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We provide Grand Experiences, amazing canoe, kayak, raft, 12-person Voyageur Canoe, bicycle & hiking daytrips & multi-day adventures in awesome places, in the Heart of South Ontario.

 

We are known for trips along the Grand River, South Ontario's biggest river, largest forest & part of the Trans Canada Trail.  A Canadian Heritage River with rare Carolinian forest, a natural oasis an hour west of Toronto.  Check out some of the amazing sights.

 

Our Nith river & forest trips are wilder with single track biking / hiking trails and amazing Spring whitewater.  Further out our Big Creek trips are true eco-adventures flowing thru 2 National Wildlife Areas to Long Point World Biosphere.  

 

One of South Ontario's premier Outdoor Adventure companies & only one offering tours in 2 World Biospheres with Instructional Sea Kayaking Adventures on Long Point Bay plus 5 Day & 2 Day Bruce Trail Walking Tours along the Niagara Escarpment.


Along with regular style trips we offer Instructional trips combining top quality instruction accompanied by  a trip on one o our routes to try out your new skills.  We also provide a wide range of Paddle Canada Canoe Certification Courses from introductory to instructor level.

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Award Winning Service

Grand Experiences has won 15 awards for our service plus commitment to the community & environment.   9 are Shinning Star Awards including Best Aboriginal Experience, for our Voyage into Paradise Trips

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 Recently we were awarded out area's best Tourism Business by the County of Brant.

For 2015 our Path Less Travelled bicycle tour of St. Jacobs Mennonite Country has just been chosen as a Ontario Signature Experience.

Media Reviews.  Since 1997 Grand Experiences has been reviewed by dozens of travel writers & media experts ranging from the Globe & Mail to the Discovery Channel.  To see a list of recent reviews check out What The Media Has to Say About Grand Experiences.

 30% Early Booking Discounts  see trips below

The Nith River has secrets worth exploring.  Running wild in Heartland of Ont. it is almost unknown.  Seeming small in summer, it is much more interesting when Spring rain pumps up its volume, becoming 1 of Ontario’s best paddling experiences.  

The Nith River offers everything from discovering lost history & scenery to a section with an amazing fun whitewater experience.   the mouth of the Nith River flows into the Grand River at Paris, Ont.  But the 2 rivers are quite different.  The mysterious Nith River wanders 150 kilometres thru forests & meadows across a region & 3 counties in rural South Central Ontario, with hardly anyone knowing where it is.  Much of the area was abandoned by urbanization of South Ontario.  Communities abandoned along the Nith River were taken back by the forest they were once carved out of.  Settlements like Riverside & Hoobies Hollow have only traces left.  Abandoned iron bridges, foundations & dams found along the river making for an interesting paddle.

The rare Nith River meanders north, south, east & west thru the countryside.  Our Upper Nith River Experience is a guided trip by canoe or kayak along this unhurried scenic route.

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Most of it has just 4 foot per mile elevation drop  making easy flows, with an occasional riffle thrown in to make it interesting. But in its last 10 kilometres it desends into the Grand River Valley & elevation drop per mile increases.  

After providing days worth of awesome scenic paddling, the Nith changes its nature as it nears Paris. From an experiential river to a teaching river, as it winds along the quicker flows change river bends to switchbacks with elevation drops, creating opportunities to improve skills with brace strokes as you cross eddy currents.  In the last 3 km the elevation drop increases to 20 ft/mile & the Nith brings the excitment with non stop whitewater for its big finish.

Our Nith River Adventures in the lower Nith focus on whitewater excitement.  It is an excellent route to experience & learn whitewater skills.  While North Ontario/Canadian Shield rivers typically have huge rocks, the Nith as a southern river has a gravel base & way less rocks.  Its rapids are created by elevation drop & are mainly waves of water, not water wrapping around rocks.  

On the lower Nith with the rush of early Spring Run-off we offer a trip anyone can do, Whitewater Rafting Adventures.  For more experienced paddlers we offer guided whitewater daytrips by canoe & kayak in April & May.  For people new to whitewater paddling or desiring some new skills we offer  1 day instructional whitewater trips,  And we have options for overnights on theses trips.

For those wishing to avoid whitewater we offer the guided day trip on the upper Nith  exploring the Nith River's scenery & history without rapids.  And our 2 day Nith River Adventure Getaway is the best of both.  1 day exploring the scenic & historic upper Nith where you can practice skills with your experienced guide.  Then on day 2 uou do a 1/2 day of full instruction then tackle the exciting whitewater section with the benefit of the extra experience plus a relaxing night at the Historic Arlington Hotel.

