TOURS, LESSONS, RENTAL, SALES We are your one-stop kayaking destination in Southern Ontario. Our store on the banks of the Grand River is stocked with over 60 models of kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. FREE test paddling every day ! Did you know ? We have your outdoor adventure clothing and gear. Come and see us.
With a focus on instruction and eco-friendly outdoor exploration, Heritage River Canoe & Kayak Company readies adventurers to paddle the waters of the Grand and Nith Rivers aboard their canoes, kayaks, and rafts. The company is a member of the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association and guides are certified in first aid and CPR, rendering them able to diffuse even the largest of pool noodle fights. Most have worked on or around the river for most of their lives and also take their passion to the land as resource interpreters and nature teachers when not leading trips. On the water, they orchestrate guided river tours at various times of day, night, and season, allowing participants to witness rare sights such as the local fishes’ Boxing Day hauls. Throughout each trip, they further the company’s partnership with Grand River Conservation Authority to help preserve the ecosystem of the river and its watershed.
The rental shop staffers, located in Brant Conservation Area, can supply solo customers with rental vessels or equip them for self-guided tours with any needed boats, paddles, and star charts. Those who prefer a hand in expeditions can experience structured paddling trips through introductory lessons and day camps or board rafts to fish for small-mouth bass and other river denizens. As they drift along the river, groups may encounter the area's many bold and beautiful residents, such as red-tailed hawks, ospreys, and bald eagles, all soaring above the rare Carolinian forests to their treetop condos.
Only an hour outside of Toronto, the city skyline gives way to the towering trees of wilderness. Grand River Rafting lets visitors explore this natural wonderland under any conditions they like. Along with maintaining a fleet of rafts, kayaks, and canoes, the company targets guided tours to a variety of interests. Romantic paddling adventures top off a kissy-faced excursion with lunch, while guided moonlight paddles illuminate the stars and their constellations.
Beyond its three main modes of conveyance, Grand River encourages people to explore their surroundings with self-propelled tubes and stand-up paddleboards. For fishing amateurs or enthusiasts, Grand River hosts lessons to refine casting skills and trips to seek out steelhead trout and smallmouth bass. Plenty of outdoor experiences exist outside the water, too, including zipline courses and hikes where guides identify 40-plus trees and edible plants, such as the cheeseburger hyacinths that bloom every spring.
Nomad Adventures folds fishing and paddling into one well-rounded experience. Established in 2007, the company specializes in guided fishing trips into Lake Huron, Lake Ontario, and other local waterways, including the Niagara. The main reason Nomad can cover so many different waterways: its use of kayaks, which are able to squeeze into tight places much easier than boats. In the spring, the company's guides lead anglers onto the Great Lakes aboard these kayaks to track down brown trout, salmon, steelhead, and more; starting in July, they chase after trophy smallmouth bass. But trips aren't always in pursuit of fish. Nomad Adventures also offers paddling excursions, which explore the shorelines and offer watery views of the sunset.
From Elora to Cambridge, the Grand River rolls smoothly over a shallow bottom, averaging a mere three feet deep. That leaves just enough room for the hull of a canoe or kayak to glide smoothly down the waterway, especially when moving with the current. The guides of Canoeing the Grand?and its sister business, Tubing the Grand?are there to help visitors get their fill of all the fun this natural lazy river has to offer every day from April to November.
Before sending participants on their way, staff instructors provide guidance on how to operate the rental canoes and kayaks before bringing everyone to various put-in points. Once in the water, trips can last as little as 1.5 hours or as many as 11, allowing participants to power through a full journey or stop for a leisurely picnic. The moving flatwater also makes an ideal surface for a relaxing tubing trip. Families can plop into inflatable rings at the put-in points and simply go with the flow, never having to worry about paddling or even sitting up straight, since slouching is the first rule of relaxation.