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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

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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trail riding in Copeland forest

Copeland Forest Friends Official Launch

Tethered balloon rides will give you the chance to view Copeland Forest from a whole new angle when The Copeland Forest Friends Association holds its official launch Oct. 3rd with a barbecue and other recreational activities. The event represents a precedent-setting partnership with the Ministry
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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…