Nearby Whitewater Kayaking for the Beginner… Southern Ontario

Discover a whitewater kayak trips one hour west of Toronto. The Nith River offers a nearby spring thrill for the beginner and the experienced.
By: Garth Pottruff/Grand River Rafting
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Nith River



March 18, 2007 - PRLog -- The Nith River offers excellent whitewater kayak lessons every spring. This river is in Southern Ontario ends with a 2 km whitewater kayak section that offers up to Class III waves. This is a river that is fun to learn on, but should not be paddled without a guide.

For the beginner kayak enthusiast, a whitewater kayak trip on the Nith River in mid April is the best time to experience a day trip. Every kayak trip is accommodated with an instructor-guide to insure safety and enjoyment. The Nith is an excellent whitewater kayak river for the novice to gain experience and confidence.

The whitewater kayak trips on the Nith River normally start in the village of Canning. The river averages a meter in depth and about 50 meters in width. The kayak trip is about 19 km long to the Grand River in Paris. The trips are about 4-5 hours in length with a lunch stop included.

The Nith starts out with a selection of small rapids, swifts and pools. The scenery of clay bluffs and wilderness is relaxing. For the first 3 hours the novice kayak person is given instruction, taught how to read water and the opportunity to lead on short sections of the Nith River. The purpose is to give everyone the time to adjust and gain the skills needed to enjoy the concluding whitewater splash. Eskimo Roll kayak techniques are not required or taught because the river is too shallow… people that tip simply slide out.

At the end of the kayak trip there is a 2 km section of splash with a variety of standing waves, mini foot-drops and water slides. This section offers the beginner a whitewater kayak thrill within their comfort level. The final destination is Bean Park where everyone’s vehicles are parked for the return journey home.

Few people know about this whitewater kayak trip so near to Toronto. But as the Nith River is discovered it is sure to become one of the best spring whitewater kayak attractions in Southern Ontario.  To book a lesson where one can kayak a river while learning visit On-River-Instruction at

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