Holiday Gift Giving with Your Local Conservation Authority

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) has some unique gift giving ideas to help you get prepared for the holiday season.

Does your special someone love the great outdoors? The Ganaraska Forest is an outstanding outdoor recreation venue. With hundreds of kilometers of trails, the 11,000 acre magnificent forest provides opportunities for a variety of activities, including hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. Multi-use memberships and day passes are available for the nature lover in your life who enjoys spending time in the great outdoors while staying active. Visit to purchase online.

Present your loved one with a tree planted in the Ganaraska Forest. For a minimum donation of $30, you will receive a certificate acknowledging the individual in honour or memory to wrap up and put under the tree. Another option is to present the recipient with a gift certificate for spring tree planting. The GRCA’s tree planting program includes over the counter sales (the minimum order is 25 seedlings), or let the GRCA do the hard work for you; five hundred or more native trees and shrubs can be planted for a fee. These one-of-a-kind gifts express your consideration towards the environment, provides wildlife habitat, and increases forest connectivity.

Does someone in your family have a special connection to the environment or outdoor education? Have a paver stone engraved with their name, and then plan a spring visit to the Ganaraska Forest Centre (GFC). The personalized tributes line the entrance way to the outdoor education centre, which is located in the heart of the Ganaraska Forest. Also in support of the outdoor education program – the Ganaraska Forest Centre Conservation Dinner – held annually in April. The event includes a fantastic buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, raffles and door prizes – a fun night out for you and yours!

Looking for a unique stocking stuffer? A rain gauge is a great idea!

The GRCA hosts a variety of public events throughout the year. Cross-country skiing is a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy – and tickets to the GRCA’s Family Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Day (scheduled for January 18, 2020) would be a great gift! Check out this event, plus many more, on the events calendar at

Don’t forget about the kids! GRCA’s annual Nature Nuts camps (March Break and summer) are always a hit. Children 6-14 years of age are invited to join GRCA’s Outdoor Education Instructors for a week of fun in the great outdoors participating in themes such as Outdoor Survival Skills and Crafty by Nature. Give the gift of nature this Christmas!

Please call the GRCA at 905.885.8173 to take advantage of these gift ideas, or to learn more about how you can support you local conservation authority.