Unique Outdoor & Aboriginal Learning Adventures

Date:March 21, 2014 7:42 pm

Learning Adventures that Step in a Different Direction   .   1 Hour West of Toronto


"Our staff makes education come Alive... "Teaching as we Encounter!"

Grand River Rafting Company LTD is a Learning Adventure Company... we are a Concierge for "Aboriginal & Outdoor Education Experiences" in Southern Ontario.

We are located in the Grand River Valley... 1 hour west of Toronto, half ways between Toronto and London... just  5 minutes off the 403 Highway.

Our priority is to reconnect youth to the outdoors.

Our operation is year round.  Open 7 days a week.

With over 30 staff to serve you... plus a joint outdoor education partnership with McMaster University, Long Point Eco Adventures, One Axe Pursuits and Six Nations Tourism.

We offer day or multi-day learning experiences. We have overnight accommodations and can supply catered meals.

Each learning adventure is customized for your time window and desired experiences. We have the capacity to host over 200 students a day.

ESL students find our hands-on outdoor experiences a highlight of their visit... because language is not a barrier.


First Nations Programs.. interactive edible-medicinal plant hikes, Metis drum-making & medicine bags, making arrowheads, cordage & fire by hand, dance & sing with the Mohawk, medicine men speakers, campfire story tellers, residential school survivor speakers, building sweat lodges, guided interactive bus tours of the Six Nations Territories

Other Learning Adventures... floating classrooms in rafts, man-tracking, learn the stars, canoe & kayak lessons/trips, interactive drumming circles, how to fish courses, ropes and climbing walls, tree & wildlife courses, planning interior canoe trips, interactive pirate quest, muskets of the past, learn your bugs, survival skills, Le Voyageur speaker and stand up paddleboard adventures

You can "mix & match" any of the above themes to create a learning adventure for your class.

Our theme is simple...

"Experiencing Everything Together"

Check map below to see where we are located in the Grand River Valley.... reservations required!

51 William Street, Paris, Ont
Chatham, London, Woodstock, Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge, Guelph, Brampton, Missassauga, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, Toronto, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Brantford, Paris, St Catharines, Niagara Falls
Program Type
Travel to You
Field Trip
Classes | Workshops
Guided Tours
Interpretive Program
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Grand River Rafting has a Five Star Educational Adventure Rating on TripAdvisor... see reviews
Blog by Toronto Teaching Mom as she rafts with Grand River Rafting... link
Grand River Rafting hosted "Teacher of the Year" on TVO Agenda with Steve Paikin...  (we are the last 2 minutes in the video below)

Took 40 students and had an amazing day!”5 of 5 stars (From TripAdvisor)

Organized a trip for 40 students today, both a Native Studies class and our ESL classes... worked with Garth from Grand River Rafting, and had a GREAT experience. Booked with him, and he was more that accommodating. Slight fluctuating of the numbers didn't seem to present a problem. Touched base this morning and he informed us that we were going to get to spend even more time on the river, because of the high water level. GREAT! We paddled from just south of the dam in Paris, to the Brantford Conservation Area. Along the way, kids participated in various activities to familiarize themselves with Native Canadian history. A great BBQ lunch and lots of fun.

This activity is safe for all... the river was 'fast' today, but generally no deeper than 4 feet. All our students felt confident being out on the river and jumping in and swimming as we went. Would highly recommend Garth and his team again, and look forward to returning.