Answer 5 quick questions for personalized trip ideas sure to float your boat
Standing up or sitting down? Calm, quiet currents or raucous rapids? Bonding with buddies or escaping from the pack? The great thing about planning a paddling adventure on the Grand River is that you really can design a day that’s a perfect match for your personality. The even better news is that it’s so close you can easily switch things up when you’re ready to try something new.
Keep track of your answers to the following questions and then read on for some trip ideas that reflect paddling adventures that we think you’ll adore.
If I had to listen to one radio station for the rest of my life I would pick:
- Classical music
- Top 40 hits
- Modern rock and alternative
A perfect Friday night for me is:
- Relaxing in front of a fire with a good book
- Going out to a restaurant with a big group of friends
- Finding something to do that I’ve never done before
If I’m in charge of picking the restaurant, it will likely be:
- Somewhere quiet and cozy where I can hear what my dining partner is saying
- A new place that has people buzzing where getting a table will be a serious score
- Some sort of cuisine that my friends may not have tried and will push them beyond their comfort zone
It’s Sunday afternoon and there is a choice of three movies on television. I choose:
- A River Runs Through It
- The Fast and The Furious
If I had to perform community service to settle a speeding ticket, I would choose:
- Shelving library books
- Supervising a dance at a teen drop-in centre
- Repainting over graffiti off a highway bridge while suspended from a harness
What’s your paddling personality?
Answered mostly A’s?
You likely prefer adventures that are on the calm, cool and collected side of the equation. Here are some that we think will be right up your alley.
Grand River Rafting’s Kayak Yoga Meditation Program is a half-day experience that offers a meaningful connection to nature through a mindful guided paddle down the Grand River, tranquil walking and floating meditations and a gentle yoga class.
If you’d prefer to get out on the water on your own, Grand Experiences’ self-guided Grand River Tuscarora Route from Glen Morris to Brant is a great option if you have some paddling experience. The trip covers about 25 km of river and includes a 150-metre portage in Paris. There are some low-key rapids to add a little excitement, but also long calm sections that allow you to take in the Grand River’s beautiful scenery and wildlife. This experience can also be customized as a guided trip.
Peckish after your paddle? Enjoy dinner with a killer view of the Grand at Stillwaters! Plate and Pour.
Answered mostly B’s?
You are a social butterfly. You like your leisure time with a healthy dose of fun and probably prefer to travel as a pack. Here are some paddling adventures that we think you’ll find worthy of some Instagram shares!
Grab your favourite group of pals and head out for a day of stand-up paddle boarding with Grand River Rafting that will leave the experiences offered at beaches and harbours in the dust. An inflatable board, paddle, lifejacket, group dry bag, map and a shuttle ride back upstream at the end of the day are all included in the package price. No time limit on your rental means you’ll have plenty of time to stop along the way to watch wildlife, spot natural springs and take a break at Grand River Rafting’s picnic and washroom site. You can even order a catered cookout that will be prepared for you once you arrive! Because the Grand River has an average depth of about 1 meter, this is a great route if you’ve got some non-swimmers in your group.
Grand Experiences’ Voyage of the Iroquois Experienceis a five-hour trip that celebrates the Grand River’s rich First Nations history. Your “ride” for the day is a stable 12-passenger Voyageur canoe piloted by an expert guide. Halfway through the float your group will enjoy a guided hike exploring the Trail of the White Cedars. The trip culminates with a stop at Turtle Island, a small isolated island with an ancient hardwood amphitheatre. After a traditional Aboriginal greeting a Native storyteller will bring history to life with First Nations music, myths and legends.
Answered mostly C’s?
Your perfect adventure includes an adrenalin rush. You don’t want to waste time having experiences that you’ve had before and are always on the lookout for something new to try. Here are some trip ideas that will give you the thrill you crave.
You don’t have to spend hours driving to find white-water adventures. Seasonal rains in the spring and fall get the Nith River, which empties into the Grand River in Paris, all worked up! Grand Experiences’ Mysterious Nith River Expedition is a two-day trip with an expert guide that will offer customized instruction to match your skill level, all your gear, accommodation and a warm campfire lunch.
Combine your love of a good scare with your love for getting out on the water on Grand River Rafting’s Whisper To The Moon Paranormal Night Paddle. After a 90-minute drift down the Grand River by the light of a full moon into the territory of the Six Nations of the Grand River, you’ll pull up on shore at Chiefswood Mansion National Historic Site, the childhood home of Mohawk Poetess, E. Pauline Johnson. Local guides will share ghost stories and ancient Six Nations legends and then take you on a paranormal investigation of this historic home. Seating for this popular experience is limited to 14, but private tours for up to six people can also be arranged.
Another fun option for kayakers who are looking to switch things up a bit is Grand River Rafting’s Kayak Fishing Trips on the Grand River. Sink a line for carp, pike, catfish and pickerel from the comfort of a Jackson Coosa fishing kayak, which has a wide, stable standing area, so that paddlers can easily get up and stand to fish.
Peckish after your paddle? Stop by Zander’s in Brantford and check out the restaurant’s great artwork, custom Harleys and unbelievable guitar chandelier.