At 4,400 acres, Copeland Forest is the largest intact forest south of Algonquin Park, with no roads through it and a very rich and diverse ecosystem.
Many people are drawn to the Forest for the physical and mental health benefits. With 30 plus kilometres of cross-country ski trails in the winter, over 50 km of mountain bike trails in the summer, and a feature of the Ganaraska Trail, Copeland is a year-round recreational paradise, enjoyed by hikers, trail runners, bikers, horseback riders, skiers, snowshoers, naturalists and birders, as well as hunters and anglers.
For over 100 years, the Forest was home to a thriving lumber business (under different ownerships) and an important part of the local economy. In 1975, it was sold by the Copeland family to the Ontario Provincial Government, officially becoming a Crown property.
How Your Business Can Support Copeland
Do you own a business and want to be involved with Copeland?
Local businesses have been important community partners of the Forest for many years. A long-standing land-use agreement exists with Horseshoe Resort, and outdoor adventure company MEC has supported our membership drive in years past. United Lumber in Barrie and Georgian Paving have contributed materials and services to support the Forest and its users while other businesses have provided donations to support the ongoing operation and preservation work of the Forest.
We are always looking for ways to partner with local businesses that see the importance and value of protecting and promoting this natural gem. Please reach out to email@example.com to discuss how we can work together to promote your business and support the Forest.
Hosting an Event in Copeland Forest
If you are wondering about leading tours or hosting an event in Copeland, please reach out to us at least two months in advance of your planned event firstname.lastname@example.org. Each request will be discussed by the Board and assessed to determine the potential ecological impact on the Forest.