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10 Epic Rafting Adventures Near Toronto

10 Epic Rafting Adventures Near Toronto
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10 Epic Rafting Adventures Near Toronto

To say that rafting is exhilarating is an understatement. And fortunately for us in Toronto, we can enjoy this adrenaline-pumping experience without having to go far!

If you’re in the city and are interested in this activity, we’ve compiled 10 of our favourite rafting adventures near the Toronto. Read on to learn more!

Where to Go Rafting Near Toronto

The table below summarises our recommended rafting hotspots near Toronto:

We explore these hotspots in more detail below!

RiverRapid ClassLocation
Humber RiverClass 1Toronto, Ontario
Beaver RiverClass 3Grey County & Simcoe County, Southern Ontario
Niagara RiverClass 6Lake Ontario, Ontario
Saugeen RiverClass 1 & 2Osprey Wetland Conservation Lands, Southern Ontario
Grand RiverClass 1 & 2Dufferin Country, Ontario
Madawaska RiverClass 4River Road, Barry’s Bay, Ontario
Gull RiverClass 2 to 4Minden Ontario to Gull Bay
Nottawasaga RiverClass 1 to 4Simcoe County and Dufferin County, Central Ontario
Credit RiverClass 11255 Old Derry Rd, Mississauga, Ontario
Nith RiverClass 1 to 2Brant, Oxford & Perth Counties, Waterloo, Ontario

1. Humber River

Humber River
Source: Explore Newfoundland

Located right in Toronto, you won’t run out of rafting adventures in Humber River. There are over ten outfitters here that offer rafting boats for rent!

Did you know that Humber River connects to Lake Ontario, and boasts of over 100 km’d worth of possible rafting sections? The wide river sections also allow for a chill rafting experience due to its Class 1 rapid level.

Here are some of the rafting outfitters in Humber that offer rafting to tourists:

Humber Paddling Centre"Discovery Walks" Road, 9 Old Mill Rd, Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario
Toronto Adventures"Discovery Walks" Road, 9 Old Mill Rd, Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario
Paddle Toronto2 Glen Manor Drive, Toronto, Ontario
Gone Sailing Adventures415 Queens Quay W, Toronto Ontario
Humber River Canoe and Kayak"Discovery Walks" Road, 9 Old Mill Rd, Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario
The Complete Paddler919 Oxford St. Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario

2. Beaver River

Beaver River
Source: Amazing Ontario

If you’re not yet ready for an extreme whitewater rafting adventure, go to Beaver River. Its Class 3 rapids will allow for a thrilling rafting experience while you enjoy the view of the beautiful Blue Mountain area.

For us locals, the 80-minute chill rafting experience in this Class 3 rapid river allows us to just enjoy the moment. In fact, you’ll see a lot of muskrats, Canadian Geese, turtles, and even flying egrets over your head!

Here are the available rafting outfitters in the area:

Beaver River Conservation Area879 3rd Line S, The Blue Mountains Ontario
Blue Mountain & Collingwood Adventure Tours245 Raglan St Unit 100, Collingwood, Ontario
Blue Surf Paddle Boards and Kayaks209574 ON-26, The Blue Mountains, Ontario
Eagle Adventures608069, 12th Side Rd, The Blue Mountains, Ontario
Blue Mountain Mill Pond178 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains, Ontario

3. Niagara River

Niagara River
Source: Viator

Niagara River is an iconic river that separates Ontario from New York. Popular for its breathtaking falls, it’s no wonder that rafting is a common activity here.

In fact, when you talk about rafting in Ontario, Niagara immediately comes to mind! The rivers offer Class 1 rapids while the falls offer Class 6 rapids (which are off-limits to tourists to ensure their safety).

Check out the following boat rentals available around Niagara River:

Paddle NiagaraKing Street (Queens Royal Park, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
On the Water Niagara3359 Niagara River Pkwy, Fort Erie, Ontario
Niagara Rowing SchoolJordan Harbour Conservation Area, 4579 Twenty-First St, Vineland, Ontario
Niagara Adventure Club7030 Casey St, Niagara Falls, Ontario
C & R Kayaks200 Louth St #4, St. Catharines, Ontario

4. Saugeen River

Saugeen River
Source: Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority

Want a relaxing rafting experience? Head to Saugeen River, a serene river with Class 1 & 2 rapids that’s perfect for immersing yourself in the beauty of nature.

