Canoeing the Grand River
This is a summary of the access points, portages and camping
facilities along the Grand River between Elora and Lake
Erie. Each grouping, or segment, represents a contiguous stretch,
covered by one map in the GRCA book: "Canoeing on the Grand River".
Numbering follows the book:
S2 - S10 -- Section number (map number)
S2 -- Elora Gorge Conservation Area to West Montrose - 3 to 4 hours
#1 - #33 -- Canoe access and pull-out points
*A - *G
-- Portage points (dams and weirs)
> Campsites, conservation areas
>Elora Gorge Conservation Area, Elora, 519-846-5356.
S3 -- West Montrose to Bridgeport - 4.5 to 5 hours
# 3. Elora Gorge Conservation Area (Fee for entry, fee for camping)
# 4. Downstream of Inverhaugh at Wilsons Flats
>West Montrose Camping and Picnic Area, Elmira, 519-669-2129
S4 -- Bridgeport (Kitchener) to Cambridge (Galt) - 6 to 7 hours
# 5. West Montrose Downstream of covered bridge
# 6. Winterbourne Downstream of bridge
# 7. Conestogo Under the hydro tower corridor
# 8. Kaufmans Flats Woolwich Street
# 9. Kitchener (Bridgeport) Joe Thompson Sportsfield
# 10 a) Kitchener Bingeman Park (Fee for camping)
>Bingemans, Kitchener, 519-546-7010,
# 10 b) Kitchener Victoria Street Park
# 11. Kitchener (Freeport) Downsteam of King Street East bridge
S5 -- Cambridge (Galt) to Paris - 4 to 5.5 hours
Kitchener (Freeport) - portage on left;
<1km downstream of Highway#8 bridge, opposite water treatment
# 12. Blair Moyers Landing
# 13. Cambridge (Galt) Riverbluffs Park
Cambridge (Galt) Parkhill Road Dam - portage on right;
downstream of CPR railway bridge, just past the start of cement flood wall,
take out on small island just above the dam. Follow stairs.
HIGH FLOW, take
out before the railway bridge at boat ramp Riverbluffs Park.
# 14. Cambridge (Galt) Parkhill Road Bridge
# 15. Cambridge (Galt) GTO Gas Bar. (Cambridge-Paris Rail Trail)
>Sir Winston Churchill Park, Cambridge, 519-623-1340
# 16. South of Cambridge Sheps Subdivision, Footbridge Road
S6 -- Paris to Brant Conservation Area - 3 to 4 hours
# 17. Glen Morris Washington Street
# 18. Paris Willow Street below the dam
Paris Penmans Dam - portage on left;
prior to railway bridge;
walk along dike, put in at access ramp below dam.
# 19. Brant Conservation Area (Fee for entry, fee for camping)
/S8 -- Brant Conservation Area to Caledonia - 7 to 9 hours (2 to 4h Oxbow alone)
>Brant Conservation Area, Brantford, 519-752-2040.
Brantford Wilkes Dam - portage on right;
half hour past the start of Brant Conservation area.
/S8-2 -- Caledonia to Cayuga - 5 to 7 hours
Brantford Remains of Indian Dam - portage on right;
or, bypass through shallow gap on right bank
~500m down from Wilkes.
# 20. Brantford Ballantyne Drive
# 21. Brantford Gilkisons Flats
# 22. Brantford Cockshutt Bridge
# 23. Ohsweken Upstream of the bridge, or Chiefswood Tent and Trailer Park (Fee for entry, fee for camping)
>Chiefswood Tent and Trailer Park, Ohsweken, 519-752-3969
>Rio Grande Trailer Park, 3 km upriver of Caledonia, 519-753-5465
# 24. North of Caledonia LaFortune Park (Fee for entry, fee for camping)
>LaFortune Park, Caledonia, 905-765-4993,
Haldimand County Campground list
# 25. Caledonia Kinsmen Park
Caledonia Dam - portage on left;
take the boat mooring just upstream of
railway bridge, portage through parkette.
# 26. York Seneca Park
/S10 -- Cayuga to Byng Island Conservation Area - 3 to 5 hours
>Grand Oaks Trailer Park, between York and Cayuga 905-772-3713 (in the book this is listed before LaFortune, but listed after on www;
need to verify this on a real map TBD...)
>Riverview Camp, Cayuga, 905-772-5967
# 27. Cayuga Ouse Street boat ramp
S10 -- Byng Island Conservation Area to Port Maitland - 2 to 3 hours
# 29. Dunnville Wingfield Park
# 28. Dunnville Byng Island Conservation Area (Fee for entry, fee for camping)
>Byng Island Conservation Area, Dunnville, 905-774-5755.
Dunnville Dam and Weirs - portage on right;
LOW FLOW: right bank prior to Dunnville bridge.
HIGH FLOW & campers: as you approach the city of
Dunnville, you will pass to the right
of a large island, this is the main flow side; follow
the first channel to the right and use boat docks near weir #4
(2nd and 3rd channels posted no trespassing). Byng Island
Conservation Area -- ~1km east to re-entry point.
Dunnville Dam considered "dangerous"
# 30. Dunnville Grand Island Bar-B-Q (Launch fee)
# 31. Dunnville Dunnville Boat Club (Launch fee)
# 32. Dunnville Betamik Harbour (Launch fee)
# 33. Port Maitland on Lake Erie
>Rock Point PP ~3km south east of the P. Maitland breakwater
This summary of Grand River Canoe segments is organized for
my convenience -- it will inevitably contain inaccuracies and omissions.
You do need to take the responsibility to validate its accuracy
relative to your own requirements since yours are undoubtedly
different than my own -- the only one responsible for your safety
GRCA campsite reservations: 1-866-ONT-CAMP, or here
Grand River Flow Data
© E. J. Ritzmann
last modified: $Date: 2004/05/21 22:42:55 $