their patience and understanding.

Please note: Existing memberships will be extended to reflect the closure period.

The GRCA is asking for people to PLEASE stay away from the area.

Updates will be provided as they become available. Your understanding and patience is appreciated!


Registration for Nature Nuts Summer Camp 2022 is now OPEN!! Registration Information


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 Overnight Experience. 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.

Latest News

Flood Potential: Low

TO: LOCAL MEDIA, SCHOOL BOARDS,MUNICIPALITIES, & LOCAL CA’s.ISSUED: June 6th, 2022 4:00 PMSUBJECT: WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT (WCS_03_22) The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority advises that Environment Canada has issued aspecial weather statement for our area. Thunderstorms will move in this evening and continuethrough the day tomorrow with potential for periods of heavy rainfall.Total rainfall amounts of…

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Ganaraska Forest Closed Until Further Notice

For Immediate Release, June 3, 2022, Ganaraska Watershed – The Ganaraska Forest continues to be closed to all users until further notice. On May 21, 2022, the Ganaraska Forest experienced a significant Derecho storm event. Early assessments suggest this was the largest natural disaster to impact the Ganaraska Forest since it was established in 1947.…

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