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.
St. Patrick's Day weekend FLASH SALE - Save $100 off the already incredible price of the Riot Kayaks "Escape 12 Angler" Fishing Kayak in, you guessed it, GREEN CAMO!! But hurry - there are LIMITED QUANTITIES of this model, and the FLASH SALE ends when the stock is gone, or Sunday, March 19th at midnight, whichever comes first. Just use the discount code St.PaddysFLASH at check out and save $100 instantly!!Buy online, pick up in store.
The single most frequent inquiry we get is from people looking to get started paddling, but they aren't sure where to begin - "I'm totally new at this. What's the best lesson for a total beginner?" The purpose of this blog post is to suggest a "program of study" to help you match the lessons to your needs, and to help you get the most out of the various paddling lessons we offer here at Grand River Kayak. We teach two basic disciplines : kayaking lessons or stand up paddling lessons With-in the kayaking category, you can choose between beginner-level recreational kayaking, or more intermediate-to-advanced sea (touring) kayaking skills. With-in the stand-up paddling category, we offer basic beginner-level Intro to SUP...
"Kayak Free Kayaking" is the latest outdoor adventure parody from Mark Odlum & John Dabrowski of the sketch comedy group "The Smart Department".
Shhhhh.....don't tell anyone... It's our BIGGEST SALES EVENT EVER! Canadian Thanksgiving was more than a month ago, and we've always thought of "Black Friday" as a U.S. retail "event" to coincide with their Thanksgiving Holiday, to drive early Christmas sales. Folks would line up for miles and miles around to get deep discounts, one day only.Then along came "Cyber Monday" and just today we started hearing about "Small Business Saturday"....Black "Friday" has now become an entire weekend.Not to mention many online retailers now start offering their "Black Friday" discount prices several days before and after the actual U.S. Thanksgiving weekend.The incentive to camp out at a store's front door over night to be the first one in line to get...
You'll notice the question marks after "Trends"? We've been in this business a long time. Long enough to know that no two paddling seasons is ever the same, and that consumer choices change constantly, and that regional trends are not always in sync with national or industry trends. So, these are simply OUR observations of the shopping trends that we have seen here at Grand River Kayak over the last couple of seasons. In some cases, we are hearing from other retailers that they are experiencing similar results....but in other cases it's a completely different story. Big winners here over the last couple of years have been Fishing Kayaks, Recreational Kayaks, and Day Touring (or Light Touring) kayaks in the...