River Safety

Thousands of people paddle the Grand River every season. 99.9% do not even get wet! However, when it comes to safety there is no such thing as too much caution. Use these guidelines and your own common sense before you enter any boat. It is solely your decision to proceed with your trip. The following is for information purposes only, and is not an indication of absolute safety in any conditions.
Your safety and comfort is absolutely our first priority. And so we invite you to remember the following and visit the links below. Our safety and paddling 101 handout is available at no charge, upon request, to all paddlers, however it is the responsibility of the customer to know their skills and limitations on the water. Canoeing the Grand provides the following services at no extra charge, upon request:

  • free dry land basic canoe enter/exit, paddling and safety communication instruction, on request
  • river hazards awareness literature
  • personal flotation device (life jacket) and safety kit, including a bailer, rope and whistle.
Good advice from the Grand River Conservation Authority website: "You are responsible for your own safety while canoeing the river. The Grand River is suitable for general recreational canoeing and a high degree of skill and experience is usually not required during the summer season. However, before stepping into your canoe make sure you've packed your common sense and your safety gear."
More valuable GRCA information can be found about the following:
Drinking while Canoeing is illegal. A fine and confiscation will ensue.

River data source: Grand River Conservation Authority