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We are Haldimand County's ORIGINAL Paddlesports Outfitters!
Now celebrating our 10th 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

Tanya's Story

May 14, 2016

My name is Tanya Sullivan I am a 44 year old female. I am co-owner of Grand River Kayak.I have breast cancer. Did you know that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime? That’s a scary statistic. I was diagnosed in March 2016 and I am currently undergoing treatment at Hamilton’s Juravinski Cancer Center. I started chemotherapy at the beginning of May, and will need surgery and radiation as well.This diagnosis will greatly affect the nature of our business this season.  You may or may not see me around. When you do see me, I will look different, and may interact differently, too. But I am still me. Just tired.  Feel free to say...

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Canada Coast Guard Regulations for Kayakers

February 19, 2016

You don't have to be heading out to the open sea in your kayak to need to understand your responsibilities under the law. Ignorance is not an alibi, and anyone who sells boats of any kind should educate their customers about the additional gear that they MUST buy when purchasing a kayak or any other watercraft. Here's the scenario: You're out kayaking on Lake Ontario, enjoying a relaxing day paddling along the shoreline. As you and your partner chat about the weather, an OPP patrol boat approaches and the officer asks you to produce your mandatory safety gear...Do you know what you need, where it is, and how it works? The fine in Ontario for not carrying the appropriate safety...

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A Fully Loaded Fishing Kayak for under $850 ??

January 26, 2016

You heard that right! The Riot Kayaks "Escape 12 Angler" has arrived at Grand River Kayak! NEW for 2016 - This model is now available in an awesome Camo Pattern! Check the video for the full range of features on this fishing kayak; it's got everything you could need and want out of a fishing kayak - rudder, paddle keepers, front hatch, 4 (FOUR) flush mount rod holders (2 fore and 2 aft), a swivel-mount rod holder, a front console, 2 - 4" hatch covers for small gear, an anchor trolley system pre-installed, a high-back sit-on-top comfort seat, scupper plugs, and a large rear well! Wow! Specs: Length: 12'-0" Width: 30.7" Weight: 68 lbs. Capacity: 300 lbs.     How...

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Don't Be An Armchair Paddler

August 20, 2015

THE AGE OF THE ARMCHAIR PADDLER There once was a time, not so long ago, that if you were a “kayaker” it meant one of two things – you were either a whitewater kayaker, or a sea kayaker. Either pursuit was considered rather serious and required a certain level of skill to be considered a safe and competent paddler. Paddling schools, organizations like the ACA, Paddle Canada, and the BCU became the place to go for paddling instruction. Focus was as much about safety and good planning as it was on paddling techniques. Instructors were respected for their knowledge, and their ability to pass on that knowledge to eager students. Fast forward to present day. Paddlesports manufacturers have spent the...

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STORE CLOSED AUG. 9th and 10th

August 04, 2015

We will be CLOSEDSunday, August 9th and Monday, August 10th. The store will be closed. There will be no tours, lessons, or rentals available on those two days.As always, our online store continues to be open 24/7/365. There will be no orders shipped, or available for pick-up in store during the period that we are closed.E-mails and phone messages will be returned as quickly as possible after we re-open on August 11th, 2015.Thanks in advance for your understanding.  

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