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Grand River Rafting Company

Paris, Canada
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About Grand River Rafting Company
Grand River Rafting offers 2-5 hour wilderness paddles near Toronto, Ontario. As you paddle, you can try fresh water springs, go swimming, view wildlife or picnic on an island. Choose from five routes with a selection of 9 different boats. Located about 60-90 minutes from London, Waterloo, Toronto and Niagara.
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Jody S wrote a review Jun. 20
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
We went out on Big Creek with Garret Reid and had a great time! Packed up sunscreen, snacks and water bottles, put on our quick-dry clothes and met up at the meeting point to be ferried upstream. The outfitters took care of the equipment and the transportation, which makes things very simple - just sit back and enjoy. - Go at your own pace - The tubes are easy to manoeuvre - you'll see lots of wildlife, I really enjoyed this unique perspective on the forest - from the water's edge. Highly recommend and a great value for a good time you will remember.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Mammig wrote a review Dec. 2020
Windsor, Canada150 contributions64 helpful votes
I am so sorry I left my review for the wrong company. This was the best experience my hubby and I have had especially during covid. The staff was friendly, professional, helpful and fun. Our instructor Bob* LOL, was informative, interesting and funny. We loved this experience so much and can't wait to return especially when its not 90 degrees in the shade. We could not have asked for better from start to finish. Highly recommend this experience for young and old!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Elena wrote a review Oct. 2020
Hamilton, Canada4 contributions
We did 2 trips down the river this year. First time in individual boats and then as a group. Both times were so fun! The tour was well organized and the staff was really friendly! We had fun time splashing each other mixed with some relaxing times drifting down the river! I would strongly recommend this company and trip for families and friend groups of pretty much all ages!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Mike D wrote a review Sep. 2020
Welland, Canada69 contributions27 helpful votes
Great two days of Kayaking. Brought our own and used their shuttle service. Everything went off without a hitch for the most part. We were the first trip of both days, but were the victim of other paddlers being late. Caused us to start late as well. Staff were great, explaining the river and what to expect. Gave us some tips as this was our first trip on running water (usually paddle lakes and the Welland Canal), which were very valuable. Loaded and unloaded our kayaks for us. Top notch service for sure.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Jennifer L. wrote a review Sep. 2020
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I am definitely a beginner paddler, and a little out of shape if I am honest. I was under the assumption that you would just float down the river and would need the paddle mostly for steering and in a few slower spots. If you do not paddle the ENTIRE way it will take forever. We did Glen Morris to Paris (11 km), paddling the whole time in just over 3 hours. There is absolutely no staff on the river if you have any trouble, which I did becoming stuck on rocks in the rapids for quite some time. There are no signs anywhere for which side of the island is the better route. They suggest to take a photo of the map before leaving with your phone, but who wants to get their phone out in a raft full of water??? The rafts were anything but TURBO, they were clunky and hard to steer. There is no direction from staff on tips for paddling etc. The disembarking area was chaotic, there is no clear area that is not rocky for you to safely get out of your raft and therefore be prepared to fall and injure yourself on the rocks as I did. The staff were of no assistance at all. While the teenagers and younger kids had a good time they were not that impressed either.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from River_Guides, Owner at Grand River Rafting Company
Responded Sep. 11, 2020
The idea that any paddling company in Canada would have staff leisurely sitting along the riverbank all day, waiting for paddlers to ask them questions... is worth a smile! Turbo tubes are self-guided trips. The word self-guided means going on your own without staff... and a guided trip is having staff travel with you. To prepare the self-guided paddler in finding their way... we do this: 1) We do an orientation talk with a big map telling a person what side of the island is the better route... plus give a simple chant of left-left on the first two islands... and right-right on the last two islands... so you don't have to pull out your phone and look. 2) The talk also covers points of interest, washroom locations, what you need to bring, where you are stating and where you are ending. 3) The map also has a solid white line on it showing distinctly which side of the island to go. 4) Then we encourage everyone to take a picture of the map as a point of reference. To be told verbally... to be shown visually... to take a map photo... and then lament that you did not know where to go... is a bit baffling. I think this person needed their own personal tube guide. Yes, turbo tubes do get water in them because of the rapids... I will take a moment and share the tuber's secret of what to do if you have water in your tube and can't pull out the phone to look at the map. 1... pull over to the side 2... lift the tube up 3... dump the water out of the tube 4... then sit in the emptied tube 5... open your phone 6... look at the map. There are no "tips" on paddling turbo tubes... To be honest we have never thought of giving turbo tube lessons... because we know that in tubes... you can go forward-backwards-sideways or donuts... we will see you alive at the end! I forgot to mention... there are staff that go down the river at the end of the day, called a "safety sweeps" ... they check to see how everyone is doing.... and rescue the odd sinking submarine. Yes, the exit is rocky footing, unfortunately we are not allowed to dump "fill" into the river to make it better. In the past, our staff would immediately help people out at the exit... but with our COVID protocols... we cannot allow the staff to physically help our clients. This person had family members with them... we really encourage family members to help those that are unstable on their feet.... so that they do not fall. This person was looking for a lazy river float... with life guards nearby... signage... no rocks... no shallow spots.. no sense of direction needed...and no paddling... unfortunately I cannot direct them to Canada’s Wonderland, because it is not open for 2020.
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