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.
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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!
Toll Free: 1-888-258-0441
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.
Phone: 905-525-2181 or 905-648-4427
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.
Toll Free: 1-866-900-4722
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.
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.
Phone: 1-877-558-GRCA (4722)
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
Grand River RaftingBring your tenting gear and camp along the shore of the Grand River. The campsites have road access, picnic tables, fire pit and portable washrooms. There are no showers... swim in the river! You can also paddle to your campsites or rent a canoe/kayak for your site.
Grand River RaftingRafting on the Grand River for all ages. Rent a raft with a guide... or take a map and go on your own. Along the way are fresh water springs, swimming and picnic areas. All equipment and shuttle rides included in price... just bring yourselves and lunch. No time limit.
Heritage River Canoe & Kayak CompanyWe offer kayak trips on the Grand River for beginners and the experienced. You can go on your own with a map or hire a guide. One hour lessons are available for first timers. Trips are about 3-4 hours long. We supply everything... Just bring yourselves and your lunch.
Heritage River Canoe and Kayak CompanyExperience a canoe trip on the Grand River for beginners and the experienced. You can go on your own with a map or hire a guide. One hour lessons are available for first timers. Trips are about 3-4 hours long. We supply everything... Just bring yourselves and your lunch.
Grand River Rafting CompanyTravel in a non-tip yak boat for two on the Grand River. Great for couples or parents with children. Trips are about 3-4 hours long with picnic areas along the way plus, swimming spots and cold water springs. We supply everything... Just bring yourselves and your lunch.
Heritage River Canoe & Kayak CompanyWant to try something different? Paddle down the river on a SUP or take a lesson before you start. Out stand up paddleboards (SUP) are extra wide for better stability. This route is 5 km or 13 km. Trips are 2-4 hours long.
Grand River RaftingA great way to float down the river with family and friends. Park your car and shuttle upstream. Then turbo-tube down the Grand River back to your vehicle.
Grand ExperiencesAn unique 2 days and 1 night fully outfitted guided canoe camping trip, experiencing the Grand River’s scenic history and nature that reveal why the Grand is a Canadian Heritage River. Canoeing $149 per person plus HST. Kayaking $169 per person plus HST. Plus camping $38 site fee & $13 reservations fee.
Grand ExperiencesDevelop your whitewater skills on Southern Ontario’s Nith River, safely in the hands of our experienced instructors. This truly exhilarating experience is available for a limited time in April and early May, while water conditions allow. This 5-hour instructional trip will help take your paddling to the next level with the guidance of our experienced and competent instructors. The Nith is an ideal river to learn on, and we have devised a route that sees you through progressively more challenging waters, culminating in a series of mild rapids that will test your skills. This trip is best in early Spring until May 14, and will also be available in later October.
Grand ExperiencesEnjoy this 2 day/1 night adventure in historic Paris, Ontario, one of Canada’s prettiest towns. Paddle, hike and/or bike along the Grand River, a Canadian Heritage River and its trails with rare Carolinian forest, led by experienced Paddle Canada certified guides. Then relax in the evening at the historic Arlington Hotel, in Grand Style.
Grand ExperiencesDiscover the mysterious Nith River, running wild across the heart of south central Ontario on this unbelievable 2 day wilderness style paddling route that almost magically appears in early Spring and late Fall, just 1 hour west of Toronto, 1.5 hours from Niagara and 2.5 hours from Windsor/Detroit. The Nith River provides a unique experience available only while seasonal rain brings the river to life. This rare 2 day guided trip offers a classic wilderness-style paddling adventure along a 50 km stretch of forested route, ranging from serene, gentle stretches to exciting whitewater. Stunning scenery and the opportunities for wildlife sightings never stop.