Canoe Lessons Southern Ontario | Toronto

 Open 7 days a week . April til November . Reservations Required 

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Do a canoe lesson and trip as you paddle the Grand River... 1 hour west of Toronto, London, Waterloo and Niagara, Ontario.

This is a practical hands-on canoeing lesson for leisure recreational paddling. If seeking certification take our ORCKA Course.

After the 1 hour  lesson you can do a trip with the instructor...  or take a map and enjoy the day on your own.

The  Cayuga canoe route is excellent for beginners... avergaes 1 meter in depth with a gentle moving current to help paddle down the river.

The canoe lesson route has an early take out with picnic area and washrooms for those wanting a break.

You can bring your own canoe and take a lesson then do a trip. Cost to shuttle your own canoe is $35 plus HST for 2 people on the Cayuga Route

See below for our two types of canoe lesson options and rates.

For Reservations Call 519-442 2519 or email at info@grandriverrafting.ca 

Beginner Canoeing Lesson without a Guided Trip   Option #1  

Starts with a one hour lesson and then you paddle on your own without an instructor... on an easy section of the river for 2-3 hours... following a map.

The canoeing lesson starts with a land-base instruction. It covers equipment needed, how to paddle, getting in & out of the canoe without tipping, canoe safety and what to look for in purchasing a canoe.

On the water, we practice the entry technique, ease of balance, steering and paddle strokes. Once everyone is comfortable the group is given a map to follow to the exit point on the river... and then they launch for a 2-3 hour paddle. This is a one-way paddle where you paddle back to your vehicle at the end of the trip.  

Cost for 2 people per canoe with lesson $130.00 total plus HST

For the canoeing lesson the following equipment is supplied... canoe, paddle, life jacket, safety kit, dry bag, river map and shuttle

We use the Canadian made 16ft Prospector Canoe by Nova Craft, London, Ont


Beginner Canoeing Lesson with Guidded Trip   Option # 2  

Starts with a one hour lesson, followed by a 2.5 hour trip where... the instructor stays with you for the entire paddling experience.

The canoe lesson starts out on land-base instruction. It covers equipment needed, how to paddle, getting in & out of the canoe without tipping, canoe safety and what to look for in purchasing a canoe.

On the river, we practice the entry technique, ease of balance, steering and paddle strokes. Once everyone is comfortable... the group launches with the instructor for a two hour trip down the Grand River paddling to their vehicles.

Canoe is $80.00 per two people plus HST... the guide-instructor per group is $145.00 plus HST.

For the canoeing lesson the following equipment is supplied... canoe, paddle, life jacket, safety kit, dry bag, guide-instructor and shuttle.

How Your Canoe Lesson Trip Works:

You must make a reservation before arriving!

Once you reserve, we send driving instructions & what to bring. We meet you at the start point in Paris with the canoe, paddles, life jackets &  phone dry bags.

Our instructors does a 1 hour teaching lesson on land & water... giving you the skills to paddle a canoe.

Once the instructor sees the desired competence, and you are comfortable... we shuttle you upstream to do a 2-3 hr trip down the Grand River.

Near the end, you call us when coming in.

 Looking down on the Cayuga Run... a beautiful setting of solitude.


Visit our other Grand River paddling site called "Best of the Grand"... Heritage River Canoe and Kayak Company.