Spring Newsletter 2024

GRCA Administrative Office, Port Hope

Ganaraska Forest Opens For the Season On May 1st, 2024

The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is set to open the Ganaraska Forest trails for the season on Wednesday, May 1st, 2024, for users with a valid day pass or membership.

For users looking to access the Forest, please purchase a Membership or Day Pass by visiting the GRCA Online Store at https://store.ganaraskaconservation.ca/. For Day Passes only, please visit the gatehouse kiosk of the Ganaraska Forest Centre, located at 10585 Cold Springs Camp Rd., Campbellcroft, ON.

Memberships and Day Passes may be carried on a mobile device or printed, while parking passes should be printed and displayed on the dashboard of your highway vehicle. For Frequently Asked Questions and Online Store Support, please visit https://store.ganaraskaconservation.ca/support/ or call the GRCA during office hours, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 905.885.8173.

As a reminder to all users, please remain on mapped trails, respect trail restrictions, carry your day pass or membership and ensure you have the proper documentation with you and affixed to your motorized, recreational vehicles, as required. For additional property rules, please read the Trails Etiquette link below.

A single track trail is now available in the Central Ganaraska Forest, please refer to the updated Ganaraska Forest Trails Map to see the locations. In the West Ganaraska Forest, Parking Lot P6, just off Porter Road, is currently unavailable due to logging. Please plan to use a different parking lot and avoid the area until logging activities have been completed.

Please Note: Overnight server maintenance of the GRCA Online Store may be required in preparation for the May 1st opening.

To report trail blockages, please email volunteer@grca.on.ca with the location and a picture of the blockage.

Read Trails Etiquette

Updated Ganaraska Forest Trails Map Available Now!

The GRCA is pleased to announce the release of an updated digital trail map for the Ganaraska Forest.

The updated mobile mapping package allows users to download and use the maps without creating an account. Complete instructions for download and use can be found at the link below.

This map is the only approved map for Ganaraska Forest trails and includes regular updates from GRCA staff.

View Trails Map

GRCA Property & Trail Signage Improvements

Beginning in 2024, GRCA properties, including the Ganaraska Forest, will begin seeing the installation of updated signage. The roll out of updated signage is expected to continue throughout the year, as well as into the future.

Funding for new trailhead signage in the Ganaraska Forest is supported through the Greenbelt Foundation.

Registration is now open for Nature Nuts Summer Camps

Nature Nuts Summer Camps will run from July 2nd to 5th for LIT (Leaders In Training), ages 11–14, while campers aged 7 to 11 are invited to participate in regular camps from July 8th to August 30th. Complete details can be found on the GRCA website at the link below.

Summer Camps held daily at the Ganaraska Millennium Conservation Area, located just north of the 401 at 2216 County Road 28.

Campers are invited to participate in a variety of hands-on activities, active games, group challenges, zany crafts and good-natured fun. Children learn how to survive in the great outdoors; design, construct and test structures; create messy science experiments and so much more. All activities designed, planned and delivered by Ontario-certified teaching staff.

Spaces are limited, so sign up today by visiting the link below or calling 905.885.8173.

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