Spring is a phenomenal time to go Paddling in Ontario.
The Ice and Snow melt increases the amount of water in the lakes and rivers which makes paddling more exhilarating and fun.
Animals are also showing up more and are way more active allowing for more photo opportunities. That is, if you have not scared them away by screaming from all the excitement of the trip.
Located in South Western Ontario the Nith River typically is in a flood status during early spring making it a fun beginner route.
Check out Grand River Rafting as they have great packages on the Nith and Grand Rivers.
Heading a little further North and you will get to the Ottawa River. Here you can enjoy everything from Beginner to More Extreme White Water. The Paddling Season usually lasts well into the Summer up here.
Many of the Rafting Companies like River Run Rafting and Wilderness Tours offer stay and play packages. You can design a trip for shorter or longer periods. You can also combine other activities such as Hiking, Mountain Biking and even Bungee Jumping.
There are a tonne of Flat Water options when looking at Paddling in Ontario. We are graced with an abundance of Lakes and gently moving Rivers. We also have quite a few choices of really great Tour Providers and Outfitters.
The Rivers with the easiest access and reasonable commute for Canoeing, Kayaking or even Paddle Boarding are the Grand River and Nottawasaga River. Trips on either can range from 1-4 hours of some fun and easy paddling. And both will give you some opportunities to see Wild Life.
Free Spirit Tours rents Canoes, Kayaks and SUP’s and offers Guided or Self Guided Trips on both Rivers. Grand River Kayak is another great option, they rent Canoes, Kayaks and SUP’s and have options for guided and self guided options on the Grand River.
A trip that every Torontonian should do is paddle around the 13 Toronto Islands. With secluded beaches, bird sanctuaries and many waterways it is a very special place in the heart of Toronto. Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre is the place to get hooked up with rentals or arrange a guided tour.
Generally when using a Tour Provider or Outfitter they provide all the equipment. Following are a few personal items you should consider. Also keep in mind that there is a good chance you will lose anything that is not attached to you or the boat.
Dry bag for personal items like a Cell Phone, money, wallet, etc. Check them out at Outland Adventure Gear. A 5L is typically a good size for small things such as wallet or phone, a 10L or bigger would be needed for anything more.
Change of Clothes
Water, Snacks, food.
Sandals, water socks or water proof shoes.
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