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    Over the last 10 years... showing the Grand River Valley has become our passion, not our job. When you knock on our door for an adventure, our goal is to make the experience easy to do... with everything looked after.

  • Canoe Trips
    Best of the Grand

    Canoe Trips

    Our Grand River canoe trips are 3 hours or more, there is no time limit... we really encourage you to leave your watches behind and enjoy the day! We offer both beginner and intermediate canoe trips.

  • Kayak Trips
    Our Fleet of Grand River Kayaks

    Kayak Trips

    Learning to kayak is easiest thing to do. Our Grand River kayak trips are 2 hrs or more... and there is the option to take a kayak lesson before the trip.

  • Rafting Trips
    Stand Up Paddle Board Trips on the Grand

    Rafting Trips

    Rafting is something everyone can do in total safety regardless of age, size or skill level. Rafting is the best way to "Experience Everything Together"! The rafts cannot tip over and hold up to eight people.

  • Other Adventures
    Team Building Experiences... Quest by Fire

    Other Adventures

    Try our stand up paddleboards... or go family tubing... or paddle our two man non-tip yaks. We offer over seven different ways to paddle the Grand River.

  • Group Experiences
    Dining at the Arlington Hotel

    Group Experiences

    From corporate team building to outdoor educational programs for youth... our goal is to offer one of the most unique experiences in the valley.

  • Contact Us
    Grand River Bridge View Paris, Ontario

    Having Trouble Getting Here... Contact Us!!!!

    We are located in the town of Paris, one hour west of Toronto... just off the 403 highway. We meet you where you start your trip... so advanced reservations are a must. We operate 7 days a week.

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We offer practical hands-on canoe lessons... where you don't need to come back!

 

Canoe Trip Options

Rent a canoe... link

Guided Canoe.... link

Bring own canoe... link

Rent a non-tip yak... link

Hotels & Eateries... link

Trip Lunch & Camping... link

Grand River Canoe Lessons

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Our goal is to give you a lesson that you can use now with your trip.

Open 7 days a week . April till November . Reservations Required.

The canoe route is just excellent for beginners... averages 1 meter in depth with a gentle moving current to help paddle down the river.

We meet you at our registration booth at the Brant Conservation Area where you do a 45 minute - 1 hour lesson both on land and water.

Then we shuttle you up to Paris where we give you a map and review your route.

Once launched you paddle back to your vehicle.

With us there is not time to be off... as long as you are off before dark... because you won't know where you are and neither will we!

 

 

 

Lesson covers:

  1. Types of canoes and safety equipment required.
  2. How to get in and out of a canoe without tipping
  3. Different paddling strokes used to steer and move the canoe.
  4. What to do if you tip over
  5. Reading and understanding the basics of river paddling
  6. How to portage a canoe
  7. Dealing with wind and weight differences.

Once the instructor likes what they see and you feel confident… we shuttle you up to Paris to enjoy your trip.

Start times are between 8:40am and 1:00pm.

Beginner Canoeing Lesson without Guide    Option #1  

Starts with a lesson and then you paddle on your own without an instructor... on an easy section of the river for 2-3 hours... following a map.

Cost per 2 people per canoe with lesson $130.00 total plus HST... includes lesson, canoe, paddle, life jacket, safety kit, dry bag, river map and return shuttle ride.

Beginner Canoeing Lesson with Guide    Option # 2  

Starts with a lesson, and the instructor stays with you for the entire trip as well.  Cost is $80.00 per canoe, plus $145.00 for the instructor-guide... plus HST

Includes personal guide/instructor, canoe, paddle, life jacket, safety kit, dry bag, river map and return shuttle ride.

Below is a map of the Cayuga Canoeing Route.

Map of the Cayuga Route... leave Paris & paddle to the Brant Conservation Area... then shuttle back to your car.

 

Canoeing the Grand River is a must do! In our area the river averages 1 meter in depth with a 2 km/hr current speed... so if you tip over, stand up! The wilderness landscape is filled with all types of birds... people find it hard to believe they are one hour from Toronto.

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You need to make reservations by email or phone in advance... because we meet you where your trip starts.

It is important to recognize that the weather-news channels are about 20% accurate in their daily forecasting... we are around 85% accurate!

If the weather is bad, we will contact you telling you to save your money and not come. With our cancelation you can get a full refund or pick another date... whatever is best for you.

Also if water levels are what we consider unsafe to paddle... we will cancel our trips with the option to raft or go in a non-tip yak... your safety with us is more important than your money!

We are the only incorporated outfitter business on the river carrying full liability as required by the Grand River Conservation Authority.

We have risk management plans in place, adult waivers and youth consent forms... and our interpretive staff is top notch, undergoing a 3 week training course.

For more Grand River canoeing adventures visit our Grand River Rafting website.

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