January 19th 2021 Update:
The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority is continuing to monitor the latest COVID-19 developments and is taking precautions to keep our workplace safe for staff, visitors and partners across the watershed.
- The Ganaraska Forest remains open to all recreational uses with the exception of motorized-use, which is closed until May 1 2021.
- All visitors must obtain a day pass or membership to use the forest. Note that day passes must be purchased online and printed at home.
- Ganaraska Forest cross-country ski trails are open but are very icy under the layer of snow. Please use with caution. See trail map here. The Orange Trail and A, B & C loops were groomed on January 10th. When conditions change, updates will be posted here and the GRCA website. Note that rentals will not be available for the 20/21 season. When the ski trails are open, hikers, dog walkers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and snowshoers are not permitted on the ski trail system.
- Dogs must be kept on-leash on GRCA properties, including 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 properties.
- 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.
Your patience, cooperation and support is appreciated during this time. Please continue to visit our website for updates. Stay safe.
Forest Regulations and Enforcement
Enforcement and public education regarding Forest Regulations and Rules of Etiquette are carried out by police, conservation officers, conservation authority staff and volunteer forest patrollers.
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.
Dogs must be on-leash in the Ganaraska Forest.