Guided 1 day and 1 night paddling adventure on Heart of Ontario’s Grand River with overnight accommodations at the Hampton Inn Brantford.
Discover the Canadian Heritage River’s rich cultural history & rare Carolinian forests. South Ontario’s largest river, just an hour west of Toronto.
One of the Grand River’s best routes, the Cayuga, departs from private docks at our 145-year-old Outfitters shop on the banks of the Grand River in Paris, Ontario. See the unique riverside architecture as you paddle thru the heart of one of Canada’s prettiest Towns. As your guide tells the stories behind the scenery you’ll have a true Cultural experience as the river comes alive with their legends of Settlement and Aboriginal history.
Leaving town you paddle into the Carolinian Forest, experiencing Canada’s most bio-diverse region with hundreds of species of fish, birds and plants, including 400 rare plants & animals. Your interpretative guide will identify Carolinian Trees from Sycamores to towering Cottonwood & help you spot great blue herons, osprey and an occasional bald eagle.
The Grand River here is a relaxing paddle with calm currents to move you along, plus dashes of small swifts to keep your interest piqued. All of our guides are Paddle Canada certified, many at instructor levels and can coach you on paddling skills.
Along the route discover old abandoned gypsum mines at Mile Hill to learn about a miners life in early 1800’s Canadian Wilderness & how Paris got its name. Then taste the refreshing, natural cold Spring water flowing from the hillside to revitalize the river and you.
Deepen the experience by a hike into the Carolinian Forest on the Trail of the White Cedar. Find rare species like Shag Bark Hickory as you hike to a scenic lookout over the valley. Your interpretative guide will introduce you to a world thought long past and help you picture the Native tribe that frequented those same paths 400 years ago.
Paddle on to where the Grand meets a spring-fed creek, famous across North America for trout fishing and learn the Native legend of Whiteman’s Creek. Your guide will share many more authentic experiences along this unique adventure before arriving at Grand Experiences’ landing in Brant Conservation Area. After landing you are off to your comfortable overnight accommodations in Brantford.
Our Shuttle service brings you back to parking in Paris, where you can finish your adventure with the Apr’s Paddle at one of Paris’ many restaurants and cafes, from the Cobblestone Pub is right next door to us and across the road is the Woolfe & Wilde Restaurant and just down the street is the Two Rivers Cafe or Stillwaters Plate & Pour, most with riverside dining and great views of the river. Paris is the Apres Paddle capital of the Heart of Ontario.
– your boat & all paddling gear
– our experienced, knowledgeable Paddle Canada certified guide
– shuttle service from trip’s landing back to free parking in Paris
– overnight accommodation in Brantford, minutes from our launch
Optional riverside lunch available. Ask us for details.