The Ganaraska Forest and Forest Centre

This 11,000 acre forest, on the Oak Ridges Moraine, contains hundreds of kilometres of trails for a variety of activities from snowmobiling to horseback riding.

If you’re looking for a great place to ski, look no further. Come and enjoy some of the most picturesque, groomed cross-country ski trails in Ontario. At the Ganaraska Forest, you can get lost in the beauty of nature; while the clearly marked trails keep you right on track. The Forest Centre has over 35 kilometres of groomed and track-set trails for the novice and advanced skier. The trails meander through pine and hardwood forest, offering a challenge to skiers of varying ability levels.

On the weekend, warm up with a hot chocolate at our Quonset Hut and Snack Bar. Ski trails open in late December, weather permitting, and usually run through March - seven days a week.

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Hersey Lake Conservation Area

The Hersey Lake Conservation area is a great place to enjoy the wonders of winter. An extensive, groomed trail network provides the visitor with access to a beautiful 225 hectare pine forest and many small lakes. You can walk, snowshoe or cross-country ski to your heart’s content and since all the trails are non-motorized, wildlife viewing opportunities abound.

The area can be accessed from Highway 655, 5 kms north of Highway 101 in the City of Timmins.

Mattagami Region
Conservation Authority




Bannockburn Conservation Area

Bannockburn Conservation Area, located east of Bayfield, near Brucefield, 76249 Bannockburn Line, can be enjoyed through the popular annual Fall Hike on October 5, 2008 or throughout the year via a professionally-narrated audio tour, available at GPS units and pedometers also available.
Phone 519-235-2610 or 1-888-286-2610 for information.

The Walk a Mile Trail Information Project of the Friends of the Bayfield River and government and local partners have created a one-of-a-kind, high-tech new way to experience the nature trail with enhanced natural information and a commitment to water quality protection and enhancement. Bannockburn is home to six different natural communities: wet meadow, eastern white cedar, deciduous forest, old field and mixed scrub and marsh. Hunting and motorized vehicles are not permitted. The trail starts with a boardwalk that is wheelchair accessible. The popular Bannockburn Fall Hike is held annually on the first Sunday of October.

Driving Directions: From Bayfield or Brucefield take Cty Rd # 3 and turn north at Bannockburn Line.

Ausable Bayfield
Conservation Authority,
71108 Morrison Line,
RR 3 Exeter, ON N0M 1S5
Toll-free 1-888-286-2610




Foley Mountain Conservation Area

High atop a granite ridge overlooking the historic Upper Rideau waterway and presiding over the beautiful village of Westport some 200 feet (65 meters) below. Open sunrise to sunset, year round or visit our Interpretation Centre and Children’s Nature Discovery Centre, open most Saturdays and Sundays in July and August, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Foley Mountain Conservation Area is also offers outdoor education programs for schools and community groups as well as family programs throughout the summer.

Take time out for lunch in any one of the numerous picnic and barbecue areas in the wooded clearings or on the beach. Swim or play on 1000 meters of Upper Rideau Lake waterfront with a sheltered sandy beach, complete with washrooms and change houses.

Meander through the popular self-guided Beaver Pond nature trail using the booklet provided or travel the wildflower trails, developed by the Rideau Valley Field Naturalists and the Friends of Foley Mountain, showcasing over 100 wildflower species in the park. 70 to 100 White-tailed deer winter in the conservation area makes it a great place to see them in their natural habitat. Also to be seen are black and red squirrels, snowshoe hares and cottontail rabbits, porcupines, chipmunks and occasionally fisher, pine martens, bobcats, weasels.

For more information call: 613-273-3255



Belwood Lake Conservation Area

When it was completed in 1942, Belwood Lake became the first water control reservoir in Canada, used primarily to provide flood control and water supplies for downstream communities along the Grand River.

Located just north of Fergus, (about 1.5 hours west of Toronto), the river downstream of the dam is renowned for its world-class Brown Trout flyfishing. During the winter however, Belwood Lake itself is equally popular for its ice fishing, featuring Pike and Perch among the species to be caught. When ice conditions permit, Belwood is joined by Shade's Mills Conservation Area in Cambridge as a popular GRCA ice fishing spot. For the winter cross country ski enthusiast, Shade's Mills and Laurel Creek (in Waterloo) offered groomed and track-set ski trails, while Pinehurst Lake near Paris offers the unique sport of snowshoeing, with great trails and snowshoe rentals available.

For local ice and trail conditions, check out the
GRCA website at