Canoes were man's primary means of conveyance until the turn of the 20th century, when the assembly line made the mass production of horses possible. Reconnect with watery mass transit with today's Groupon: for $95, you get a country canoe tour package for two from Canoeing the Grand in Kitchener (a $224 value). This package takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Canoeing the Grand's guides lead expeditions of the gentle, scenic Grand River and its surrounding sites. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, oar dunkers shove off on the country tour package for two. The day dives into an orientation where adventurers energize with fresh muffins and coffee, receive a safety handout, and may request tutelage in basic canoe entering and exiting, paddling, safety communication, and what to do when confronted by a feral kayak. Staffers then shuttle explorers to the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market, where they can peruse farm-fresh produce, meats, and cheeses for one hour before embarking on a 30-minute guided tour of Mennonite backcountry. The tour arrives at the canoe launch, where paddlers can store their purchases safely or bring them on a two-hour guided canoe cruise to barter with great blue heron, river otter, and deer. The day concludes with a barbecue lunch on the riverbank, where the staff bequeaths a limited edition Grand River print in an imported macaroni frame to participants.
Canoeing the Grand emphasizes safety as well as entertainment, outfitting each vessel with two personal flotation devices, paddles, and a safety kit including a bailer, rope, and a whistle. Customers can add adults to their group for $59 per person, up to a total group of eight, which is ideal for skateboarding clubs seeking more peaceful outings.
Canoeing the Grand
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 folks 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.
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