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We are Haldimand County's ORIGINAL Paddlesports Outfitters!
Now celebrating our 12th AWESOME SEASON offering guided tours, paddling lessons, kayak, canoe, and SUP 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.

 

 

News

WEATHER UPDATE FOR WEEKEND OF JUNE 24th & 25th

June 23, 2017

DO YOU HAVE RESERVATIONS WITH US THIS WEEKEND?? Does NOT sound like favourable conditions to be on or near the River this weekend.Please watch our Facebook feed as we make decisions about what, if any, programs will continue to run.At this point, tomorrow morning's Intro to Kayak Lesson has been cancelled, and there's a very good chance that all rentals could be cancelled until we have a chance to assess the situation in the morning.Sunday's Intro to Rescue Lesson **should** be okay, but we will continue to monitor weather and flooding and make a decision as soon as practical for everyone.Stay safe out there, folks!Thanks for your understanding. "Northern portions of the Grand River watershed received more than 100mm of...

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Farewell to Necky Kayaks

June 16, 2017

Posted Today on Necky Kayak's Facebook Page: "The time has come to say farewell to the Necky brand, but this isn't goodbye! The journey continues with our OId Town genuine watercraft brand, as it is expanding to a more diverse line of products, including an all new lineup of touring kayaks, high quality paddles and PFDs (launching this summer)! If you have any questions concerning your Necky products, feel free to send us a message, or you can email us at feedback@oldtowncanoe.com. Thank you for the many years of love and good times. Happy paddling!" Ed - Seems the writing had been on the wall for awhile.... first they stopped production of all composite kayaks, then last year they discontinued...

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Mother's Day FLASH SALE

May 14, 2017

USE DISCOUNT CODE MOTHERSDAY2017 TO SAVE AN INSTANT 15% OFF ALL IN-STOCK TANDEM KAYAKS MOTHER'S DAY, May 14th ONLY, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST See the qualifying models here

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The Legend of The Whisky...

April 27, 2017

The story of the Point 65N Kayaks "Whisky 16" is a long one.... Here's the back story...I'll try to keep this as short as possible... I have long been a fan of Nigel Foster's designs....I was first introduced to the "Legend" built by Seaward Kayaks in British Columbia and the "Rumour" produced by Current Designs in Minnesota....I was fortunate enough to own a custom-built Legend for a couple of years....this kayak was EVERYTHING it was promoted as being and MORE...but for me, I felt the Legend was more kayak than I really needed for my daily use...a little about me here...I am a kayak instructor and guide, and I own and operate a kayak shop that includes retail sales, guided...

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Interested in Learning to Paddle, But Don't Know Where to Start?

January 26, 2017

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...

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