The Grand River

The Grand River is an Ontario heritage river.  Its watershed is the largest in Southern Ontario, flowing from the headwaters in Dundalk to Lake Erie.

For indigenous people, who called it O:se Kenhionhata:tie or Willow River, the river itself was an important thoroughfare.  Today much of the river retains its wilderness feel despite the cities, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and Brantford, through which it flows.  The river may be canoed or kayaked along its navigable length from Elora to Port Maitland, on Lake Erie.

The Grand Watershed Trails Network will include the river as a trail and plans to improve access points, signage and way-finding.

Information on canoeing and kayaking the river (including access points and current river levels) may be obtained from the Grand River Conservation Authority.  For a map of river access points, click here.

The project will highlight the historical and natural heritage of the watershed, from indigenous times to the present day.  Further in-depth information on the natural and cultural history of the Grand River is available on the Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association website.

For a different way of looking at the Grand River, a new website,, is publishing personal reflections on the Grand River.