June 1, 2020 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.
- All conservation areas are open to hiking as of May 22, 2020. Please note that Millennium Conservation Area is now a one-way trail: head right upon entry to the trailhead.
- Ganaraska Forest to open in phases: Hiking - May 22, 2020; Non-motorized (horseback riding/mountain biking) - May 29; Motorized and all uses - June 5. Please see: IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL VISITORS
- All GRCA buildings remain closed to the public, including the Ganaraska Forest Centre and all public washrooms.
- The Administration Office is closed to the public, while staff continue to operate through phone and email communications. Please see staff directory for a complete list of contact information.
- GRCA's Planning & Regulations team is not accepting walk-in meetings, but is able to assist with electronic planning and permit submissions.
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 central section of the forest.