No matter how you choose to dip your paddle, there are all kinds of ways to experience the Grand River. Choose your own adventure on this designated Canadian Heritage River by canoe, kayak, raft, stand-up paddleboard and more. The area’s many outfitting companies will help you plan your Grand River adventure with expert advice, equipment and trip guidance.
Bordered by virtually untouched Carolinian forest, you will encounter amazing wildlife during a day spent on the Grand River. Watch carefully and you’ll discover a host of acquaintances along your route, including beavers, otters and muskrat in the river, and deer, fox, coyote and wild turkeys in the forest. Look up and you may catch a glimpse of some of the rare birds known to breed in the area, including bald eagles, black terns, great egrets, king rails and red-shouldered hawks. The Paris to Brantford section of the Grand River is home to 80 species of fish, including bass, rainbow trout, brown trout, pike and perch.
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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.
Christie Lake Conservation Area is one of the most beautiful lake settings on the Niagara Escarpment. While visiting, explore the trails that wind for 10 kilometres through peaceful meadows and towering pine forests - you'll be sure to see a wide range of wildlife that make their home in this 336-hectare conservation area.
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.
Toll Free: 1.800.665.HIKE (4453)
City: Niagara to Tobermory
The Bruce Trail Conservancy preserves and protects one of the most important biospheres in the world and we need your help to keep it accessible forever. The Bruce Trail is Canada's oldest and longest natural footpath with over 900km along the Niagara Escarpment and one of the world’s unique natural wonders. Explore the Bruce Trail’s pebbled beaches, dizzying cliffs, deep crevice caves, old-growth forests, and awe-inspiring geological features.
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 ExperiencesEnjoy a self-guided day trip by canoe or kayak adventure on the Grand River. Perfect for Families, Friends, and Couples, take a leisurely paddle with no portages on a relaxing section of the Grand running from Paris to Brant Conservation Area. Our most popular trip for good reason. Now 20% off with a Christmas Gift Certificate, but only until 5 pm on December 24.
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. Save 20% on a Christmas Gift Certificate for our 20th Anniversary, but only until December 24, 2017 at 5 pm.
Grand ExperiencesThe Grand Experience is a guided Grand River trip paddling a Canadian Heritage River in the heart of Ontario. The Grand, southern Ontario's largest river, flows through rare Carolinian forests. A leisurely paddle through scenic woodland with calm water and occasional swifts adding fun and excitement. Save 20% on Christmas Gift Certificates, but only until 5 pm on December 24.
Grand ExperiencesTreat miles of scenic river as your own awesome back yard on a float down the Grand River with friends and/or family in comfortable 8 or 12 person rafts. Best outdoor gathering ever. A soft adventure with scenic large forest along a beautiful Canadian Heritage River. Located in the heart of southern Ontario, it is virtually in your back yard, just an hour west of Toronto. Save 20% off with a Christmas Gift Certificate, but only until December 24 at 5 pm.
Grand ExperiencesThis stunning near wilderness paddling route takes you along an almost unknown stretch of water in southern Ontario, the Upper Nith River. Spring high waters make this trip an unforgettable experience. Save 20% with the 20th Anniversary Christmas Special, but only until December 24th at 5 pm.
Grand Experiences20th Anniversary Christmas Gift Certificate Sale of 20% Off Grand Experiences Gift Certificates can be purchased on-line for amounts of $50, $100, and $200 -- less 20% sale discount. 20% Discount applies as follows: $200 Gift Certificate charge is $141.59 plus 13% HST = $160. $100 Gift Certificate charge is $70.80 plus 13% HST = $80. $50 Gift Certificate charge is $35.40 plus 13% HST = $40. Other amounts and trips can also be purchased by calling us at 1-888-258-0441. Gift Certificates are good for all trips, lessons and merchandise and never expire. The Christmas Gift Certificate offer applies until December 24, 2017 at 5 pm.
Grand River RaftingExcellent Gift... Turbo Tubing the Grand... Something Everyone Can Do! Purchase your gift certificate online... simply choose a gift card or trip from the "select" box... choose how many... then choose "Buy Now" and send. Our system will automatically process the request and instantly send email your gift certificate... and you are good to go! If you have any questions or wish something customized... just call us at 519-442-2519. We also offer canoe, kayak, yaks, rafting and stand up paddleboarding gift certificates. We also have riverside campsites and fishing programs.