Grand River Cayuga Paddle . Beginner Trip

Open 7 days a week . April to October . Reservations required. 

A view from the bluffs ofthe Grand River on the Cayuga Paddle


The Cayuga paddle is our suggested beginner trip for those new to the Grand River.  

It starts in the town of Paris and ends 12kms downstream at the Brant Park Conservation

The Cayuga paddle is about 12-13kms in length and takes normally 3-4 hours to do... but can take shorter or longer if river speed varies from normal.

At about the 9km mark Grand River Rafting has a picnic area with washrooms... also on this route is spring water and areas where you can go body surfing. 

There are no stores along the paddling section of the river... so you need to bring your lunches & water with you.

For Reservations you can book on line or call 519-442 2519 or email us at info@grandriverrafting.ca

We have 5 trips on the Grand River... the Cambridge Paddle (20km Cambridge to Paris), the Oneida Paddle (12km Glen Morris to Paris), the Oneida-Cambridge Paddle (24km Glen Morris to Brant Park) and the Cayuga Paddle (12km Paris to Brant Park) and the Mohawk Paddle (Brant Park to Cockshutt Bridge, Brantford)

 

 Weekend Start Times 

Paddling Route
Distance
Paddling Time
Start Time
 
Details
Cambridge to Paris
20 km
5 hours
10am
 
Link
Oneida (Glen Morris to Paris)
12 km
3-4 hrs
10am   11am   12pm
 
ComboRun (Oneida-Cayuga)
24 km
6-7 hrs
8:50am
 
Link
Cayuga (Paris to Brant Park)
12 km
3-4 hrs

8:50am  9:50am

 
 
 
 
10:50am 11:50am 12:50pm 
 
 

Note: Cayuga paddlers meet at 119, Jennings Rd, Brantford, On (Brant Park Conservation).

         Only Turbo Tubers go to 142 West River Rd South, Brant, On  (43.218839, -80.359428)


 Weekday Start Times

Paddling Route
Distance
Paddling Time
Start Time
 
Details
Cambridge to Paris
20 km
5 hours
10am
 
Link
Oneida (Glen Morris to Paris)
12 km
3-4 hrs
9:30am   11:30am   
 
ComboRun (Oneida-Cayuga)
24 km
6-7 hrs
9am
 
Link
Cayuga (Paris to Brant Park)
12 km
3-4 hrs
9am   11am   1pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Note: Cayuga paddlers meet at 119, Jennings Rd, Brantford, On (Brant Park Conservation).

         Only Turbo Tubers go to 142 West River Rd South, Brant, On  (43.218839, -80.359428)


Please be aware... that this section does have a 200m set of swifts (rapids) just before the 2nd bridge... the water is shallow, about 1 meter... but don't be deceived, the current can be fast even in shallow water. And as the river becomes low, this section becomes bumpy because of the rocks.

We recommend you kneel on the bottom of the canoe through this section to keep your boat stable... and always keep your boat pointed downstream.

Even if skilled at paddling lakes... paddling a river is different... the current created over rocks can tip you.

Also be aware that your boat is more prone to tipping if you have passengers in the middle of a canoe. Shifting passengers in bumpy water... can make a canoe very tippy and difficult to manage.

If unsure of your skill levels... please talk to our staff to make them aware.

 This section is known for sighting Osprey... which dive down and catch fish... amazing to see!


How the Cayuga Trip Works:

1)  You must make a reservation in advance... we don't want you to arrive with us being sold out. 

2) Once you reserve, we send driving instructions & what to bring.

3) When you arrive, you register, get orientation about your trip. If going without a guide, a river map is provided and reviewed.

4) Next you are shuttled upstream to paddle back to your vehicle. 

5) Along the way you can explore and swim... the day is timeless... no set time to be off!

6)  At the Pedestrian Bridge, those without a guide call to alert us that they are about 45 minutes away.

7)  We meet you at the end point, collect all the equipment... and you walk about 400m back to your parked vehicle and the washrooms.

8) If looking for food... here is a link to local restaurants nearby.

 

Map of Cayuga Route on the Grand River ...about 12 km

The Cayuga Route is the only trip that has a riverside early take out point... if you get tired.

There is a picnic area... so bring your lunch! 

We provide picnic tables, a fire pit & two portable washrooms. Gas BBQs can be rented.

There is also a 400 m long body surfing area here. In June the river gets up to 23 Celcius.

For families with small children or seniors, the Cayuga picnic area serves as an early takeout point. Cuts off about an hour.

There are few biting bugs on the river and there are no poisonous snakes.

The river averages 1 meter in depth with 2 meter deep swimming spots... about 50 meters wide.

The Cayuga section river speed is around 2-3kms per hour. A gentle nut beautiful wilderness setting.

Body Surfing Video on the Grand River

 Things To Experience on the Cayuga Route

Drink from fresh water springs

Visit an 1830 gypsum mine

Wildlife to see... turtles, fish,muskrats,deer, eagles, herons, vultures and all kinds of birds

Paddle past a Blue Heron nesting area with 80 nests all together

Do a hike on edible medicinal plants

Learn local First Nations History

Splash in the coldness of Whiteman's Creek

Have a picnic lunch right along the river shoreline

Experience body surfing down the river in your life jacket.

The lush beauty of the forest is always worth the hike to explore.