We also offer groups trips with multiday packages with camping as an option and extra adventure.

For reviews of our Nith River Adventures check out theses reviews by noted travel writers

Toronto Star - Spring in Paris a Wet & Wild Experience   

GoodLife Magazine - Rafting on the Nith     

 

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Bruce Trail Waterfall Walks

Imagine being immersed in a scenic getaway full of waterfalls, Carolinian forests, with Canada's widest range of plants & wildlife species. Our Bruce Trail Waterfall Walk provide you with a unique tour in one of Southern Ontario's most scenic locations. Full of gorgeous and relaxing waterfalls, the Bruce Trail is the ultimate place to be for all scenic lovers.


Whether you simply enjoy hiking, taking photos, want to get away for a couples or girl's weekends, or simply just want to experience the exhilarting waterfall rush of Spring, the lush forst canopy of summer, or the beautiful view of Fall Colours on the Escarpment, the Trail has to a grand experience to offer you.

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Choose from 2 fantastic options tailored to you so you can relax & enjoy your vacation in style

5 Day/ 4 Night Tour which featuring a tour of 28 different waterfalls and a variety of other breath taking views along the way, luxury accomodations, gourmet meals & experienced guides

Available dates: May 14-18,  June 15-19,  Sept 14-19,  Oct 5-9

Other dates avaialble on request for groups of 7 or more

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2 Day/ 2 Night Tour that features 19 stunning waterfalls, & many other scenic views, 2 luxury accomodations, gourmet meals & experienced guides

Available dates: May 15-17, May 29-31,  June 12-14, Aug 21-23, Sept 14-16, Oct 2-4, Oct 16 - 18

Other dates avaialble on request for groups of 7 or more


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PATHS LESS TRAVELLED

CYCLING EXPERIENCE EXPLORING ST. JACOBS MENNONITE COUNTRY


2015 Trip Dates:  2 Days / 2 Night  Fri night - Sunday afternoon

May 8-10,  May 29-31,  June 19-21,  July 10-12,  July 31-Aug 2,  Aug 28-30,  Sept 18-20,  Oct 2-4,  Oct 16-18

All other dates are available upon request for groups of 9 or more

And as it is still early we are also open to suggestions for other trip dates




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Paths Less Travelled involves stepping back in time to a simpler life, with a little adventure.  Experience St. Jacobs Mennonite Country, touring its Grand River Valley setting on bicycles, paddling the Canadian Heritage River by canoe and discovering the beautiful simplicity of Old Order Mennonite Culture.  Cycling along trails, buggy lanes & farm roads, you visit fascinating craftsmen who use manual machinery as old as Canada to repair horse harnesses and do woodworking. Following the Conestogo River rolling through meadows you’ll enjoy a magnificent country-style lunch made on an Old Order Mennonite farm. You will spend the night in a Boutique hotel and wake up to an early morning of behind the scenes at St. Jacobs Village shops and famous market as well as sampling locally crafted beer from Block 3 Brewery.  History, culture, art, story tellers, a great place to stay and a beautiful landscape, the Path Less Travelled has it all!

Voyages Into Paradise

Experience Southern Ontario's 2 Natural Paradises

Grand River & Royal Botanical Gardens

on a 2 Day/2 Night Getaway in the Heart of Ontario

2015 Dates Available for Booking Now   

2015 Dates May 22-24, June 26-28, July 24-26, Aug 21-23

*custom dates possible for group bookings. Call for availabilty

 

A Native themed journey along the Grand River in 12 person Voyageur Canoes combine a rare Carolinian Forest Paradise with the cultivated beauty of the World Famous Royal Botanical Gardens, including a behind-the-scenes tour of some our most remakable garden surrounding Cootes Paradise. 

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Spend a day exploring the Grand in the elegance & power of traditional 12-passenger voyager canoes travelling the 'Highway of the Iroquois'. Learn about our Paradises' history thru encounters with a First Nations Storyteller.  Paddle to his campfire site at Turtle Island, where he'll share legends, dance & music at his campfire on his secluded island in the heart of the Grand River's rare Carolinian Forest.

Enjoy your second day discovering the beauty of Nature with a behind-the-scenes tour of the World Famous Royal Botanical Gardens along with a guided Voyageur Canoe tour of Cootes Paradise, a restorative nature work in progress.

Overnight experience luxury through a 2-night stay at Burlington's Waterfront Hotel with all the amenities you'd expect in Paradise.   Enoy an incredible provision of meals. Enjoy exotic gourmet aboriginal themed lunch & classic garden lunches on your excursions plus choose from 2 of the area's best restaurants, from fine dining to rustic cottage with fantastic waterfront view.

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