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 $38, you get a three-hour guided kayak or canoe tour of the Grand River from Heritage River Canoe & Kayak Company, based in Brantford (a $79.95 value).
Heritage River, a member of the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association, outfits water rovers with kayaks or canoes in order to lead them on guided tours down the scenic Grand River, traveling from Paris to Brant Conservation Area. After a 30-minute introductory course acquainting paddlers of all skill levels with the basics of river navigation and river-nymph etiquette, an instructor guides aqua cruisers on a safe and serene 2.5-hour trip. While skimming across the Grand River’s pristine surface, boaters can take in views of picturesque environs and espy a variety of flora and fauna, such as ospreys and red-tailed hawks. Heritage River provides all the necessary equipment, including life jackets, safety kits, opera gloves, and paddles.
Heritage River Canoe & Kayak Company
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.