About the Ganaraska Forest

The 11,000 acre Ganaraska Forest is one of the largest blocks of forested land in southern Ontario. Today the forest is a living example of how the principles of integrated resource management can be used to balance many different uses of forested lands on a sustainable and ecologically sound basis. The forest is home to the Ganaraska Forest Outdoor Education Centre, a weekend canteen, and public washroom and shower facilities. The area provides abundant recreational opportunities and is managed for a sustainable yield of wood products. Day passes or annual permits are required to use the forest. Office hours are 8:30 am - 4:00 pm weekdays, the Gatehouse is open for sales on weekends from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, or you can purchase online.

NOTICE TO FOREST USERS

The Ganaraska Forest will open 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.

HEADS UP FOR HARVESTING!

The Ganaraska Forest timber harvest season opens on August 1st. Keep your eyes out for active cut blocks and closed trails. Remember to stay clear of areas where harvesting is occurring - be cautious, be safe!

There will be 5 tenders for the 2019 harvest season, including:

West Forest – Red & White Pine – 44.9 ha
Central Forest – Red & White Pine – 31.9 ha
East Forest – Red & White Pine – 52.8 ha
West Forest – Spruce Row Thinning – 10.7 ha
West Forest – Hardwood – 19.9 ha

Tender openings will take place on Wednesday May 15, 2019. If you are interested in bidding, please email GRCA's Forester, Gus Saurer at gsaurer@grca.on.ca for tender packages.


Treetop Trekking Ganaraska 
An aerial park in the central forest, is now open for the season. For more information, call 905-797-2000. Special rates for school groups participating in Ganaraska Forest Centre Outdoor Education programs.