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Haldimand County's ORIGINAL Paddlesports Outfitters! Now celebrating our 10th SEASON offering guided tours, paddling lessons, kayak, canoe, SUP and (NEW) bicycle rentals on the Grand River and Lake Erie. Grand River Kayak is your one-stop kayaking destination in Southern Ontario.

We don't think of ourselves as being in the sales business, as much as we're in the customer service business. What's the difference, you might ask? A salesperson will try to sell you whatever he or she thinks you will buy. We will listen carefully to your wants and needs, and help you choose the best kayak, canoe, or SUP board for you! Not based on sales quotas or inventory overstocks, or "model of the moment" motivations. We sell quality products at fair prices. We know that there are less expensive products out there at the "big box" retailers, and there are other "dealers" selling lower quality boats. We encourage you to do your homework - visit our competitors first, and then come and see us. Our years of paddling experience and passion for the sport, combined with some of the best brands in the industry, will guide you through the process of making sure you make the right purchase for, the first time! 
Located strategically on the banks of the Heritage Grand River, our store is stocked with over 60 models of kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards. FREE test paddling every day! 
You will find sea kayaks, fishing kayaks, tandem kayaks, canoes, SUP's, recreational and day touring kayaks to suit every need, budget, and skill level from some of the best names in paddlesports; Necky Kayaks, Old Town Canoe & Kayak, Blu Wave SUP, Current Designs, Hurricane Kayaks, Liquid Logic, Ocean Kayak, Werner Paddles, Kokatat, North Water, NRS, Carlisle Paddles, Extrasport PFD's and many more. 
Whether you are shopping for a kayak, looking for paddling lessons, or just want a leisurely guided kayak tour on the Grand River, we are your destination on Ontario's "South Coast"! The Grand River is at our doorstep, and the North Shore of Lake Erie is just a quick 5 minute drive.

 

 

 
Did you know? We are a family owned and operated business and we will make sure that your experience with us is safe, fun and unforgettable. We are "Close to Home....Far from Ordinary". Let your next paddling adventure begin with us.

 

 

 

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What is "Soft Adventure" Tourism, and Why Is It The Fastest Growing Type of Travel?

March 07, 2015

Soft Adventure is the term used to describe the type of adventure tourism that requires little or no experience and is low risk (as opposed to hard adventure tourism which requires greater levels of skill and incorporates more of significant risk).
Think of this way - snorkeling would be considered a "soft adventure", easily accessible and safe for almost everyone, whereas scuba diving would be considered a "hard adventure", requiring more skill and exposing the participant to higher level of risk. Although similar in nature, these two activities appeal to different audiences.

Soft Adventure is one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry and with good reason! These activities are easily approachable for everyone - beginners, families, children, or seniors. 

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Time to Winterize!

November 12, 2014

Thanks to the HBO series Game of Thrones, it's become an overused cliche, but if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, there's absolutely no doubt that Winter is coming.

And for most of us, that means hanging up the double-bladed paddle in favour of snowshoes, skates or skis.

Before you put the paddling gear away for the season, there are 3 things you need to do first : Clean, Inspect, and Prepare your paddlesports gear for hybernation.

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The Old Town "Dirigo Family" of Kayaks

February 11, 2014

We started this company with a small fleet of Old Town "Dirigo 106" kayaks, and the model has been a constant mainstay in our rental and touring operations for nearly 10 years. That says a lot about how we feel about these boats. Models come and models go. Rental fleets tend be abusive on boats and gear. We've had certain boats in our rental fleet that didn't last the season...we don't use those models in our rental fleet anymore. The Dirigo 106, and by extension the entire Dirigo Family, has stood the test of time. And, they're a great value to the consumer, too! 

Why do we like them?

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Debunking The Myths of Buying Your First Kayak

February 05, 2014

Shopping for your first kayak? Doing lots of research, reading lots of reviews, and watching lots of videos? Stuck inside while the snow blows outside your window, browsing the endless details on the web? Can I give you a piece of advice? Stop. That's right. Just stop. You can literally drive yourself crazy with all of the information out there. And you know what? Most of it doesn't matter, especially to the first-time buyer. I say that, because in my experience until you have paddled for a while, you don't really know what you're looking for. Sure, it's important to buy a kayak that suits your intended purpose (you wouldn't buy a fibreglass sea kayak to run whitewater rivers) and...

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Don't Let The Mild Weather Fool You

March 21, 2012

While this has most definitely been one of the mildest winters I can remember, paddlers still need to be cautious around, on, and in the rivers and lakes. The current weather pattern here in Southern Ontario with it's warm, sunny days, is one of the most deceptive, and the most difficult to prepare properly for. With air temperatures in the mid-20 degrees Celsius it's tempting to head out paddling in light layers (or less). Just the other day we watched a young couple canoe past our place wearing blue jeans and short sleeved T-shirts. Unfortunately, neither of them was wearing a PFD and they were clearly not properly dressed for an accidental immersion in the 8 degree C water. Eight...

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