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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 Coproration, 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

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New Trail Diversion Around Seepage Area

The Upland of the Copeland Forest is on the edge of the Oro Moraine.  Water seeps out of the hills and helps form the rivers that flow out of the Forest. In a few instances, single track trails go through these water seepage areas and
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Call for Volunteers – Water Testing

Copeland Forest Friends are beginning a new initiative this summer to monitor watershed health using a citizen science approach.  We have room for a few volunteers who will be assigned a permanent site along a stream in Copeland Forest to monitor.  No experience is necessary
Bob and Andrew doing trail sign site selection

Launch of 2016 Workplan

We have some exciting news that just came in.  The Copeland Forest Friends Association 2016 Work Plan has been approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The 2016 Work Plan is part of a three year plan focusing on trail management and ecology