|Summer time is the best of times to be outdoors, and Visitor Country offers unparalleled opportunities for great outdoor adventures. If camping is your pleasure, you have come to the right place; your only challenge will be choosing among the many great campgrounds. For those who love excitement on and in the water, this is the place to be we have innumerable lakes and rivers including the Grand River, which with its tributaries has officially been named a Heritage Waterway, one of the largest designated river systems in Canada.
The Grand River flows through the heart of Visitor Country, and has provided its heartbeat for millennia. It is the original super-highway of mid-western Ontario, and one of the great rivers of our province. This river was an inspiration for one Canada’s well-known poets, Pauline Johnson, who famously wrote about “the song my paddle sings.”
Canoeing gives access to large stretches of the Grand not seen any other way, and allows visitors to proceed at their own pace. Canoeing the Grand Inc. specializes in group and individual canoe and kayak rentals. Canoeing the Grand is located right on the river, but will transport groups to various launch locations. Trips can be from two to three hours (10 km.) easy paddling, suitable for families or groups up to 80 km., two-day trips. You don’t need a free day or weekend to enjoy this experience Canoeing the Grand offers midweek excursions, canoeing after work, and evening trips. Canoeing the Grand is in Kitchener, at 3734 King Street E. Visit www.canoeingthegrand.com, (519) 896-0290.
There are, of course, other relaxed ways to enjoy the Grand. Grand River Dinner Cruises, based in Caledonia, suggest a tasty option luncheon or sunset dinner cruises. Enjoy a fine dining experience as your captain points out many interesting sites and shares the stories of the Grand River and the Six Nations Indian Reserve. Guests can stroll on deck and enjoy the magical combination of nature, history and culture. For more information, visit www.boatfarm.on.ca or call 1-800-847-3321. Enjoy the unexpected: an intriguing dinner cruise in the historic heart of mid-western Ontario!
Lovers of the outdoors will find plenty of opportunities for camping, throughout Visitor Country. The Grand River Conservation Authority operates campgrounds in a variety of intriguing and inviting locations, including Brant, Byng Island, Conestogo Lake, Elora Gorge, Guelph Lake, Laurel Creek, Pinehurst Lake and Rockwood.
Long Point Region Conservation Authority offers camping in five locales, including Deer Creek, Haldimand, Norfolk, Waterford North and Backus Heritage Conservation Areas. Backus is a unique conservation area, featuring a pioneer village and an authentic historic mill.
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority has camping facilities at three fine conservation areas: Fanshawe, Pittock and Wildwood.
West Montrose Family Camp features all the amenities, including shaded and waterfront lots, a grocery outlet and security gates.
Bingemans Camping Resort, in Kitchener, offers a camping oasis along the Grand River that also features all the highlights of Bingemans entertainment complex, from the waterpark with its exciting new features to the golf course.
Green Acre Park, in Waterloo, is a campground offering modern services and activities to facilitate the recreational vehicle industry. It is rated within the top 99 privately owned parks in North America.