A Grand Adventure – Paddling to Paris, Ontario

Photo by Sebastian P.

Ontario is famous for its seemingly endless supply of lakes to canoe and kayak, but for a late Fall paddle the Grand River offers an exciting change of pace.

The Grand River flows through the heartland of Southern Ontario. Meandering by farms and towns, and winding through marshes and forests, it is the common thread that links a harmonious blend of natural and cultural landscapes. It is Ontario’s largest watershed and its heritage has been recognized by designation as a Canadian Heritage River.

West Montrose Canoeing
For a paddle steeped in local history, canoe on the Grand River from Elora Gorge Conservation Area, through West Montrose and on to Kitchener. You’ll see Mennonite farms on the shoreline, and there are excellent put-in and take-out opportunities at  Inverhaugh, West Montrose, Conestogo village and Snyder Flats.

West Montrose Covered Bridge

Photo by Derek Purdy

Grand Experiences Canoe & Kayak Outfitters
If you are looking for a guided trip Grand Experiences Canoe & Kayak Outfitter’s Onedia run is a popular choice. Most years this route offered until November, giving you the chance to squeeze in a few more paddles! Mainly calm water, with a few low-key rapids, this a great trip for beginners.

Autumn peaks into 2009 - Paris, Ontario

Photo by KPEP

Paris, Ontario
Get off the water in Paris, Ontario. Formerly called “Forks of the Grand”, Paris is at the junction of where the Nith River meets the Grand River. Known as the Cobblestone Capital, Paris is located just minutes from Brantford and Cambridge and with local shops and services is a great spot to unwind after a paddle, or refuel for the next leg of your adventure.

Grand River, Paris On
Photo by Bob Oakville


                                                                                                                                                 

Wondering where to start? These local service providers will help you plan your Grand Adventure.

Grand Experiences Canoe & Kayak Company: http://www.grand-experiences.com/
Grand River Rafting: http://www.grandriverrafting.ca/

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