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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

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
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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
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First AGM a Success

We held our first Annual General Meeting on Saturday February 20th, 2016 at W.R. Best Public School where we welcomed over 70 members. David Kennedy, Copeland Forest Friends Board President, welcomed everyone and gave an overview of our progress to date.

We held our first Annual General Meeting on Saturday February 20th, 2016 at W.R. Best Public School where we welcomed over 70 members. David Kennedy, Copeland Forest Friends Board President, welcomed everyone and gave an overview of our progress to date.

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Horseback Riders on the 3rd line of Copeland Forest

Gifts and Responsibilities

Horseback riders were granted an extra gift this year, when we were able to ride in the Copeland Forest all through the fall and almost up until Christmas, due to the lack of snow (with the exception of a couple of snowfalls that melted quickly).
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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…