Grand River Oneida Paddle . Intermediate Trip

Open 7 days per week . April to November . Reservations Required

One of the Three Sisters on the Oneida Route... our oldest railyway line.


The Oneida Route is a section of the Grand River that starts in the village of Glen Morris, ending in the town of Paris.

This route is rated intermediate because the water is more agressive with about 1km in total of shallow rapids.

These shallow rapids require skill in navigating... so we do not reccommend this route for beginners.

For beginners the Cayuga Route Route from Paris to Brant Park is a better choice.

The Oneida paddle is about 12-13kms in length and takes normally 3 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 an island 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)

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 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: Cambridge & Oneida paddlers meet at 51 William Street, Paris, On (Syl Apps Center).

         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: Cambridge & Oneida paddlers meet at 51 William Street, Paris, On (Syl Apps Center)

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

This picture was taken at the end of Noahs Ark... overlooking the Oneida Run! (now torn down)


How the Oneida 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 Three Sisters, 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.

The Oneida averages 1 meter in depth

It has 1 kilometer of stoney rapids Class 1

The river is 50-75 meters wide

You can swim in the river, but wear shoes

There are few biting bugs, no poisonous snakes

A very beautiful wilderness setting.

Lots of different birds

This route does not have an early takeout.

One can picnic on the islands

There is a portable washrooms on this route.

There are no stores along the river.

There are fresh water springs along the way

Most people take 3-5 hours to paddle

We provide dry bags for your cameras & personals

There is an emergency walk-out trail on the left side of the river.

 

People mistake muskrats as beaver... beavers have big flat tails that smack!


 Things To Experience on the Oneida Trip

Visit the 300 year old hollow syscamore tree

Have lunch on an island

Paddle about one kilometer of Class 1 splash

Drink from springs

Visit a beech forest for wild ginger and garlic

Go body surfing

See the rock with the "spring" in it.

Paddle through the famous "Three Sisters"

Try to paddle through the "eye of the needle" without touching.

 



Watch Our Body Surfing
  (3 min Video)

 

 Looking downstream on the Oneida Route from the Glen Morris Bridge