Are you a paddling pro? Have you “been there, done that” when it comes to canoeing, kayaking, rafting and SUP? Head to Hamilton Halton Brant, where your paddling adventures can be truly adventurous. We’ve got world-class rapids and surprising experiences that will excite even the most experienced and well-travelled paddlers.

White Water and Rapids

If you like paddling trips that are more rapid than relaxing, and it’s white water that gets your adrenalin running, experience the best white water canoeing, kayaking or rafting that Southern Ontario has to offer on the Nith River. Outfitter Grand Experiences in Paris offers guided and instructional Nith River trips in the early spring and late fall when the water levels are at their highest, producing Class 1 and 2 rapids. Their Mysterious Nith River Expedition is a two-day trip with an expert guide that offers customized instruction to match your skill level, all your gear, overnight accommodation and a warm campfire lunch. There are also guided 5-hour day trips available.

Rapids and stand up paddle boarding don’t usually go hand in hand, but participants in the Grand River Challenge exchange flat water for white water. This event is the first race in the Ontario SUP Race Series, a competitive and fun event series for the sport of SUP, and takes place in the town of Paris.


Distinctive and Offbeat

Daring and different both apply when you try a paranormal moonlit rafting adventure. Travel with Six Nations guides and a real-life ghost hunting team for a 60-90 minute Whisper to the Moon night paddle on the Grand River. You’ll visit the oldest pre-confederate mansion on the river and watch paranormal footage and listen to voice recordings that were collected inside the house, followed by a tour highlighting where these events took place. The tour can be reserved through the Grand River Rafting Company.

We’ll bet that your past paddling experiences haven’t included learning about First Nations history or travelling in a 12-person voyageur canoe. The Natural Path is a two-day guided trip an educational farm experience, a guided plant walk, great meals and a number of tours including a stop at the last remaining building of an original Mohawk Village, Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks.


Self-guided Paddles

Seasoned canoeists will likely prefer their paddling without a guide. Rent a canoe on the Grand River with no time limit, April through November, from Heritage River Canoe and Kayak Co., and embark on a self-guided route. The Glen Morris Run is classified as intermediate and is about 11 kilometres long with about seven short sections of fast water. The approximately 3-hour trip goes through and ends at the Three Sisters, an old rail bridge from the 1850’s that has been described as something out of Lord of the Rings. Hike from the river to the lookout on top, and stop along the way at the numerous fresh water springs.

Whatever way you choose to float your boat, you’ll want to drift off in a raft, canoe, kayak or stand up paddle board in Hamilton Halton Brant. Learn more and check out some paddling inspiration for fun-filled and challenging days out on the water.

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Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Hamilton & Scourge War Ships

Hamilton Civic Museums

Throughout the City of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2K1

Now thru December 27

Nickel Brook Brewery – Online Only

Nickel Brook Brewery

864 Drury Lane, Burlington, ON, L7R 2Y4

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Now thru October 26

Learn to Paddle Experience

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

Sunday Departures

May 26 - May 1

MacNab’s Kitchen at Dundurn Enhanced Experience

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

2 hour experience. Available year-round, mornings only. Minimum 15 persons.

May 15 - October 25

2-Day Bruce Trail Waterfall Hiking Tour

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River St. North, Paris, ON

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April 20 - November 18

Grand Voyageur

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

4-Hour Guided Trip, Offered Daily

Now thru October 28

The Natural Path

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

Offered Daily

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Griffin House

Griffin House – National Historic Site

733 Mineral Springs Road, Ancaster, ON, L9H 1A1

May 16 - October 11

Bruce Trail Iroquoia Daytrip Hike

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River St. North, Paris, ON

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Now thru October 30

Friends & Family Float on the Grand (Rafting)

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

Daily departures, check for availability.

May 1 - October 15

Voyage of the Iroquois, Group Package

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

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

12-person Group Experience

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