Southern Ontario’s Best Kept Secret: A Local Whitewater Rafting River

The Grand River Rafting Company of Southern Ontario offers guided whitewater rafting for everyone on the Nith River near Paris. Little-known Nith offers one of the best whitewater experiences in southern Ontario and is an hour west of Toronto, fifteen minutes from Highway 403.

Whitewater rafting trips last 3-4 hours and culminate in a 3-kilometer splash race. The whitewater rafting trip begins in the village of Canning. About halfway through, the rafts stop at Bus Beach for lunch and a bathroom breakā€¦and then on to the final destination, Bean Park on the Grand River in Paris.

These guided trips begin in a wilderness setting bordered by tall clay cliffs lined with Carolina Forest. This narrow river closes in on the shoreline creating excellent wildlife viewing opportunities for deer, foxes, beavers, and wild turkeys. Further downstream are cascading drinking springs at Devil’s Cave, surrounded by limestone rockery. From this point, the River Nith picks up speed creating standing waves and water slides as it rushes down to join the River Grand.

These whitewater rafting trips are a safe and exciting experience for families, schools, and corporate rafting adventures. Size, age, agility and skill level don’t matter…the 8-Person Self-Emptying Whitewater Rafts offer a ride of stability and safety with a splash.

The cost of the four-hour whitewater rafting trip is $65 per person and includes a guide, paddle, life jacket, and transportation upriver. There are also guided speedwater canoe and kayak tours available for small groups of one to six people.

For those wishing to spend the night in the area, River Ridge Bed & Breakfast is available and can sleep up to twelve people. This B&B has an outdoor hot tub overlooking the Grand River Valley and offers a great country breakfast. The elegant Arlington hotel in Paris is also available for overnight accommodations and includes fine dining. Restaurants in Paris range from fast food to Camp 31 with its award-winning southern-style barbecue.

If you’re looking for a whitewater rafting experience in southern Ontario…where river time exceeds travel time…a spring day trip on the Nith River is well worth checking out.

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