17 September, 2014
Totally Tubular on the Grand
By Igor Kravtchenko
We were so excited for our tubing adventure on the Grand River that we all woke up early. We were greeted by the friendly guys from Grand River Rafting company and there was a group of young people laughing and talking about their rafting adventure which made us even more excited. We picked up our tubes, grabbed a bite to eat and then headed out for our adventure on the Grand River.
The tubes are quite comfortable – oval shaped with a seat and a back. You get a paddle, a dry bag to keep your belongings in and a detailed map of the trip.
Only by looking at the trees did I realize how fast we were moving. I could hear whirling water in the distance. Once I got closer I could see the small rapids. I got a bit wet going through them and learned a little later I could use my paddle to avoid the whirling areas.
The current was strong enough and rode us nicely along the green shores and small rocky beaches. We met fishermen along the way and even saw an eagle gliding above. It was really peaceful and relaxing on the tube.
We were told along the way about an old, abandoned mine. The mine can be also seen from the top of the shore and a path will bring you there. There’s also a creek with water so clean and fresh you can drink it on the spot!
Some parts of the river are quiet so one can body surf. I got off of my tube and it was deep enough that I couldn’t touch the bottom. Holding the rope from my tube I decided to try lying down on my back to just float, allowing the river to take me for a ride.
An orange fence marked a picnic area. It took us by surprise that there were BBQs set up and a fire in the middle to warm up. Next time we’ll be sure to bring some food for a BBQ. Our trip took us a bit more than four hours. We were tired from our journey down the river and decided to end our day in downtown Paris with ice cream in hand. It was the perfect Sunday adventure.
If you’d like to try tubing on the Grand, click here
for Grand River Rafting’s $30 Per Person for Family Tubing on the Grand River offer.