Adventure in the Heart of South Ontario.  Paddling, cycling, hiking - daytrips & multiday adventures.


We're known for our Grand River trips, recreational paddling on a Canadian Heritage River.  South Ontario's largest river with relaxed paddling, historic sites & rare Carolinian forest, just an hour west of Toronto.    

 

Our Big Creek trips are true eco-adventures.  A small river under a canopy of Carolinian rain forest flowing thru a National Wildlife Area into the UNESCO World Biosphere at Long Point Bay.  We also offer sea kayaing training & trips on Long Point's large protected bay.  Ontario's South Coast at Lake Erie is almost tropical with warm water & 30km of beautiful beach.  The World Bisosphere environment & amazing scenery make a world class paddling experience.

 

Our Niagara Escarpment hiking trips makes us Canada's only adventure company running trips in 2 World Biospheres. Our Bruce Trail Waterfall Walks are all-inclusive multi-day hiking tours in the heart of Southern Ontario.

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We offer amazing Bicycle Adventures including Tours in St. Jacobs Mennonite Country which has the Ontario Signature Experience designation.

 

Along with guided trips, we offer Instructional Trips Begin with lessons in the morning then experience 1 of our trips in the afternoon with coaching from your Paddle Canada certified instructor while you enjoy the trip.  

We also provide Paddle Canada Canoe Certification Courses from introductory to instructor level.  Plus we sell Canadian Made canoes & kayaks.

 

Early Spring & late Fall we offer a litte wilder trips on the Nith River that includes an amazing Spring Whitewater adventure.

 

Grand Experiences has received honours 15 x for our Award Winning Service & commitment to our community & environment, including being selected Area's best Tourism Business & being designated as a Ontario Signature Experience.  For more on our Awards. 


Since 1997 Grand Experiences has been reviewed by many travel writers & experts from the Globe & Mail to the Discovery Channel.  Check out  Media Reviews on Grand Experiences.

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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 2016 Dates:: May 14-18,  June 10-14,  Sept 12-16,  Sept 30-Oct 4  

 

Other dates avaialble on request for groups depending on availability  Contact us to request dates

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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 4 or more


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  10 - 15% Early Booking Discounts  see trips below

The Nith River runs wild in the Heart of Ontario.  Almost unknown, seeming small in summer, but Spring rain pumps up its volume making it 1 of South Ontario’s best paddling experiences.  

The Nith offers everything from scenery to discovering lost history & amazing whitewater experiences by Canoe, Kayak & Rafting.  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.  With the urbanization of South Ontario, Communities were abandoned along the Nith River & taken back by the forest they were once carved out of, with only traces left, making for an interesting paddle.

Our Upper Nith River Experience is a calmer guided trip by canoe or kayak along an unhurried scenic route, explores the Nith River's scenery & history without whitewater.  Most of it has a 4 foot / mile elevation drop  making easy flows, with an occasional riffle thrown in to make it interesting. 

After providing great scenic paddling, the Nith changes its nature by Paris, from an experiential to a teaching river.  As it winds along quicker flows change river bends to switchbacks with elevation drops, creating opportunities to improve skills with brace strokes as you cross eddy lines.  The last 3 km elevation drop grows to 20 ft/mile & the Nith brings excitment with non-stop whitewater for a big finish.   Want to learn whitewater paddling skills?  Experience our Instructional Whitewater Paddling Trips on the Nih River.  15% Off for early booking until Feb 28

Our Adventures on the lower Nith River focus on whitewater excitement.  An excellent route to for whitewater skills.  While North Ont./Canadian Shield rivers have huge rocks, the Nith as a southern river has a gravel base & few rocks.  Its rapids, created by elevation drop, are mainly waves of water, not water wrapping around rocks.  

Our lower Nith run with its rush of early Spring Run-off is a trip anyone can do in our 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 a full experience 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 & camping as an option.

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     

 

Voyages Into Paradise

Experience South Ontario's 2 Natural Paradises, the Grand River & Royal Botanical Gardens on a 2 Day/2 Night Getaway in the Heart of Ontario.  2016 Dates : June 3- 5, July 8-10, August 12-14   *custom dates available for group.

 

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

Spend a day exploring the Grand in the elegance & power of traditional 12-passenger voyager canoes travelling the 'Highway of the Iroquois'.

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Learn about our Paradise thru a First Nations Storyteller.  Paddle to his campfire site at Turtle Island, where he'll share legends, with dance & music at his secluded island campfire in the heart of the Grand River's rare Carolinian Forest.

Enjoy your 2nd day discovering the beauty of Nature with a behind-the-scenes tour of World Famous Royal Botanical Gardens along with a guided Voyageur Canoe tour of Cootes Paradise, a restorative nature work in progress.

Experience overnight luxury thru a 2-night stay at Brant Park Inn with the amenities you expect in Paradise.   Enjoy an incredible provision of meals with exotic gourmet aboriginal themed & classic garden lunches plus the area's best restaurants, casual fine dining with fantastic waterfront view.

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PATHS LESS TRAVELLED - a CYCLING EXPERIENCE EXPLORING ST. JACOBS MENNONITE COUNTRY

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Step back in time to a simpler life with a taste of adventure on a two day cycling tour. 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.

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Cycling along trails, buggy lanes & farm roads, you visit fascinating craftsmen folk artisans and enjoy authentic Mennonite cuisine. Enjoy the Boutique hotel, with all the luxuries of modern life. Then 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!

The Path Less Travelled bicycle tour of St. Jacobs Country has been given the rare & prestigous designation Ontario Signature Experience by the Tourisum Industry Association of Ontario.

We also have a Day Trip version of the package.

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An unique South Ontario experience, sea kayaking adventure at Long Point Bay.  An UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

Long Point Bay along Ontario’s South Coast on Lake Erie is an internationally recognized World Biosphere.  Created by world’s 2nd longest sand peninsula, .  It's warm, calm waters in the large protected bay makes a paddler's paradise.

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Day trips, instructional trips, 2 day sea kayaking clinics and Adventure Getaways on Ontario's South Coast

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