• A meandering river steeped in Canadian history ✔️
  • Endless stretches of Carolinian forest in the flashiest of fall colours ✔️
  • The freshest of fall produce ✔️

If you’ve been looking for an ideal fall day trip destination, the search stops here. Exploring the communities located along and beyond the banks of the Grand River, including Six Nations of the Grand River, Brantford, Paris, St. George, Burford, Mount Pleasant and Scotland, is the perfect way to brighten up a fall weekend.

Take It Outside

Temperatures may be dropping, but it’s not too late to squeeze in a Grand River paddle. Outfitters like Grand River Rafting and Grand Experiences will look after all the details and equipment. You just have to show up ready to paddle!

Try Something New

Thanks to the area’s extensive woodlands and wetlands, over 300 bird species flock to the Grand River area. Fall is a particularly active time as the birds prepare to migrate for winter. You can expect to see more than your average backyard Blue Jay when you spend an hour or two scanning the skies here. According to the Grand River Watershed’s Bird Checklist, you could spot feathered friends like Peregrine Falcons, Bald Eagles, a wide variety of owls, and more. This beginner’s guide to birding blog post shares some of the best spots for birding in and around Brantford.

Stock The Trunk With Fall Flavours

The crunchiest of fall apples await in the orchards of Brant County. Pick-your-own orchards like Brantview Apples and Cider in St. George and Orchard Home Farm are great options for spending some time outside. If you’d prefer to skip the picking, stop by Elberta Farms Country Market in Paris.

Score One-of-a-kind Finds

From handcrafted cornhusk dolls to beaded jewelry, arts and unique gifts, Everything Cornhusk has a fascinating collection of items that make the store a must-stop shop in the Six Nations of the Grand River territory.

Visit Shop Local in Brant for an up-to-date directory of local shopping or explore Brantford’s shops and businesses.

Sip Something New

Brant County’s craft beer scene is really brewing. Don’t miss the country hospitality at Scotland’s Flux Brewing Co. Housed in a former horse stable, the brewery has a cozy vibe with ten taps that include four dedicated to rotating seasonal brews. For lovers of local, Flux beers are made with hops grown just 7 km down the road! The large patio, which overlooks a pond, farm fields and a rustic barn, offers a perfect place for enjoying a sunny fall afternoon pint!

Settle In For A Tasty Meal

If there’s ever been a time to enjoy a meal that leaves you feeling like you’ve been transported to another place, 2021 is it! Juniper Dining Co. isn’t just in downtown Paris (Ontario!), dining there will make you feel like you’ve been whisked away to France. The delicious food you’ll enjoy here reflects the fact that the chef and owner of this French-Lyonnaise-inspired bistro was born and raised in Paris. Not too far away you can discover more dining options in Brantford.

Explore A Little More

Round out your Grand River country itinerary with additional ideas from Brant Tourism, Discover Brantford, Downtown Brantford, Downtown Paris, Six Nations Tourism and St. George Business Improvement Association. While you’ll have no problem filling an afternoon discovering all the corners and communities around the Grand River, stretch out the fun with some urban exploring. Hamilton and Burlington are great options!


Find new ways to stay and play in Hamilton Halton Brant this fall. Explore available experiences, grab some Stay & Play PERKS, take advantage of special offers and discover the amazing events that will be taking place while you’re in town. Stretch your fall fun out a little longer with our StayTripping hotel offers and receive a $50 or $100 VISA gift card!*

*Please note – VISA gift cards are a limited offer – while quantities last.

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Now thru November 15

Mohawk Run

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Sundays Between: Apr 26, 2022 and Nov 15, 2022

Now thru October 24

Weekend In Paris

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 15, 2022 and Oct 24, 2022

Now thru October 24

Overnight Grand River Canoe Camping Trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 30, 2022 and Oct 24, 2022

Now thru October 29

5 Day Bruce Trail Waterfall Walking Tour

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Everyday Between: Nov 14, 2021 and Oct 29, 2022

Now thru October 15

The Grand Canoe Camping Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 30, 2021 and Oct 15, 2022

Now thru October 24

Experience the Grand – 2-Day / 1-Night Package

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Dec 2, 2021 and Oct 24, 2022

Now thru October 30

Grand River Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Nov 16, 2021 and Oct 30, 2022

Now thru October 15

Grand Overnight Camping Adventure

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: May 1, 2022 and Oct 15, 2022

Now thru October 31

2-Day Bruce Trail Hiking Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Nov 14, 2021 and Oct 31, 2022

Now thru November 6

Self-Guided Paddling the Grand River – Paris to Brantford

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Nov 9, 2021 and Nov 6, 2022

Now thru October 31

Rentals – Canoe, Kayak, Bikes, River Tubes

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily; Between: Apr 10, 2022 and Oct 31, 2022

Now thru November 27

Cambridge to Paris Grand River Day Trip – Self-Guided

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Sat Sun Between: Oct 30, 2021 and Nov 27, 2022

Now thru October 31

Voyage of the Iroquios

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: May 1, 2022 and Oct 31, 2022

Now thru October 28

Pedal & Paddle – Canadian Adventure

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 10, 2022 and Oct 28, 2022

Now thru November 19

Bruce Trail Iroquoia Day Trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 16, 2022 and Nov 19, 2023

Now thru November 28

Grand River Valley Hiking

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Everyday, Saturdays by request Between: May 1, 2022 and Nov...

Now thru November 30

Upper Nith River Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Nov 13, 2021 and Nov 30, 2022

Now thru November 21

Grand Voyageur

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily, Between: Jan 20, 2022 and Nov 21, 2022

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