There’s no better way to get a true taste of Canada than spending a few hours floating in one of the country’s most beloved national symbols. And if you have to pick just one river for a picturesque paddle, the Grand River is a definite best bet. The Grand River has a past so rich it has been designated a Canadian Heritage River, but tales of days gone by aren’t the only thing this waterway boasts. Eighty at-risk species call the Grand River watershed home, and more than 90 species of fish and 250 species of birds have been spotted swimming in and flying over the river.

While most canoe trips require a long drive fighting cottage country traffic the whole way, two of the Grand River’s key access points, Brantford and Paris, are located about an hour’s drive west of Toronto. Add in the fact that the region boasts experienced outfitters that are happy to take care of all the details and equipment for your trip, and it really couldn’t get any better — unless you live in the United States, of course! Already affordable trips offered by these outfitters become an even better deal when you factor in a very favourable U.S. exchange rate at a stunning location that is only a two-hour drive from the border crossing at Port Huron, Michigan.

Whether you’re a Canadian looking to get away for an easy overnight escape, or an American looking for a great deal on a new nature adventure, these six trips are sure to please.


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Sap to Syrup: A Maple Syrup Making Experience

Terra Cotta Conservation Area

14452 Winston Churchill Boulevard, Halton Hills, ON, L0P 1N0

Dates: Apr 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th Two Sessions: 10:00am to 12:00pm & 2:00pm...

Now thru January 1

Museums Burlington Online Galleries

Joseph Brant Museum

1240 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington, ON, L7S 1C5

Now thru December 31

A Taste of Paris – Sip, Savour & Shopping

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours

Paris, Ontario

Tour Details: This tour includes three tasting locations with timed stops to make your day...

July 10 - August 4

Adventures in the Valley Summer Camp

Dundas Valley Conservation Area, 650 Governors Road, Dundas, ON, Canada

Dates & Times: July 10th - 14th July 17th - 21st July 24th - 28th...

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Brant Eats

Brant Tourism

31 Mechanic St, Paris, ON N3L 1K1

For your enjoyment all-year round!

April 27

Paw-some Pet Party with the Oakville Milton Humane Society

445 Cornwall Road, Oakville, ON

Date & Time: Apr 27th, 9:30am - 12:30pm Drop Off - 9:15am to 9:30am Pick...

April 21

Downtown Oakville: Wellness Week 2024 – Free Class: Hot Yoga & Pilates

178 Lakeshore Rd E Oakville, ON L6J 1H6

Date & Time: Apr 21st, 8:00am Free Event Pre-registration needed

Now thru January 1

Woodland Cultural Centre – Self Guided Museum Tour

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON, N3T 5V6

April 22

Downtown Oakville: Wellness Week 2024 – SPINCO Oakville Class

SPINCO Oakville, 229 Lakeshore Rd E, Oakville, ON L6J 1H7, Canada

Date & Time: Apr 22nd, 7:00pm - 11:00pm Free Event Registration Required

April 17

Harmonious Creation: Art and Sound Therapy Session

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

1086 Burnhamthorpe Rd E, Oakville, ON L6H 7B2

Date & Time: Apr 17th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm Session Price: $50.00

April 13

Sugarbush Wagon Rides At Terra Cotta Conservation

Terra Cotta Conservation Area

14452 Winston Churchill Boulevard, Halton Hills, ON, L0P 1N0

Date: Apr 13th Times: 4:30pm to 7:30pm with rides every half hour Price: $20.00 each...

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Tours

28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

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