NOTICE: Cobourg, Ganaraska Millennium, Garden Hill, Rice Lake, Richardson's Lookout and Sylvan Glen Conservation Area have opened for the season. The remaining areas will open soon. Please ensure you follow COVID-19 guidelines while enjoying the areas.

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 visitors must obtain a day pass or membership to use the forest. Note that day passes can be purchased online and printed at home, or through the self-serve kiosk at the Ganaraska Forest Centre gatehouse.
  • 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.

About Ganaraska Forest Centre


The Ganaraska Forest Centre, owned and operated by the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, is a multi-use facility, located in the heart of the 11,000-acre Ganaraska Forest. Featuring overnight accommodations for over 80 people, the facility boasts a large Great Hall, four break-out classrooms, a commercial kitchen and expert culinary staff to look after any group's dietary needs.

The certified teachers at the Ganaraska Forest Centre offer over 25 Ontario curriculum-linked outdoor educational opportunities to students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, through day-use programming, or 2, 3, 4 or 5-day residential stays. The Ganaraska Forest Centres outdoor education programs meet or exceed the criteria of the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association's (OPHEA) Safety Guidelines. All instructors are Ontario-certified teachers, with outdoor education emphasis, and combined, have several years of practical, hands-on teaching experience.  The facility is also available for private and corporate events and community and non-profit groups.

The Ganaraska Forest Centre is a fully accessible site, with users having access to an All Terrain Wheelchair, for those with mobility issues.

Do you recall when the Ganaraska Forest was being planted in the late 1940s? Did your school class visit the Ganaraska Forest Centre in the 1980s? In celebration of the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority's 75th anniversary, residents are invited to share stories and memories of watershed moments. Please document your memories and email them to Memories will be shared throughout the year.

Notice to Ganaraska Forest Users

All trails leading up Lookout Hill and Thorpe Hill remain closed while the Ganaraska Region CA and it’s partners continue to focus on site rehabilitation and erosion control. Thank you for your cooperation; all users are asked to please continue to refrain from accessing the area until further notice. If you have any questions or concerns about these closures, contact GRCA's Forest Recreation Technician Ed Van Osch at 905.885.8173.

Latest News


Logging operations in the West Forest continue just south of Boundary Rd. Trails remain closed off in the logging area. Main travel roads remain open, however users should proceed cautiously wherever caution tape/signage is encountered. Logging operations around CF17/CF18/CF19 are nearing completion. Logging around CF17 and CF18 have been completed and trails in this area…

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October 10, 2021 – Please see attached maps with updated logging operations in the Ganaraska Forest. The pink areas represent the areas closed for logging operations. The blue lines represent forest roads that are open but in use by logging equipment. Stay safe!

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