Summer E-News
The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority continues to monitor the latest COVID-19 developments and is taking precautions to keep our workplace safe for staff, visitors and partners across the watershed.

  • All conservation areas are open. Please note that Millennium Conservation Area is now a one-way trail: head right upon entry to the trailhead. Remember to practice social-distancing on the trails and in CA parking lots.
  • Ganaraska Forest is open to all recreational activities. Please see: IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL VISITORS, which includes that dogs must be kept on leash in ALL sections of the forest
  • All GRCA buildings remain closed to the public, including the Ganaraska Forest Centre and all public washrooms.
  • The Administration Office is closed to the public, while staff continue to operate through phone and email communications. Please see staff directory for a complete list of contact information.
  • GRCA's Planning & Regulations team is not accepting walk-in meetings, but is able to assist with electronic planning and permit submissions.

Your patience, cooperation and support is appreciated during this time. Please continue to visit our website for updates. Stay safe.
Ganaraska Forest Centre Weddings
We have all felt the affects of the pandemic; but can you imagine being a bride and groom losing the opportunity to spend one of the most important days of their lives with their family and friends?

With the latest announcements opening up the Province to larger gatherings such as weddings, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is pleased to be able to give those couples a chance to still have their special day by offering pop-up weddings at the Ganaraska Forest Centre during the month of August.
Last Call for Comments on the Lake Ontario Shoreline Hazards Management Plan Draft Report
In 1990, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, in partnership with Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority and Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority, completed a Shoreline Management Plan for the Lake Ontario shoreline to guide shoreline management within their respective jurisdictions.

Shorelines are forever changing, and the 1990 Plan required updating to reflect these changes. Earlier in June, the  Draft Final Report  for the Lake Ontario Shoreline Hazards Management Plan was completed and added to the GRCA website. Comments on the report will be received until July 15th. Please submit comments to or contact Cory Harris, GRCA’s Watershed Services Coordinator at  or 905.885.8173.
Nature Nuts Summer Camp
The GRCA is pleased to present Nature Nuts Summer Camp 2020 for children ages 7-11.

If your child loves exploring the great outdoors, making crafts, and having fun playing wild and zany games then this is the camp for them!

Spaces are filling up quickly! Don't miss out - call today to register - 905.885.8173
Planning a Visit to the Ganaraska Forest?
Don't forget your day pass or membership!

Passes can easily be purchased online via Did you purchase a membership or day pass already via Shop Ganaraska and not receive a confirmation email with your temporary trail and parking pass to print at home? This is a daily question to the  Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority . Before calling, please check all of your email folders, including junk and spam - guaranteed you'll find it in one of those folders. For a few other frequently asked questions, visit the FAQ tab along the top of the site.
Another friendly reminder: All trails leading up Lookout Hill remain closed while the Ganaraska Region CA and it’s partners continue to focus on site rehabilitation and erosion control. Thank you for your cooperation; all users are asked to please continue to refrain from accessing the area until further notice.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these closure or Ganaraska Forest recreational uses, contact GRCA's Forest Recreation Technician Ed Van Osch at 905.885.8173.

Heads-up for harvesting!

August 1st marks the opening of timber harvesting season (August to February) in the Ganaraska Forest.  Four blocks  totalling 325 acres are scheduled to be harvested this season. Users should note that recreational trails will be closed in these areas while operations are active. Additionally, users should be mindful of logging truck signage and exercise caution while utilizing forest roads around these areas.

If you have questions or concerns regarding forestry, contact GRCA's Forester Gus Saurer at 905.885.8173.

Enjoy your visit to the Ganaraska Forest !
Tree Planting
Interested in enhancing your property environmentally? The GRCA still has funding available for projects such as well upgrades, habitat enhancement, livestock fencing and tree planting.

Contact Pam Lancaster, Stewardship Technician at for more information.