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Welcome to our Floating Classroom with Rafts on the Grand River
Experience our floating classroom on the Grand River... 1 hour west of Toronto, near Paris, Ontario.
Here is a video of what our rafting trip on the Grand River is like... a great way for teachers and students to be together for the day.
The Grand River is a shallow, warm river, averaging a meter depth and moves about 2-3km/hr... winding through a Carolinian Forest setting.
Our rafts will not tip over... you can stand up and walk around in them... we host newborns to 92 year olds... great for non-swimmers.
The rafts are like sitting around a big kitchen table... only the scenery is changing... a greta way to "Experience Everything Together".
With rafts... the guide has full control of the raft and the students... no rescuing as so often happens with canoes!
Here are the OPHEA guidelines for Paddle Rafting... grades six and up.
The cost is $35.00 per person plus HST for the floating classroom rafting trip. Price includes a guide in each raft, our education program and all equipment. Transportation not included.
Along the way we do stops to try cold spring water, visit an 1830 mine, an edible medicinal plant hike to a lookout, body surfing and team challenges like:
1) Cook Dat Egg… each raft is given tin foil, an egg and matches. They have to design a pot that will hold water, they must build a fire, boil the egg and eat it in a well done condition. If the egg is runny the team is disqualified.
2) Noah’s Rock… each team is given duct tape. They must collect wood from the bush, build & design a duct-tape boat that will support a 10lb rock in a race through rapids on the river.
3) Blind Man's Race... everyone is blind-folded in the raft except for the chosen "eye". This person sits in the front to direct. This is a race across the river and back with the leader being the eyes & direction for the team... an amazing event to watch!
Our trips average 3-5 hrs, but we can customize to fit your time window.
We have riverside picnic area & washrooms along the way... and the ability to do BBQs.
We offer programs from Grades 6 to University Levels.... with 2 different paddling routes.
For more information contact 519 442 2519 or email us.
Watch the video of this fun team challenge... Blind Mans Race!
And if you can't get permission to raft... we offer hiking classroom adventures covering the same program content.
For other outdoor learning adventures for public school grades... we highly recommend the programs hosted by the GRCA at Apps Mill... link.
2016 Reviews from Students at Winston Churchill Public School (grade 8)
"This field trip was simply amazing. The staff were very knowledgeable and they were very well trained. Also very friendly and enthusiastic. Safety was a priority (no peanuts in food). Very organized day. Very very good scenery. Very well maintained and very clean. They had fun activities off to the side eg. cave exploring, raft making, edible plants, natural spring water and hiking. Fun experience overall!"
"The floating classroom was a very educational and fun experience. The staff were very friendly and knew what they were talking about. The rafting was amazing and the scenery around the river was beautiful. The guides on the rafts were very helpful, and answered any questions we had. I recommend going on this trip! It's worth every penny."
"They had great staff and the staff knew all about the plants and history of the place. The place was well organized and easy to walk through. They provided for us while we waited when there were problems with transportation. Lastly it was very fun and they kept us safe."
"Grand River Rafting was one of the best experience I've ever had, even for inexperienced people. The environment was very well cared for and preserved, making it very intriguing. Not only was the staff educated but they were very friendly, which made the rafting much more fun. Safety precautions were key, so I wasn't scared of trying new things. Everything was planned from the activities to the food, which made everything flow smoothly. They were also very thoughtful, and acknowledged my needs. Not only was it fun but it was also very informative, making it a promising experience."
" Had a wonderful trip, the guides were friendly and knowledgeable, had many new experiences, the little stops in between the raft trip was fun."
"I had a good experience at the hiking classroom. We learned what plants you can eat, and what plants are poisonous. One of the activities we did was making a fire, I liked making a fire. We got to find different things to make it. Another great thing they did for us was make us lunch. They had even made cookies. To top it off we got told about the First Nations and how they lived. This is a trip I would go on again."
Splash Wars... with no mercy for teachers... sometimes no mercy for students!