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Grand River

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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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.

Christie Lake Conservation Area

Christie Lake Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-628-3060
City: Dundas

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.

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.

Bruce Trail Conservancy

Bruce Trail Conservancy

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Phone: 905.529.6821
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.


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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.

Camping on the Grand

Camping on the Grand

Grand River Rafting

Bring 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.
Cost $50.00 per night plus $2.00 per person plus HST. Arrival time is 1 pm... departure time is 12 pm. Camping on the Grand is available from April 28, 2017 to October 29, 2017.
Offer Code: HOCAMP
Expiry: Oct 30, 2017

Grand River Family Rafting

Grand River Family Rafting

Grand River Rafting

Rafting 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.
One raft holds up to 8 adults and 2 small children. Price $160.00 per self-guided raft plus $7.50 per person plus HST. Includes life jackets, paddles, dry bag, map and shuttle ride upstream. If wishing a guide to travel with you for the day, add $145.00 plus tax. For start times, visit website. Grand River Family Rafting experience is available from April 1, 2017 to November 4, 2017.
Offer Code: HORAFTING
Expiry: Nov 05, 2017

Grand River Kayak Rental Trips & Lessons

Grand River Kayak Rental Trips & Lessons

Heritage River Canoe & Kayak Company

We 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.
Kayak rental for day with all equipment and shuttle $55.00 plus HST. Kayak Lesson $25.00 per person plus HST. Guides that will instruct and travel with you for the day are $145.00 plus HST. Reservations required. Suggested age: 12 years and up. Grand River Kayak Rental Trips and Lessons are available from May 6, 2017 to October 22, 2017.
Offer Code: HOKAYAK
Expiry: Oct 23, 2017

Grand River Canoe Trips and Lessons

Grand River Canoe Trips and Lessons

Heritage River Canoe and Kayak Company

Experience 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.
Canoe rental for day for two people with all equipment and shuttle $80.00 plus HST. Canoe Lesson $25.00 per person plus HST. Guides that will instruct and travel with you for the day are $145.00 plus HST. To add an extra person in the middle, the cost is $15 plus HST. Reservations required. Suggested age: 3 years and up.
Offer Code: HOCANOE
Expiry: Nov 06, 2017

Grand River Tandem Non-Tip Yak Trips for Two

Grand River Tandem Non-Tip Yak Trips for Two

Grand River Rafting Company

Travel 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.
Yak rental for day for two people with all equipment and shuttle is $90.00 plus HST total. Reservations required. Suggested age: 3 years and up. Grand River Tandem Non-Tip Yak Trips for Two can be experienced from April 29, 2017 to November 5, 2017.
Offer Code: HOYAK
Expiry: Nov 06, 2017

Stand Up Paddle Board Trips and Lessons on the Grand River

Stand Up Paddle Board Trips and Lessons on the Grand River

Heritage River Canoe & Kayak Company

Want 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.
SUP rentals are $65 plus HST for the day and include all equipment and shuttle. SUP lessons are $25.00 plus HST per person. A guide instructor is $145.00 plus HST for the day. Reservations required. Suggested age: 12 years and up. Stand Up Paddle Board Trips & Lessons on the Grand River can be experienced between May 19, 2017 and September 30, 2017.
Offer Code: HOSUP
Expiry: Oct 01, 2017

Summer Turbo Tubing on the Grand River

Summer Turbo Tubing on the Grand River

Grand River Rafting

A 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.
Cost $35.00 plus HST per person or $30.00 plus HST for six or more people. Ages 3 years and up. Prices include shuttle ride upstream, a group dry bag, paddles, life jackets and turbo-tubes. Summer Turbo Tubing on the Grand River can be experienced between June 24, 2017 and September 4, 2017.
Offer Code: HOTUBE
Expiry: Sep 05, 2017

Fall Turbo Tubing on the Grand River

Fall Turbo Tubing on the Grand River

Grand River Rafting

A 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.
Cost $25.00 plus HST per person. Ages 3 years and up. Prices include shuttle ride upstream, a group dry bag, paddles, life jackets and turbo-tubes. Fall Turbo Tubing on the Grand River can be experienced from September 5, 2017 to October 16, 2017.
Offer Code: HOFALLTUBE
Expiry: Oct 16, 2017

Grand River Instructional Kayak Trip and Lesson for $60

Grand River Instructional Kayak Trip and Lesson for $60

Heritage River Canoe and Kayak Company

This group trip offers the opportunity to learn how to kayak and then do a trip down the Grand River with an instructor paddling with the group. This is a 4-4.5 hour experience taking place on Sunday, August 13, 2017.
Kayak Lesson with Instructed Trip is $60 per person plus HST. Includes all equipment, lesson, instructor/guide and shuttle. Reservations required. Suggested age: 14 years and up. The Grand River Instructional Kayak Trip and Lesson for $60 takes place on Sunday, August 13, 2017.
Offer Code: HOLESKAY
Expiry: Aug 14, 2017

