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River Rafting Trip on the Grand

Updated on September 24, 2014
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Going Down the River

River Rafting! I have never gone rafting before and when I found a coupon on line for a discount for four, I called up three friends and said let's go!.

White water rafting looks and sounds a little scary especially for those who are not great swimmers or have a fear of the water. This trip is not a scary whitewater excursion but a smooth water introduction. Perfect for the beginner!

Grand River Rafting Company in Paris, Ontario has all different types of tours to suit every level. You can work yourself up to those rapids....or not. So this is the story of our summer road trip and our first experience with river rafting. And, lucky us, it poured rain the entire outing, arrghh!

Where is Paris, Ontario? - Paris, Ontario, Canada

Grand River Rafting Company

A markerGrand River runs through the picturesque town of Paris -
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Summer Road Trip to Paris (Ontario that is!)

Okay, so the rafting trip is booked and we are planning our trip. For some strange reason we thought Paris, Ontario was far from the Toronto area. It is really only about one hour away. Even so, we didn't want to get up so early in the morning to drive in. Our river rafting trip was scheduled at 9:30am and we needed to arrive at 9:00am to check in. Just to save on time we decided to say overnight at local hotel.

We chose Comfort Inn in nearby City of Brantford, which is close to Paris, but larger with more choice in accommodations. If you are a hockey fan you will know Brantford as the hometown of Wayne Gretzky. The town of Paris does have accommodations ranging from a luxury hotel to bed and breakfast places but for our needs, we chose the Comfort Inn. The price was right and it was fine for overnight, just a standard hotel meeting basic needs. The Comfort Inn was also located on a main road close to restaurants and nightlife. If you are planning a longer stay it is worth checking out the local Bed and Breakfasts in Paris.

Grand River, Paris, Ontario

The River Grand!
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What to Bring on Your Rafting Trip

  1. Sweater/jacket if it looks like its going to be a cool day.
  2. Hats, sunscreen and sunglasses on hot sunny days
  3. Drinking water - the trip is more than 3 hours
  4. Footwear that can get wet (let me rephrase - soaked!)
  5. Cameras and phones - can be brought on the raft - waterproof bag is provided
  6. Snacks or lunch if you wish - there is a cooler on the raft

River Rafting in Cool Weather

Dress in layers so you can strip down as needed. Remember to keep the nylon clothing on top to keep dry

Paris, Ontario, Canada
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Going Down The River in A Raft....

During our river rafting trip - it poured rain - but in spite of this we were determined to have a good time and we did.

This is a calm water rafting trip, great for beginners who want to work up to that whitewater stuff. The rafts are large and roomy, there were 9 of us on the one raft including our guide.

Yes, we had a guide and he did most of the paddling and directing, although we all had paddles and could help when needed. Our guide was very informative and talked about the history of the area throughout the trip.

We stopped about 2/3 of the way in for a hike through the woods. There we continued to be educated on edible plants and how to avoid stepping in poison ivy! The wooded area provided a protective canopy from the rain which would not let up!

At points during the trip, the water was quite shallow and we got stuck on the rocks. Our guide jumped out to maneuver us out of sticky situations. At one point we got really stuck and a couple of us jumped out to give him a hand, it was great fun.

I loved paddling along with one leg dangling in the water. It was an awesome trip in spite of the rain. Getting away from the city and being so close to nature was refreshing. We saw deer on the banks, blue heron, turtles and more birds species than I can possibly name!

River Rafting You will Get WET

Soo..wearing denim is not a good idea as denim does not dry out.

Nylon material is recommended.

Dining on the River after Your Rafting Trip

After our river rafting trip we were soaked to say the least. Luckily we had brought a change of dry clothes! Just a few minutes from the rafting point was a recreation centre with open and very clean washrooms where we changed and then walked into the town of Paris for something to eat. We were STARVING.

Paris is a beautiful little town, in fact it has been named the prettiest town in Canada. The Main street is lined with little shops and cafes that back onto the river. We found a cafe called "2 Rivers". It had a balcony where you could sit outside with a view of the river. It was still raining so we sat inside up close to the window so we could still enjoy the view without getting wet again!

The food was terrific and really hit the spot. I had the vegetable wraps with sweet potato fries. Yum! After our meal and just a quick block away we found a quaint little bakery with great prices for freshly baked goods. We stocked up on strudel, cookies and brownies to bring back home.

I would have enjoyed looking through all the shops but we had time constraints. I definitely will return to Paris, hopefully in the fall to see the fall colours. The banks of the Grand River are lined with forest and are sure to be gorgeous at that time of year.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Haven't tried it but it looks like great fun,

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      Sharon Bellissimo 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      @Joan Haines: I agree rafting is the perfect way to get close to nature!

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      Joan Haines 4 years ago

      I love rafting. It's a great time communing with nature as you move with the water. I'm glad you have a map on here. I live in Pennsylvania, USA, and it's not that far away from you!

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      I might need to add this to my bucket list.

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      MaggiePowell 4 years ago

      looks like loads of fun

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Love the lens, remain me of mine rafting trips long ago...

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      Tons of fun!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      What fun! I took the kids rafting earlier this week, but the water levels are so low in Colorado this year that there was very little white-water. Hopefully next year will be more exciting!

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      @Elsie Hagley: I'm sorry to hear that. This trip was very safe and smooth. I'm not sure I will ever go whitewater rapid rafting as I have heard it can be dangerous.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice lens. My youngest son used to do it, until he nearly drowned, he say he still likes it, but he has never been back in over 20 years. Your lens brought back those memories of the day I nearly lost him. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Rafting is cuch great fun. Thanks for sharing a wonderful experience.

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      zentao 5 years ago

      Looks like a ton of fun. I ahvent been rafting in a long while. I should do it again before I am too old ;)

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      bluewren56 lm 5 years ago

      Sounds exciting. My husband is always looking for new things to do... we haven't tried rafting!!!

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      I really enjoyed your lens! Sounds like great fun!

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      @MarcStorm LM: That's my plan, thanks for the visit!

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      @EEWorkouts: Noted, sounds great!

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      PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

      I grew up around water. Slow moving water. The fast moving version is for my kids. Oh no I am getting older. Thanks for the images and videos to watch.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      I love river rafting, and it is really adventurous and I am so exciting when recall back all those moment. Nice lens!

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      EEWorkouts 5 years ago

      If you ever get the chance try Chatooga. There are two sections, one that is somewhat tame and one that is intense. It's a blast. Great Lens!

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      Heidi 5 years ago from Benson, IL

      Looks like fun. Maybe when I get a chance, I'll go on a river rafting vacation.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      It sounds likes you girls had a great time! even with the rain coming down. Paris sounds like it would be a nice place to visit. Hopefully you'll end up going again in the fall and do another follow up travel article about the sights and shops to see. Thanks for making this!

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      @flycatcherrr: It was a nice surprise that Paris was so close, I plan to go back again. Thanks for visiting!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      This sounds like an excellent day adventure, and a very good introduction to rafting. I had no idea that Paris was so close to Toronto, either!

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      @squidoopets: Yes, it was, thanks :)

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Looks like a great deal of fun! Thanks for sharing your trip down the river in Paris On :) Happy Canada Day!