Grand River Cayuga Paddle . Beginner Trip

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

A view looking up river on the Cayuga Paddle from the bluffs that we hike to.

Links to our main paddling routes... the Oneida Route  .   the Cayuga Route

The Cayuga paddle is an excellent beginner trip for those new to the Grand River.

But 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 rounded rocks can tip you.

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

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

The start point is 3 km north of the Rest Acres Rd exit, just off the 403 Highway. It is very easy to get to.

This 13 km paddle starts at the edge of the town of Paris... drifting through a wilderness setting to the Brant Conservation Area. There are no stores on the river.

There is a portable washroom at the start point... but for those who like flush toilets we provide a map to the Tim Hortons locations on our reservation form.

Start times 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm.

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How the Trip Works:

1)  You must make a reservation in advance... we don't want you to arrive with us being sold out. In the reservation you can choose your own starting time.

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

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

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

5)  At a marked point near the end, those without a guide call to alert us that they are near the end point.

6)  We meet you at the end point, collect all the equipment... then shuttle you back upstream to your vehicle.  The return shuttle ride is about 20 minutes.

For Reservations Call 519-442 2519 or email us at

Map of Cayuga Route on the Grand River ...about 13 km

The Cayuga Route is the only trip that has a riverside fully equipped picnic area.

The picnic site is privately owned by Grand River Rafting... and is only available to our customers.

We provide picnic tables, a fire pit & two portable washrooms on our riverside property.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 does not have rapids, but it does move gently along.

Body Surfing Video on the Grand River

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

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.