We are Haldimand County's ONLY paddlesports retailer and outfitter, offering guided tours, kayak lessons, and rentals from our base of operations in Dunnville, Ontario.
We offer one of Southern Ontario's ONLY waterfront kayak shops, with free test paddling any day. No need to wait for a "paddlefest" or "demo day". We have a complete demo fleet of almost every single kayak model we sell.
Grand River Kayak was founded in 2006, out of a desire to bring the sport of flatwater kayaking to Haldimand County and the Lower Grand River watershed.
The Grand River is a designated Canadian Heritage River, and is a popular playground for boaters and fishermen from the surrounding area. Between Caledonia and Cayuga, water levels are too low for most motorized boats, and as such are perfect for paddlesports
We felt that the Grand River, and Lake Erie, could be prime locations for kayakers, yet there didn't seem to be many local paddlers, and no outfitters or tour guides to supply the needs of people interested in trying out the sport. There was also a clear need for responsible stewardship of the natural environment in which we live and play.
So, here we are.
Much of the flatwater kayaking information out there today is geared towards adventure travellers: exotic destinations, extreme conditions, or multi-day wilderness trips.
We wanted to create a paddling experience for the rest of us, folks that either haven't paddled before, or who don't own their equipment, who are looking for one part Eco-tour, one part leisure activity, and 100% good time with minimal risk, at an attractive cost.
We like to think of our tours as soft adventure that anyone can enjoy regardless of their paddling abilities or physical skills.
We are a family owned and operated business.
Flatwater kayaking has been our hobby for about twelve years, and in that time we have paddled with our children in such locations as Algonquin Park, Charleston Lake, Bruce Peninsula National Park, Restoule Provincial Park, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, 15 Mile and 16 Mile Creeks , the Grand River (of course) and Jean Laffitte National Park outside of
Future paddling destinations we'd like to try are Sageunay-St Lawerence, Lake Superior's north shore, the 1000 Islands, and the Massasauga archipelago.