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 20

Rafting Trips on the Grand River

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Now thru November 19

Weekend in Paris Adventure

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

Now thru November 24

The Grand Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

Now thru October 20

Tandem Yak Trip on the Grand River

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Now thru September 29

On The Water Experience

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON, N0A 1M0

Now thru October 20

Kayak Trips on the Grand River

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

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Now thru October 20

Canoe Trips on the Grand River

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Now thru September 22

The Family Super Board Trip

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Now thru October 20

Tandem Kayak Trips on the Grand River

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Now thru November 16

A Day of Play

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON, N0A 1M0

Now thru November 30

Where Cultures Meet

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON, N0A 1M0

Now thru November 3

Cook the Trout Survival Challenge

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Now thru November 3

Indigenous Edible Medicinal Hike

Grand River Rafting Company

31 Mechanic Street, Paris, ON, N3L 1L1

Now thru October 13

The Natural Path

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

Now thru November 11

Voyage of the Iroquois

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

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