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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

Memo of Understanding signed with MNRF

The Copeland Forest Friends Board had a lot to celebrate at their first meeting since the launch October 3rd.  One was signing the MOU with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests, which Mary Anne Greatrix is holding up here.  Mary Anne is the Board’s
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Deer Hunting platform in tree near 5th line

Fall Deer Hunting Schedule in Copeland

A reminder to everyone that deer hunting occurs in Copeland Forest and is restricted to muzzle-loading guns. The 2015 season is two weeks long and runs from Monday, November 2 to Friday, November 6th and Monday, November 30 to Friday, December 4th. This year,
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Copeland Forest Friends event launch

We’re Launched!

On our first official day as an organization, we raised $3,000 and took in 96 memberships. Not bad for an unseasonably cold and windy day that had a few of us reaching for our parkas.

On our first official day as an organization, we raised $3,000 and took in 96 memberships. Not bad for an unseasonably cold and windy day that had a few of us reaching for our parkas.

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Copeland Forest Friends launch

Join Us for the Launch of Copeland Forest Friends

Support a New Community with the Forest at its Heart. Join us for the launch of the Copeland Forest Friends Association and find out how you can support our efforts to preserve and protect one of the last tracts of Deep Woods forest in Ontario.

Support a New Community with the Forest at its Heart. Join us for the launch of the Copeland Forest Friends Association and find out how you can support our efforts to preserve and protect one of the last tracts of Deep Woods forest in Ontario.

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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 Cross Country Centre, 2nd Floor. Located on the north side of Horseshoe Valley Road, directly across the road from the entrance to the resort 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).