About the Ganaraska Forest

The 12,000 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 and the Gatehouse is open for sales on weekends from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.


The numerous wind storms that occurred this winter and early spring have resulted in a large number of fallen trees and branches on trails in the Ganaraska Forest. Forest staff have been working for the last several weeks on cleaning up forest roads and wider trails. Clearing single-track trails is much more difficult as vehicles cannot be used to access the vast network of these trails. The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority is looking for volunteers who can help out with clearing single track trails as well as other trails. Forest members who are dirt bike or ATV riders (for trails in the West and East Forest areas) or mountain bike riders (for the Central Forest) would be well suited to this task.

Many of the trees that have fallen are smaller and in some case can simply be pushed off of trails. Other trees can be cut with a portable hand saw. Larger trees requiring a chain saw can be reported to staff, indicating as accurately as possible, their location. Volunteers are not permitted to use power equipment such as chain saws due to safety and liability concerns.

If you are interested in helping out please contact Steve McMullen, Forest Recreation Technician, at smcmullen@grca.on.ca or by phone at 905 797-2721.

As of October 19th, 2016 the P4 parking lot on Wilcox Road in the west section of the forest will be temporarily closed until further notice. Forest users are directed to park at alternative lots such as P2 & P3 located 2km east of Hwy 115 off of Boundary Road, or lot P6 located on Porter Road just south of Hwy 115. Questions or concerns? Please contact Ganaraska Forest Recreation Technician, Steve McMullen at 905.797.2721 or smcmullen@grca.on.ca

PLEASE NOTE: The Canteen at the Ganaraska Forest Centre will be closed until further notice. 

Did you know that the Ganaraska Forest Management Plan was being updated?

Keep an eye out for signs alerting you to harvest operations. The harvests are selection thinnings and are designed to minimize impact on recreational activities and trails. All thinnings are carried out using Sustainable Forestry and Good Forest Management practices to improve the health and resilience of the stand. To learn more about forest management at the Ganaraska Forest Centre, contact the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority at (905)885-8173.

Why We Do What We Do in the Ganaraska Forest



Treetop Trekking Ganaraska

An aerial park in the central section of the forest.For more information, call 905-797-2000. Special rates for school groups participating in Ganaraska Forest Centre Outdoor Education programs!

Forest Recreation Overview
Recreational User Fees
Recreational Uses
Forest Regulations and Enforcement
Forest Resource Management
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Organized Event Listings
Forest Management Plan Update
Filming in the Ganaraska Forest

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