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Paddling

Home to the Grand River, a Canadian Heritage River, Lake Ontario as well as a variety of smaller inland lakes, Hamilton Halton Brant is a great destination for paddlers. Whether you choose to bring your own watercraft or rent something for the day from an area outfitter or conservation area, it's easy to float your boat in this neck of the woods.

Scroll down to browse through additional resources and get inspired for your next paddling adventure. No matter what kind of paddle you pick: canoe, kayak, river raft or stand-up paddleboard, you're going to have a splashing good time.

Looking for a little more guidance? Check out these trip ideas:

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Grand River Rafting

Grand River Rafting

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Phone: 519-442-2519
City: Brantford

You name it... we do it! Unique adventures in paddling, hiking, camping, fishing and viewing wildlife give you the best experience of the Grand River Valley. From paddling lessons to family rafting, tasting edible plants to enjoying a team pirate quest and Aboriginal learning experiences, everything is customized to take you the extra mile!

Grand Experiences

Grand Experiences

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Phone: 519-442-3654
Toll Free: 1-888-258-0441
City: Paris

With award winning Outdoor Experiences across the Heart of Ontario provided since 1997, we offer Canadian Heritage River adventures with Paddle Canada certified experts by canoe, kayak, raft, SUP and authentic Voyageur Canoes. We also offer hiking and biking the region's trails, including Waterfall Walking Tours in a World Biosphere. We are nature unexpected at its best.

Hamilton Conservation Authority

Hamilton Conservation Authority

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Phone: 905-525-2181 or 905-648-4427
City: Hamilton

Life is better outdoors. Whether you’re interested in camping, hiking, swimming, cross country skiing or just getting a little closer to nature, Hamilton Conservation Authority has it all. Hamilton Conservation Authority owns and manages about 4400 hectares (10,900 acres) of environmentally significant land. Its recreational lands range from long distance trails and conservation areas that include the Dundas Valley, Eramosa Karst, Spencer Gorge/Webster’s Falls, Christie Lake, Valens Lake, Confederation Park, Fifty Point Conservation Area and Marina.

Grand River Conservation Authority

Grand River Conservation Authority

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Phone: 519-621-2761
Toll Free: 1-866-900-4722
City: Cambridge

The Grand River Conservation Authority operates the oldest and one of the largest networks or conservation areas in the province. There are 11 parks, often called "active conservation areas," offering a wide range of activities, including camping, hiking, paddling, swimming, fishing, picnicking, and winter activities such as skiing and snowshoeing.

Brant Conservation Area

Brant Conservation Area

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Phone: 519-752-2040
City: Brantford

Nestled in a bend of the Grand River amid the historic communities of Brantford and Brant County, and just a few minutes away from the First Nations territories of the Six Nations and Mississaugas of the New Credit, it makes a great home base for campers who want to explore this historic part of Ontario. It is also popular for anglers, hikers, bikers and canoeists.

Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area

Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area

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Phone: 1-877-558-GRCA (4722)
City: Ayr

Pinehurst Lake is a nine-hectare kettle lake formed by a single piece of ice. The lake has a sandy beach and is surrounded by mature Carolinian forest. During the summer months (May-October) Pinehurst Lake is transformed into a summer playground offering camping, swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking and hiking opportunities. In the winter, Pinehurst is transformed into one of the premier snowshoe and ice-fishing facilities in the region.

Halton Conservation Authority

Halton Conservation Authority

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Phone: 905-336-1158
City: Halton Region

Halton Conservation Authority is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores and manages the natural resources in its watershed. We are recognized for our stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science based services and sustainable recreation programs. Conservation Halton owns and operates six conservation areas, including Crawford Lake, Mountsberg, Rattlesnake Point, Hilton Falls, Kelso and Mount Nemo. We also operate the Glen Eden Ski and Snowboard Centre.

Kelso Conservation Area

Kelso Conservation Area

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Phone:  905-878-5011
City: Milton

Kelso Conservation Area is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Indulge in a swim at a sandy beach, fish for trout in the glistening lake or get energized with some great downhill skiing at Glen Eden. Mountain bikers can test their skills on marked trails on the majestic Niagara Escarpment or hikers can trek the rugged Bruce Trail. You can also rent kayaks, paddle boats and canoes. Hundreds of picnic tables dot the rolling landscape and shelters are available for company and family picnics.

Mountsberg Conservation Area

Mountsberg Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-854-2276
City: Campbellville

Nature surrounds you at this scenic conservation area that has great hiking and cross-country ski trails outfitted with boardwalks, birdfeeders and interpretive lookouts. You can even take in that first taste of spring on a horse drawn wagon ride in the Mountsberg Sugar Bush where maple syrup, pancakes and sweet sugar candy create delightful family memories. The call of the wild awaits you at this exciting conservation area!


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Nature Next Door: Grand River Parks Membership

Nature Next Door: Grand River Parks Membership

Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA)

The perfect gift for outdoor enthusiasts! The Grand River Parks Membership allows unlimited entry to all Grand River Parks for a car load of occupants. It comes with vouchers for exclusive rewards and freebies valued at over $90. The GRCA operates 11 parks, offering a wide range of seasonal activities including camping, hiking, boating, swimming, fishing, as well as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
(519) 621-2761 or Toll-free: 1-866-900-4722
Recipients will receive a voucher in the mail. Bring this voucher to any park gatehouse, during the operating season, where your membership card will be issued. The Grand River Parks membership card is valid for one year from the date of activation.