Weekend Non-Profit Group Planning Information

The Ganaraska Forest Centre welcomes Girl Guides and Scouts and other non-profit groups for an affordable weekend stay at our facility. A variety of rental options are available depending on your group size and needs. Choose to stay in a combination of dormitory style rooms, add camping, or book the weekend kitchen to cook your own meals. We do everything we can to accommodate your group's individual needs. See our 2017 Non-Profit Weekend Group Rate Schedule. Please note that rates are subject to change. 50% of the booking fee is required as a non-refundable deposit to secure preferred dates.

Together, with the support of Northumberland Sunrise Rotary, the Ganaraska Forest Centre is able to offer visitors of any ability access to the forest. An All Terrain Wheelchair (Deposit Agreement) is available to use during your visit to the Ganaraska Forest Centre. For further information on how to make use of the wheelchair, please contact us at (905)797-2721 or info@grca.on.ca. 

The following information is provided to assist you and in preparing for your Ganaraska Forest Centre (GFC) visit.

If you are planning an organized group event in the forest, you will require a special event permit: Forest Organized Event Permit Application

If you are only looking to book the facilities, you will require a Use of Facilities Permit, arranged through our main office, at (905)885-8173. Please read your permit carefully to understand our regulations. Permits must be returned within 10 days along with the appropriate non-refundable deposit of 50% of your fee to confirm your booking date. Send to: Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, 2216 County Road 28, Port Hope, ON L1A 3V8.

2017 Weekend Camping 


The Weekend Supervisor will meet your group upon your arrival on the Friday at
5:00 p.m.
DEPARTURE TIME: Sunday 12:00 p.m.

2017 Weekend Residential


The Weekend Supervisor will meet your group upon your arrival on the Friday at 5:00 p.m.
DEPARTURE TIME: Sunday 12:00 p.m.

We request that you and your group leader take part in an orientation conducted by the weekend supervisor, soon after arrival.  

Out of respect for the neighbours of the Ganaraska Forest Centre, please refrain from making any noise outside between the hours of 10:30pm and 8:00am.

These are key concerns for staff of the Ganaraska Forest Centre. We ask you and your group to “take only memories and leave only footprints”. For residential groups, we ask for your support in making sure only the doors a the mudroom are used, outdoor footwear is removed upon entering the buildings, lights are turned off and doors are shut when your group is temporarily not using various rooms.

A weekend at the GFC is an excellent opportunity to involve your group in recycling and good waste management practices. Composting facilities are available at the GFC and we recycle: cardboard, glass, tin and aluminum cans, plastics, and paper. Other waste goes into a garbage dumpster which is expensive to empty, both economically and environmentally. Please help us by composting, recycling, and smart shopping.  When purchasing food for your visit, remember:

Avoid                                       Choose Instead
drinking boxes                       ~ juice crystals
~ pop cans                               ~ returnable bottles
~ individually-wrapped items       ~ bulk food

A pay telephone, located at the south end of the gym, is available for your use. In the event of an emergency, the office telephone will be made available for you.

The gymnasium is available to rent for activities (excluding winter months).
KITCHEN EQUIPMENT (Residential groups only):
Common kitchen utensils and equipment are available for your use. A medium-sized fridge and shelving space are available for storing your supplies. Items such as dish soap, washcloths, scrubbies, tea towels, Javex, scissors, garbage bags and oven mitts must be supplied by the group.

Campfires are permitted only in established fire pits at the GFC, and are prohibited anywhere else in the Ganaraska Forest. Firewood is available from the Weekend Supervisor at a cost of $10.00 per box of wood. Please do not strip bark from any trees or take live wood from the forest.
The Ganaraska Forest provides many areas in which to follow outdoor pursuits. Other than snowshoes, we do not rent equipment, but encourage weekend groups to bring their own. Maps and information are available by request.  Suggested activities are:

*  Hiking on our extensive forest trail system
*  Wildlife Habitat Trail hike
*  Map Reading & Orienteering
*  Tree Identification Trail
*  Games & activities in extensive fields surrounding the GFC

The building site and surrounding grounds are kept clear of poison ivy; however it is abundant within the Forest. Visitors should stay on maintained paths, wear clothing that covers the body (especially legs and ankles), and wash thoroughly with soap and water upon returning to the Centre. If you discover other plants that you believe that are poisonous or invasive, please inform the Conservation Authority.

A tour of the GFC can be arranged prior to your visit by calling the Ganaraska Forest Centre @ (905)797-2721.

Any changes your group wishes to make (early set-up, moving of picnic tables, etc.) MUST be approved by the GFC prior to your arrival. This allows the Weekend Supervisor to be informed of possible changes in routine.

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority reserves the right to hold special events at the GFC during the period of your group’s visit. If such an event is scheduled during your visit, your group will receive as much advance notice as possible and every effort will be made to avoid conflicts of use.

Feel free to contact us for additional information at (905)797-2721



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