The Grand River

South Ontario's largest river, the Grand is located in the heart of Southern Ontario & is easily accessible for canoeing & kayaking, just an hour west of Toronto & only 90 minutes northwest of Niagara Falls.  The Grand River flows 300 kilometres from it's source in the Caledon Hills, to its mouth at Port Maitland on Lake Erie.  It flows past the historic communities of Elora, Kitchener, Cambridge, Paris, Brantford, the Six Nations Native Reserve, Caledonia & Dunnville.


The Grand was designated a Canadian Heritage River for its early effect on Canada's cultural mosaic.   Earlier Native settlements were along the Grand River for thousands of years.  6 Nations Iroquois Natives, Germans, Mennonites, English, irish, Scots & others all settled in the Grand River Valley in the 1700's & 1800's.   The Grand has lots of history to share, from Native to early European Settlements.

Renowned for its recreational opportunities, water quality cultural heritage & wildlife, the Grand River offers paddling trips for novice & experienced paddlers.nterested in 2 hour trips or a 6 day expedition, this newly updated guide has everything you need. Include full colour maps,displaying access points, portages with aerial photos, points of interest & photography. Plus details on local sights,, fishing, accommodations, parking & GPS coordinates for navigation.

This guide is perfect for anyone considering a trip on the Grand. Invaluable for an afternoon's excursion or a multi-day adventure on thsi beautiful Hertiage River1

Written by staff at the Grand River Conservation Authority with guide Jamie Kent, Paddling the Grand River is now better than ever.

Founded in 1934 the Grand River Conservation Authority manages water & other natural resources on behalf of 38 municipalities in the Grand's Watershed. Largest in Southern Ontario.

Jamie Kent is owner operator of Grand Experiences. an outdoor adventure company operting on the Grand since 1997, a Paddle Canada Instructor-Trainer & expert on the area's history, lora & fauna