Paris to Brantford – Grand River Canoe & Kayak Route
This canoe & kayak route is also approximately 3 hours. While still very scenic, it does have a few more houses and man-made structures visible. You will pass through a section of the Grand that has the special designation of “Exceptional Waters” it is so designated because of many fresh water springs and streams feeding in along this section.
|Grand River Canoe& Kayak Route||Length||Start Times||Level||Services OfferedOn This Route|
|Paris to Brantford||3 to 4 hours||8:30am, 1:30pm||Easy|
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Facts and History
Points of interest - Downtown Paris, Bean Park, Paris/Galt Morraine, The Bloop, Early 1800’s Gypsum Mine, GVTA Trail & Riverview Lookout, EBOR Park, Pertched Fen, Whiteman’s Creek, Five Oaks, Sarah’s Island,
Wildlife - you may see in this section; Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, Beaver, Whitetail deer, Muskrat, Belted Kingfishers, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawks, Turkey Vultures.
Description - This canoe and kayak route is a section of the Grand River that was historically the “highway” of this part of Southern Ontario. Families really enjoy this section of the river as the current offers a little fun as some gentle rapids make your paddling a little easier. This route is perfect for novices.
This section of the Grand River has been bestowed with the remarkable distinction of being designated as “Exceptional Waters” by the Grand River Conservation Authority. There is also a large population of Rainbow Trout found in this section of the river. This is due to the many pure, cold water springs and tributaries flowing into the river as it makes its way from Paris to Brantford.
Along this route you will notice the abandoned Gypsum mines. These mines are actually where the town of Paris got its name, as Plaster of Paris was manufactured from the Gypsum mined here.
There is also the opportunity to stop for a short hike that will take you up to the top of one of the best and most scenic lookouts in the entire Grand River Valley. It is a beautiful view and worthwhile side adventure.
Continuing on your journey, keep your eyes open for the opportunity to spot some of the area’s majestic Great Blue Herons, which have a large communal nesting site or “rookery” close to the mouth of Whiteman’s Creek. You may see many of them fishing here along the banks. Several Osprey nests also dot the shoreline along this route, and you might spot several common species of waterfowl too.
Once you reach the Brant Conservation Area you can enjoy a swim, a picnic or even arrange a campsite to extend your stay. This is a popular option for many of our clients.