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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!

News and Events

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

Mating Frogs (X-Rated) and Fairy Shrimp

  We’re not sure how David Attenborough would narrate this frog orgy–it’s definitely not PG13!  Filmed in April in a Copeland Forest Vernal Pool, it features Spring Peepers, Wood Frogs, amphibian egg masses, and beautiful Fairy Shrimp.   Enjoy.  Filmed by Aiesha Aggarwal.   Watch the

Launch of New Logo

We are very excited to introduce you to our beautiful new logo!  Our logo was designed by Finn Canadensis, owner/designer of HonkHonk Graphic Arts & Branding.  Finn has been an active supporter of Copeland Forest Friends and has an affinity for wild spaces and the
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…