Grand River Instructional Canoe-Kayak Trip with Lesson for $65

Grand River Instructional Canoe-Kayak Trip with Lesson for $65

Heritage River Canoe and Kayak Company

This group trip offers the opportunity to learn how to canoe and kayak as you do a trip down the Grand River with an instructor paddling along with the group. This is a 4-4.5 hour experience taking place on Sunday, September 10, 2017.
Canoe & Kayak Lesson with Instructed Trip is $65 per person plus HST. Includes all equipment, lesson, instructor/guide and shuttle. Reservations required. Suggested age: 14 years and up. The Grand River Instructional Canoe-Kayak Trip with Lesson for $65 takes place on Sunday, September 10, 2017.
Offer Code: HOCANOE
Expiry: Sep 11, 2017

Grand River Sunday Discount Rafting

Grand River Sunday Discount Rafting

Grand River Rafting

Save dollars and share a raft with others to do a guided rafting trip down the Grand River. Park your car and shuttle upstream. Then have a guide paddle with you back to your vehicle. The Grand River Sunday Discount Rafting experience is available every Sunday from July 2 to September 3, 2017.
Cost $60.00 plus HST per person. Starts at 1:30 pm. Ages 16 years and up. Prices include shuttle ride upstream, a group dry bag, paddles, life jackets and guide.
Offer Code: HOSUNDAY
Expiry: Sep 03, 2017

Experience the Grand - 2 Day Camping Adventure

Experience the Grand - 2 Day Camping Adventure

Grand Experiences

An 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.
Package includes: use of canoe or kayak and all paddling equipment; shuttle rides, experienced Paddle Canada certified guide; Grand River campsite; camping equipment (except sleeping bag/pillow). Whether you choose canoe, kayak or bike when ordering, you can request a different type of adventure for your second day. Cost per person based on double occupancy. Contact us for single occupancy rate. Book to experience this trip between May 1 and October 15, 2017.
Expiry: Oct 15, 2017

Whitewater Learning Adventure

Whitewater Learning Adventure

Grand Experiences

Develop 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.
Trip available in April and early May* and includes: Safety and Paddling techniques, including brace strokes, cross bow draw, etc.; River reading techniques, understanding current, and hazard identification; Warm campfire lunch with BBQ chicken and our Famous Maple Chili; All paddling gear, including PFD, Neoprene wetsuit; 10 minute shuttle service to your launch site; Pics of your trip, shot with our waterproof camera; Paddle Canada certified guides, averaging 10 years experience on the Nith River. *while water conditions allow Rates: Canoeing $109.95 per person plus HST based on double occupancy. Kayaking $119.95 per person plus HST based on double occupancy.
Expiry: Oct 15, 2017

Weekend in Paris Adventure

Weekend in Paris Adventure

Grand Experiences

Enjoy 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.
Package includes: 2 days of adventure with choice of guided bicycle, canoe, kayak and/or hike; all trip equipment; delicious riverside lunches, breakfast and dinner in choice of 4 Paris restaurants; short shuttle service to/from trip locations; experienced Paddle Canada Certified guides; 1 night accommodation at Paris’ historic Arlington Hotel, est. 1851. Whether you choose canoe, kayak or bike when ordering, you can request a different type of adventure for your second day. Cost per person based on double-occupancy. Contact us for single occupancy rate. Weekend Rates: Canoeing, Kayaking and/or Bicycling $329 per person plus HST based on double occupancy. Save 15% on Weekday Bookings $279 per person plus HST based on double occupancy. This package is available until November 1, 2017.
Expiry: Nov 01, 2017

Mysterious Nith River Adventure - 2 Day Getaway

Mysterious Nith River Adventure - 2 Day Getaway

Grand Experiences

Discover 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.
This trip includes: Lodge accommodation at choice of 3 inns; Historical and natural interpretation of the Nith River region; Customized instruction fitted to your paddling skill level; Warm campfire lunch with BBQ chicken and our Famous Maple Chili; All your paddling gear, including PFD, Neoprene wetsuit; 10 minute shuttle to your launch site; Pics/video of your trip, shot with our waterproof camera; Paddle Canada certified guides, averaging 10 years experience on the Nith River. Rates: Canoeing $259 per person plus HST based on double occupancy. Kayaking $279 per person based on double occupancy. Available weekends in April to May 14. Available weekdays for groups of 4 or more.
Expiry: Oct 15, 2017