The Grand Experience

4 hr Guided Trip
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Guided paddling adventure on the Grand River. Authentic experience led by professional interpretive guides to help you discover the Canadian Heritage River's rich cultural history & rare Carolinian forests.

One of our best routes, Paris to Brant Park departs from the private docks at our 145-year-old Outfitters shop in Paris Ontario. View unique riverside architecture as you paddle through the heart of one of Canada's prettiest towns. As your guide tells the stories behind the scenery, a true cultural experience on the river comes alive with their legends of settlement & First Nations history.
Leaving Paris you paddle into the Carolinian Forest, experiencing Canada's most bio-diverse region with hundreds of species of rare fish, birds, and plants.
The Grand River here is a relaxing paddle with calm currents to move you along, plus dashes of small swifts to keep your interest piqued. All of our guides are Paddle Canada certified, many at instructor levels, and can coach you on paddling skills as you traverse the river.

Along the route discover the old abandoned gypsum mines at Mile Hill, learn about a miners life in early 1800's Canadian Wilderness, and about how the town of Paris got its name. Then taste the refreshing, natural cold spring water flowing from the hillside to revitalize the river and you.

Deepen the experience hiking into the Carolinian Forest on the Trail of the White Cedar. Find rare species like Shag Bark Hickory as you hike to a scenic lookout over the valley. Your interpretative guide will introduce you to a world thought long past and help you picture the Indigenous tribe that frequented those same paths 400 years ago.

Paddle on to where the Grand meets a spring-fed creek, famous across North America for trout fishing, and learn the Native legend of Whiteman's Creek. Your guide will share many more authentic experiences along this unique adventure before arriving at Grand Experiences' landing in Brant Conservation Area. Here we have scenic riverside campsites as we offer overnight adventure versions of this trip with camping or lodge accommodation.

Our shuttle service transports you back to Paris, where you can finish your adventure with the Apr's Paddle at one of Paris' many establishments. Paris with its pubs, cafes & shops is the Apr's Paddle capital of south Ontario.

- your boat and all paddling gear
- Paddle Canada certified guide
- shuttle service from trip's landing back to free parking in Paris

Order by phone, at our shop or on-line with the form below.
While date needed for on-line orders, dates are flexible & e z to change

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This trip is offered on: Tue Thu Sun Sat Fri Wed Mon
Between: Nov 5, 2019 and Oct 30, 2020

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