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Copeland Forest Friends

The Copeland Forest is a 4,400 acre Resource Management Area  in Simcoe County, Ontario,  Canada, owned by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests. The size, beauty, and unfettered use of the forest by a wide variety of recreational users inspired an initiative to conserve the natural integrity of the forest and facilitate compatible recreational use.

In October 2015 the Copeland Forest Friends Association formed a Non-Profit Corporation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the MNRF, and began offering memberships. The organization has been structured to ensure that all of the major recreational user groups are represented equally. There are many ways to join us including becoming a member, volunteering, making a donation, and signing up for our newsletter. We look forward to seeing you in the forest!

Copeland Forest locator map
How to get here

From Highway 400 North of Barrie, take Exit 121 and turn East onto Highway 93  (Penetanguishene Road) toward Craighurst.  Take the first Left onto Ingram Road.  There are two public parking lots  along Ingram Road.  The main parking lot is across from Breen’s Lumber Mill.  google map

Copeland Trails map link
Download the trails map

Download a map of all the major trails in the Copeland Forest.

Copeland Wetland scene
Protecting Copeland

Explore the unique natural features of the Copeland Forest and discover the steps we’re taking to protect it for future generations. Find out more…

News and Events

Join Us For Our Annual General Meeting

DATE: Saturday February 18, 2017 TIME: 12:30 – 3:00 PM LOCATION: W.R. Best Memorial Public School located on Old Barrie Road, about 1 km east of the village of Dalston, (To read more, click on title above)
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Winter Parking Access

Our winter season in Copeland Forest is off to a great start and the snow conditions are good for a winter outing in the forest.  Please note that the parking lots on Ingram Road at Line 3 and Line 4 are NOT plowed.  However, the
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Thank You Mountain Equipment Co-op

Copeland Forest Friends is delighted to share that we were nominated and selected for a Staff Choice Community Grant by Mountain Equipment Co-op and were presented with a cheque for $750!  “We are so grateful to receive such a generous donation and will put the
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Watch for the CP Holiday Train Tues Nov. 29th

The CP Holiday Train will be passing through Copeland Forest sometime between 1 and 2 pm this Tuesday November 29th. They have a Capture the Spirit photo competition as well. Read more by clicking on the story title above
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Notice of Meeting

Proposed Amendments to the Copeland Forest Friends Association By-Laws

The Board of Directors has approved a series of amendments to our by-laws and approval from a minimum of 10% of the membership is required. A special meeting will be held on September 20th, 2017 at the Horseshoe Resort boardroom next to the Crazy Horse Restaurant at 6 p.m. These proposals reflect the following changes:

  • The mandate statement is clarified in order to support our application for federal charitable status.
  • The head office has shifted reflecting a change in board membership.
  • The timing of the annual general meeting is changed to ensure the meeting does not occur overlap with Family Day, and to allow broader scheduling flexibility.
  • The listing of board advisors has changed as the Couchiching Conservancy is focusing its work with us on the Ecology and Sustainability Committee.
  • The immediate past president will become a board advisor and may attend board meetings in a non-voting capacity.
  • The continuation of the Technical Advisory Committee is supported with a change in membership.
  • A borrowing by-law is required in order to facilitate the issuance of a credit card in order to pay expenses including the payment of web-site related expenses (that can only be paid via credit card).