Recreation

Every year, thousands of visits are made to the Copeland by people from all over southern Ontario and beyond.  The appeal is that it is the largest naturalized upland forest within commuting distance of the GTA, and is free from the usual provincial park rules of usage and fees.  Because there are over 22 active entrances to the forest, even a rough estimate of how many thousands visit is complicated and expensive to calculate.  Through surveys and public meetings, and extensive conversations with forest users, we have learned that the following human activities are known to take place in Copeland Forest:

  • Hunting and trapping (for turkey, deer, rabbit, squirrel, grouse and duck)
  • Mushroom picking
  • Hiking
  • Orienteering
  • Dog walking
  • Geo-caching
  • Nature walks and photography
  • Outdoor Education
  • Mountain biking
  • Bird studies and bird watching
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Research (Acid Rain, Snowstation)
  • Horseback riding
  • Target practice
  • Trail running
  • Commercial bait fishing
  • Trail building and maintenance
  • Retriever dog training
  • Snowshoeing
  • Search and Rescue Training
  • Dog sledding
  • Special events i.e: Diabetes Ride-a-thon and Adventure Races