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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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 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 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 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 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

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 October 15

Canoeing Basic Skills Certification

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Sun Between: May 5, 2022 and Oct 15, 2022

Now thru November 15

Grand River Rafting Adventure

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: May 15, 2022 and Nov 15, 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 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 September 11

Grand River Rafting & Tubing – Paris to Brant Park

Grand River Rafting Company

181 Bethel Rd, Paris, On N3L 3E3

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: May 21, 2021 and Sep 11, 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 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 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 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 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 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

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