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 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.