Since the invention of inflation, prices for groceries have skyrocketed and rivers have become traversable. Enjoy the scenic side of economics with today's Groupon: for $21, you get a three- to four-hour guided rafting journey down the Grand River from Grand Experiences (a $42 value, including tax). Trips meet in Paris, Ontario, about a 90-minute drive from downtown Toronto. This Groupon expires October 31, so be sure to schedule your trip before the rafts are overtaken by lazy fish.
Grand Experiences offers safe and easy rafting adventures for novice nature communers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Your Groupon is good for a three- to four-hour paddle-powered journey in a four-, six-, or eight-person raft along one of two nature-adjacent routes through the Grand River Valley. For a slow float along the wildlife-studded forests, opt for the Cayuga run, a smooth journey with small spurts of rapids, during which you might spot great blue herons, mallards, ospreys, Welsh corgis, and painted turtles. Or, for a more adventure-filled ride, set sail on the Oneida run, with more frequent low-key rapids and a hiking stop to a scenic vista. Both routes run about 10 to 12 km and are led by experienced guides who are well versed in local history and the dark paddling arts.
Both of the Grand Experiences river floats are suitable for rafters of all levels, and all the gear, equipment, and rushing river water you'll need is included in the price of the deal. So take this chance to get away from the city for a few hours, drink in the fresh air, and reconnect with the element that makes up 70 per cent of your body and 62 per cent of your adventure stories.
For the Cayuga run, the $5 entrance fee to Brant Park is not included.
- Through the long light of late afternoon, we float through the “Exceptional Waters” section of the Grand, from Paris to the north end of Brantford, so named for the cold waters entering the river from springs and creeks that make exceptional fish habitat and for the virtually untouched Carolinian forest – James Raffan, Canadian Geographic
- It feels as if we're floating over the roof of the world as we paddle past half-submerged trees, a waterlogged outhouse and a school bus with water lapping at its wheels. – Carol Perehudoff, Star