Welcome to the Grand River Rafting Company

 Grand River Rafting, Canoe, Kayak Trips & Rentals in Southern Ontario. 

Just one hour west of Toronto. Safe for all ages, sizes & skill levels.

We are in the midst of installing a new website and booking system... so presently you can only book by emailing or calling us 519-442-2519

Our applogies as we go through these growing pains!  

 Video Link of Rafting the Grand River Near Toronto...

Grand River Rafting offers family rafting trips, Grand River canoe trips, kayak trips on the Grand Riverriver tubing and stand up paddleboard trips near Paris, Ontario.

For beginners... canoe lessons, kayak lessons and Stand Up Paddleboard lessons are available before your trip. 

Our adventures can be guided trips or self-guided with a river map. 

For overnight  camping & campsites on the Grand River we have four secluded campsites right on the river.

We offer numerous "Grand experiences" besides paddling.

Discover Turbo Tubing the Grand River video... for 3 years and up! (information)

If looking for what to do after your river trip, visit other things to do near Paris

Vist our blog for Grand River Stories and paddling adventures on the Grand River.

If looking for a unique gift to give... visit our Gift Certificates  

For the "Best of the Grand" visit Heritage River Canoe & Kayak Website.

Contact... info@grandriverrafting.ca (email best choice) or 519 442 2519

Available 7 days per week . May to October . Reservations Required  

Located 1 Hour West of Toronto in Southern Ontario


Cancellation Policy

Trips cancelled 48 hours prior to departure will receive a full refund.

Trips cancelling later then 48 hours will lose 25% of payment.

Trips cancelled on the day of the event will not receive a refund.

Trips cancelled by Grand River Rafting due to weather... can be rescheduled or fully refunded.


About Us...

If you are looking for a unique Canadian paddling experience...

Then you are knocking at the right door.

We show the Grand River the way we would to our best friends.

Making the connection... instead of the transaction.

We travel timeless... we laugh a lot... we take it all in...

Hosting over 40,000 people yearly with a staff of 50 people to serve you... we do it well!


Garth Pottruff


     Chad Pottruff


For a top notch guided trip, look no further then Grand River Rafting. We have been on three wonderful excursions with them… a relaxing educational afternoon, a magical starlight trip… and a custom-designed rambunctious party trip with a scrumptious BBQ for 40 people. These folks know the river, know rafting and know quality customer service… call them!”               Wendy & Dwayne Down, Brantford, Ontario 


Grand River Rafting has many start points... below is an interactive map. Click Here to view where we are located in relation to the rest of Ontario.


Grand River Rafting Videos About the Valley 

Rafting the Best of the Grand video (above) is an interview with "First Timers" to the valley!



Rafting the Grand ... this  is a video showing what the rafting experience is like through the lens of one of our clients... they were paddling the Cayuga Route. (4 mins)


Teacher of the Year... talks to TVO about their class experience with Grand River Rafting. (our segment starts 1 minute into the video). This video gives a taste of what our Hiking Classrooms are like.  (3 mins)

 Blind Man's Race... a school & corporate team buliding favorite where all you need is your imagination. This video lets you travel in the raft with a competing high school team of girls. (3.5 mins)

Making Fire by spinning a golden rod shaft on basswood. As part of our many aboriginal adventures.... Mike the Knapper offers a 3 hour experience making arrowheads from stone, making string from plants and using hand-fire drills. (10mins)

Edible Plant Hike & Making Medicine Bags with Leon our Metis Drummer. An opportunity for half the class to hike while the other half makes medicine bags.

Raft, Canoe, Kayak Tube or SUP down the river and fill up your water bottle with water from the cold aquifiers flowing out from the banks. (1 minute)

Try Body Surfing... even non-swimers can enjoy this experience of floating down the river in your life jacket. (2.5 mins)


Best White Water Rafting in Southern Ontario... rafting the Nith River is an easy family splash trip but only occurs after the winter melt or heavy rainfall. (3 mins)


Garth Takes Girls Down River... this video is on the Oneida Route, it shows climbing the hollow sycamore tree (7 mins)


Our Non-Tip River Yaks... kayaking the Grand River in our two man yaks which are part kayak and part raft... is a relaxing way to explore the river.



Articles About the Grand River Valley  (click on titles to view articles)

Unique Outdoor Learning Adventures - Our Grand Experiences on the Grand River

Try Grand River Rafting's "grand-experiences", learn an adventure not yet tried! Enjoy the unique experience of learning while paddling or hiking the Grand River Valley. link to our grand experiences near Paris Ontario


Grand River Kayak Trips ... Lessons & Trips on the Grand River for Beginners

A kayak trip where one learns how to kayak while paddling the Grand River in Southern Ontario. An excellent kayak lesson for beginners. One hour west of Toronto. link to grand river kayak rentals near Toronto 


Canoe Trips Near Toronto ... Beginner Canoe Trips Down the Grand River of Southern Ontario

Grand River canoe trips is where many beginners learn how to canoe. This canoeing river is within one hour of Toronto... near the 403 Highway. link to kayak canoe rentals near Toronto 


Toronto Family Rafting on the Grand River of Southern Ontario

Toronto's nearby Grand River offers rafting trips for families or groups. Significant cost savings by choosing a self-guided where you raft & swim down the Grand River without a guide. link to family rafting on the Grand River


School Trips Near Toronto ... Rafting or Hiking Experiences to Learn About the Outdoors

Outdoor learning adventures for schools wishing an educational trip with numerous experiences. These 4-5 hour floating classrooms or hiking adventures are worth the one hour drive from Toronto. link to school day trips ontario  


Full moon rafting and kayak trips on the Grand River … a night of learning the stars... layback on the raft and discover the galaxy above. link to star gazers drift on the Grand River 


Grand River Family Fishing Trip … Smallmouth Bass ... Steelhead Trout 

Discover family fishing on the the Grand River with over 80 different types of fish. This beautiful river winds through a vast pristine wilderness. It offers an excellent day of fishing for all ages and skill level. link to smallmouth bass grand river 


White Water Rafting… A Wilderness Escape… Between Toronto and Niagara Falls 

Discover white water rafting near Toronto - Niagara Falls, within a 90 minute travel window. This back road rafting adventure… is a great “time out” between two major tourist cities. link to white rafting southen ontario


Ontario’s Grand River …  A Weekend Getaway ... Paris on the Grand ... Southern Ontario 

Travel a short distance from Toronto to discover wilderness paddling, boutique shopping, accommodations, great food…at reasonable costs! Welcome to "Paris on the Grand"…one hour west of Toronto. link to other things to do in Paris  


Big Creek Canoe Trip ... Big Creek Kayak Trip ... Information on Paddling Big Creek, Ontario 

The Big Creek canoe trip in Southern Ontario, is on the remote side. This river is best handled in a canoe, but kayaks do work. Long Point Eco-Adventures is presently the best outfitter to use. link to Big Creek canoe kayak trips  

We offer Unique Outdoor Adventures that step you in a different direction...

In October 2019 our used rental boats are for sale... we have canoes, kayaks, tandem kayaks, stand up paddleboards and tubes... see our used boat sale page.