Important Ganaraska Forest Information
- Current Cross-Country Trail Conditions
- Important Timber Harvest Info - Sept. 26, 2023
- Timber harvest season has now started in the Ganaraska Forest – Click here for more information.
- To access the Ganaraska Forest, each individual must have a membership or day pass, which are available for sale at store.ganaraskaconservation.ca. Day passes are also available from the Gatehouse Kiosk at the Ganaraska Forest Centre.
- Should you see any trail erosion or downed trees, please report it by emailing email@example.com.
- Single track trails in the Central Forest are currently not available, however, other trails within the Central Forest are available for non-motorized multi-use. Please refer to the Ganaraska Forest Trails Map.
- The Ganaraska Forest Trails Map represents Ganaraska Forest Trails only, Municipal roads are not part of the Ganaraska Forest Trail system.
- Before you visit the Ganaraska Forest, please read the Ganaraska Forest Rules & Etiquette. The Ganaraska Forest is open from dawn until dusk each day.
- Learn more about volunteering in the Ganaraska Forest.
Explore the Ganaraska Forest
Come and experience southern Ontario's largest forest. Located within an hour's drive of Toronto, straddling the Municipalities of Northumberland County, Peterborough County, City of Kawartha Lakes and Regional Municipality of Durham, the Ganaraska Forest offers the best in outdoor recreation.
Today, the Ganaraska 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, which includes public washrooms and shower facilities for Forest users.
The Ganaraska Forest is a source of local, high-quality, sustainable wood products. By following Good Forestry Practices and sound silvicultural strategies, timber harvests are utilized to achieve the long-term goals of restoring and maintaining native, healthy forest stands in the Ganaraska Forest.
Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and nature appreciation are popular activities throughout the Forest. With hundreds of kilometres of trails, the Ganaraska Forest provides year-round opportunities for a variety of activities.
Motorized activities such as off-road motorcycle riding, ATVing and off-roading are permitted in the West Forest and East Forest only. Snowmobiling occurs on Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) opened trails only. The Central Forest is maintained as a passive use area and is where cross country ski and snowshoe trails are located.
Day passes or Forest memberships are required to use the Forest and can be purchased from the GRCA Online Store or from the self-serve kiosk at the Ganaraska Forest Centre gatehouse.
The Ganaraska Forest hosts many special events and is a popular filming location.
Treetop Trekking Ganaraska is an aerial park in the Central Ganaraska Forest.
While at the Ganaraska Forest, visit Treetop Trekking Ganaraska, who independently operate in the Central Forest.