Ganaraska Forest

About the Trail

Easy | Signed | Mostly Flat Terrain

The first section of the Yellow Trail runs through a Red Pine plantation. The production of wood products, through the implementation of ecologically-based resource management practices, is an important component of the multiple-use nature of the forest. Pine plantations, which make up approximately 50% of the Ganaraska Forest, are being converted back to natural forests through the process of selective thinning and harvesting. As these plantations are thinned and the forest canopy opens up, natural regeneration from a variety of tree species in adjacent stands occurs. By the time the final harvest of plantation trees occurs, there will already be a well-established natural forest in the understory. The dense canopy cover and diversity of plant communities support a range of bird, mammal and amphibian species. Owls abound in the deep forest, while frogs thrive in wetlands and wild turkeys roam the meadow-lands. The forest covers over 11,000 acres and is home to the headwaters of the Ganaraska River. Ganaraska is named for one of the original Aboriginal settlements in the area, Ganaraske, which means ‘the spawning place’, due to the abundance of salmon and trout in the cold, clear river.

Start from the parking lot and follow the yellow trail north. You will walk about 2 km. throught a path crossing the red pine plantation. After walking aproximately 2.2 km, you will cross Main St. Continue straight. The path will turn right (east), you will cross Maint St. again and will be back at the parking lot after 730 m.


Grab your hiking gear and come explore the Greenbelt's beautiful, protected countryside.
  Hiking Itineraries

Tourism Info

Headwaters comprise a variety of permanent and temporary streams, springs and wetlands. Although often hidden, they make up the majority of streams in the Greenbelt. Headwaters play critical ecological roles: filtering and supplying clean drinking water to thousands of Ontarians; providing habitat for rare flora and fauna; and regulating water flow to reduce downstream flooding and erosion.

Ganaraska Conservation Ganaraska Forest Centre Ontario Headwaters