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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

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).

Copeland Friends AGM Saturday Feb 20th

Please join us for the Annual General Meeting and User Group Meetings of Copeland Forest Friends.  The event will run from 1 to 4 pm at W.R. Best Elementary School on the Old Barrie Road east of Dalton.  Doors open at noon. The deadline to
A wetland workshop at the DU Pond

Emergency Repairs at the Ducks Unlimited Dam

Due to the age of the engineering works at the Copeland Forest wetland, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has had to undertake some emergency repairs to ensure the dam and control structure remain intact through the spring runoff.

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
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…