September 22, 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.

  • Ganaraska Forest is open to all recreational activities. Please see: IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL RECREATIONAL USERS
  • A reminder that camping is not permitted in the forest
  • Dogs must be kept on leash in ALL sections of the forest
  • 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.

Your patience, cooperation and support is appreciated during this time. Please continue to visit our website for updates. Stay safe.

Private, Corporate, and Community Functions

The Ganaraska Forest Centre is set in 4,450 hectares of mixed forest, within an hour's drive of Toronto, Peterborough and Cobourg and  is a perfect venue for weddings, corporate training or other private events. Book for an evening or a day and use one of our many break-out rooms for training or professional development. Adult Outdoor Education Programs are also available. Your group can even stay overnight in our dormitory wings and Specialty Suites, that can accommodate up to 86 people.

Our certified culinary professionals can work with you to offer a variety of meal selections or you are free to use one of our approved caterers to ensure an elegant and complete dining sensation for your event.

The facility operates year-round and is open to the public most weekends, with a variety of rental options available (check Availability Calendar). Full facility rental, including the Forest Centre and all of the adjacent buildings is available, or select a combination of facilities, based on your group size and needs. Please contact our administrative office info@grca.on.ca or the Ganaraska Forest Centre Bookings Manager at 905.885.8173.

Weddings

This do-it-yourself, destination-style wedding venue includes an outdoor ceremony site in the majestic Ganaraska Forest, a beautiful reception hall, and overnight accommodations for you and your guests. Wedding rentals include use of the full facility for the full weekend.

Weddings are offered year-round at the Ganaraska Forest Centre. Do you have your heart set on a date? Please see the availability calendar for open weekends. For the 2021 prime-season (May 1st through October 31st) fees, see the Fee Schedule.

To see photos of weddings held at our unique facility, see the GFC Facebook page or find us on weddingwire.ca or thenorthumberlandweddingcollective.com.

*NEW* for 2020: All Ganaraska Forest Centre wedding clients are permitted to use the Ganaraska Forest trails for their engagement photos, upon request. All others interested in using the magnificent forest as the background of their photos, must complete a Ganaraska Forest Special Event Application Form.

You can call or email for more information or to set-up a facility tour: 905.885.8173 / info@grca.on.ca.

The Perfect Venue!

From the moment we saw Ganaraska Forest Centre, we knew it was the venue for us. We were able to tour the property multiple times, ask all of the questions we had, and if we needed something answered later Linda and Shayne were very quick to respond. We got the venue from 5pm on Friday and loved spending the weekend on site with family and friends. - Kelsey and Ethan Smith, September 2018

Magical Wedding at GFC

As soon as we toured Ganaraska Forest Centre, we knew we found the perfect venue for our wedding day! Not only are the grounds picturesque and the energy of the trees are outstanding, but the whole entire team was welcoming, kind, quick to answer questions and excited to assist us in planning our wedding weekend! That’s right, from 5:00pm on Friday to 12:00pm on Sunday, we completely took over the GFC and created a wonderful wedding weekend! So many memories, as our immediate family and bridal party (plus their partners!) stayed onsite both Friday and Saturday night. We had so many laughs on Friday night, from the rehearsal dinner in the cafeteria portable, to basketball in the gymnasium, we had a blast making GFC feel like our own special space. Come Saturday morning, everyone was settled in and ready for our big day! The grounds were spotless and gorgeous! The bunks were comfortable, and it was so fun to have everyone there on-site. The administration staff answered our +++questions leading up to the event, and always provided great feedback and tips to ensure a successful wedding day! Our wedding day was simply beautiful, and everything went so well as we had an incredible team at GFC! Thank you to Linda, Amy, Shayne and Michelle for all your help! Our wedding day was a whirlwind of love, fantasy, escape and joy – and it could not have been possible without finding GFC – a gem of a wedding venue!! - Crystal and Colin Beare, August 2018

Absolutely 100% Perfect

The venue is absolutely stunning, the ceremony site is breathtaking, you can have guests stay over inside or camp and there are so many possibilities for how to use the indoor and outdoor space before, during and after the wedding. It's a very special place. We are so happy that we were able to have our special day there and our guests all commented on how much they loved the venue. One of the best parts though is the experience with the staff. Every single person we deal with (Linda, Shayne, Michelle and Brock) were incredibly helpful and really go out of their way to ensure everything goes smoothly right from the initial phone call, tours, to planning logistics, answering questions quickly, helpful information packages and support for the actual day. We would recommend this venue for a beautiful site but also a wonderful and supportive experience from the venue. We absolutely loved the whole experience. - Jennifer and Chad Pellerin, June 2018