Forest Recreation Overview
The Ganaraska Forest is an outstanding outdoor recreation venue. With hundreds of kilometers of trails, the Ganaraska Forest provides opportunities for a variety of activities, including hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and nature appreciation.
The Central Forest lands are reserved for passive recreation, while hunting and motorized activities are permitted in the West and East Forests.
All Ganaraska Forest users must obtain a day pass or membership. All memberships and day passes, including those for motorized-use, are restricted to Ganaraska Forest property, and do not allow use on municipal roads. The Highway Traffic Act and Off-Road Vehicle Act prohibits use of off-road vehicles on municipal roads. Please note that all off-road vehicles using the Ganaraska Forest must be plated and insured, and the operator must carry proof of insurance, as well as registration for the off-road vehicle (ownership) while riding.
The Ganaraska Forest is closed to motorized-use until May 1 2021.
Dogs must be kept on-leash in ALL sections of the Ganaraska Forest.
Remember to practice social-distancing on the trails and in parking lots. A reminder that camping is not permitted on any GRCA lands.
All GRCA buildings remain closed to the public, including the Ganaraska Forest Centre. Staff continue to operate through phone and email communications. Please see staff directory for a complete list of contact information.
Please review the boundaries for all areas, as shown on the Ganaraska Forest maps.
Annual memberships or day passes are available at the following locations or online.
Ganaraska Forest Centre Gatehouse Self-Serve Kiosk, 10585 Cold Springs Camp Road, Municipality of Port Hope - 905-885-8173
Noone’s Service Centre, 8262 Highway 35/115 (7 am - 9 pm daily only, and are not available March through the end of April) - 905-983-9290
Sandaraska Park, 156 Sandaraska Road, Pontypool, on the northern edge of the West Forest - 705-277-2000
Please note annual closures - Thanksgiving through May 1st
Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority by calling 905-885-8173.