About Ganaraska Forest Centre

 

The Ganaraska Forest Centre 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.


Notice to Ganaraska Forest Users

The Ganaraska Forest opened for all uses on May 1st. Spring arrived late this year and there has been multiple rain events in recent weeks. The trails are therefore quite wet and there may even be some ice left on the ground in shady areas. This means that trails are more prone to rutting and damage than they normally would be at this time of year. Please use trails in a manner that minimizes damage: avoid wet areas and reduce speed or if possible delay use of the forest until it has had a chance to dry up.

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