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​​​​​​​​a photo of handlebars on a bike, with someone riding on a forest trail​Durham Regional Forest

The Durham Regional Forest Main Tract is comprised of plantation forests established over 90 years ago, as well as ​mixed hardwood areas.

This forest encompasses a 596 hectare area that is located at the top of the Oak Ridges Moraine, in the Town of Uxbridge, and is renowned for​ its excellent cross-country skiing, mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding.

More than 16 kilometres of trails in four marked loops and numerous secondary trails throughout the main tract. Contributes to regional and national trail networks.

Upcoming Closures

Every year we do our part to ensure healthy forests are growing. How? By actively managing them. 

Forest management activities include making room for new species of different ages by removing (harvesting or thinning) some of the pines initially planted. These pines have done their job of helping build up enough rich, fertile soil that can now support hardwood species like maples and oaks that have more sensitive needs. 

Thinning the forest is how we ensure there’s the space and sunlight needed to support the natural growth of big, beautiful trees of different species.

While we are working in the forest, please stay away from all areas that are off-limits and follow the posted signs.  


West Tract - November 2019

This work requires a temporary and full closure of the West Tract​ for several weeks starting November 13, 2019. 

  • This closure will be 24/7 throughout the work period
  • There will be no parking available at this location, including off the concession road 
  • Please respect the posted signage and stay out of the project area for your safety 

​How can I stay informed?

  • We’ll update this page when the closures are complete
  • We email our Conservation Areas Mailing List (sign up here!) with updates periodically
  • There will always be signage on location

Why is this necessary?​

Harvesting trees from plantations such as this one allows more sunlight to penetrate the forest, and over time, helps species like maples and oaks to get established naturally among the conifers. 

The variety of species helps improve biodiversity and forest health. Forest management​ has been occurring here since these plantations were established in the 1920’s, with the long-term goal of restoring natural forest conditions. This operation is the next step in the ongoing evolution of the property from abandoned blow sands to healthy forest cover.

And the proceeds from the harvest generate revenue that goes right back into the required management activities and trail development at Durham Forest: Win-Win! ​​

I have a question, who do I contact? 

Cory Byron, RPF, HBScF, Forest​ry Program Coordinator
905-895-1281, ext. 152 | 

​​Need some help finding your way?

​Smartphone maps are now available​

smartphone-map.pngDid you know you can now access the​ Durham Regional Forest maps 
usi​ng the free Avenza App? 

Simply download the app on your smartphone and use it when you visit. It’s that easy! Once the map is downloaded, you won’t have to use your data when you hit the trails.​

Use your device's built-in GPS to track your location on any map, plot locations and photos, measure distance and area, and more. 

How to Use Avenza
  1. Download the Avenza app on your mobile phone​.
  2. Create an account (or click the small white x in the top right corner to skip this step!)
  3. Tap the store button.
  4. Click the “Find Maps" search bar. Search for LSRCA and select the map.
  5. Click install.
  6. Go to My Maps.
  7. Select your map and hit the trails. Once you install your map, you no longer need access to data.

Our maps may change over time! To ensure you have the latest download, join our email list. We'll send you an email when we release a new version of the map.​