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.

Recreational User Fees

Cross-country

To use the Ganaraska Forest, you are required to purchase an annual membership or day pass.

For your convenience memberships and day passes can be purchased online, through the Ganaraska Forest Centre self-serve Gatehouse, and remote locations (listed below). 

User Fee Schedule

Fees for use of the Ganaraska Forest are based on the type of recreational activities pursued. Adult and youth rates (16 years of age and under) are available for both full year memberships and day passes, based on categories of recreational use. All categories of membership permit the use of the forest for lesser fee activities with the exception of cross-country skiing on groomed trails. Forest memberships allow access to the forest for a full year from the date of purchase.

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority Administration Office
info@grca.on.ca / 905-885-8173

Noone's Petro Canada Service Centre
8262 Highway 35/115 just north of the Village of Kirby
905-983-9290
Please note that memberships & day passes are sold from 7:00am - 9:00pm only, and are not available March through the end of April

Sandaraska Park
156 Sandaraska Road on the northern edge of the West Forest
705-277-2000
Please note annual closures - Thanksgiving through May 1st

For further information on recreational user fees, email us at info@grca.on.ca or call 905.885.8173.