We prepared this table of boat rentals around Saugeen for your reference:

Thorncrest Outfitters398 Goderich St, Port Elgin, Ontario
Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority1078 Bruce Rd 12, Formosa, Ontario
Saugeen Riverbank Campground1343 Bruce County Road 4 RR2 Walkerton, Ontario

5. Grand River

Grand River
Source:  Hamilton Halton Brant

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, Grand River’s Class 1 and 2 rapids are perfect for your adventurous spirit! 

You can enjoy whitewater rafting with your friends and be amazed by the flora and fauna surrounding this Canadian Heritage River.

Check out the following outfitters around Grand River so you can plan your tour in advance:

Grand Experiences115 Grand River St N, Paris, Ontario
Grand River Rafting Company181 Bethel Rd, Paris, Ontario
Canoeing the Grand3734 King St E, Kitchener, Ontario
OuterVision Adventure ToursBruce Peninsula, Ontario
Elora Rapids, Inc445 Wellington County Road 21, Elora, Ontario
Tubing the Grand780 Fountain St S, Cambridge, Ontario

6. Madawaska River

Madawaska River
Source: Ride the Highlands

Feeling a bit more adventurous and wanting to go down the path less travelledl? Go to Madawaska River in Barry’s Bay and shout ‘till your lungs burst white paddling through this river’s Class 4 rapids!

This river will test your group’s teamwork skills while being immersed in an intense and thrilling adventure. Wouldn’t that be a great bonding activity for your squad?

The only outfitter that offers rafting services in the area is Madawaska Kanu Centre, which is well-loved by locals and tourists alike.:

Madawaska Kanu Centre247 River Rd, Barry's Bay, Ontario

7. Gull River

Gull River
Source: Whitewater Ontario

Gull River is a vibrant whitewater river that offers a range of water sports activities for all the outdoor enthusiasts – rafting, kayaking, slalom, and paddleboarding. What’s more, it also features Class 2 to 4 rapids that’s perfect for rafters of all skill levels!

You’ll be graced with the views of Minden Wildwater Preserve, High Falls, and the Lower Gull River along the way, which is just icing on the cake.

If we’ve managed to convince you to try out whitewater rafting in Gull River, be sure to check out the following outfitters for you to choose from:

Agongquin OutfittersGull River Whitewater Preserve, 1020 Bethel Road, Minden, Ontario
Minden Whitewater Preserve1020 Bethel Rd, Minden, Ontario

8. Nottawasaga River

Nottawasaga River
Source: Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Nottawasaga River boasts rapids ranging from Class 1 to 4, which means there something for everyone here!

The river offers a range of maps for all kinds of rafters – there’s the Middle Nottawasaga River, Minesing Wetlands, Willow Creek Marsh, Jack’s Lake, and Lower Nottawasaga River to choose from.

Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority is tasked to manage the river. Here are the area’s licenced outfitters for your rafting needs:

Nottawasaga River Adventures11 Pine River Rd, Angus, Ontario

9. Credit River

Credit River
Source: Credit Valley Conservation

Did you know that Credit Valley is home to a thriving brook trout population? This Class 1 rapid river is the perfect spot for all types of water sports – canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, kayaking… and of course, rafting!

Credit Valley is managed by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) which ensures that the natural resources around the Credit watershed are protected. 

If you’re interested to give it a try, check out the following outfitters offering boat rentals:

Credit Valley Conservation1255 Old Derry Rd, Mississauga, Ontario
Upper Credit Conservation Area0073 Porterfield Rd, Alton, Ontario
Island Lake Conservation Area673067 Hurontario St, Orangeville, Ontario
Charles Sauriol Conservation Area1191 Lawrence Ave E, North York, Ontario
Ken Whillans Resource Management Area16026 Hurontario St Caledon Village Ontario
Drifit Outfitters (fishing lessons only)199 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario

10. Nith River

Nith River
Source: Grand River Conservation Authority

Nith River offers equal parts adventure and mystery. This route will take you through the woods to the Grand River. 

This means all outfitters offering rafting services in Grand River will also pass through this section.

The alluring Nith River actually offers two wilderness routes through South Ontario – the Upper and the Lower routes. Its tranquil waters with Class 1 to 2 rapids are perfect for a simple (but unforgettable) weekend adventure. 

If you want to take a look at the outfitters offering rafting services in the area, check out this table:

Grand Experiences115 Grand River St N, Paris, Ontario
Grand River Rafting Company181 Bethel Rd, Paris, Ontario
Canoeing the Grand3734 King St E, Kitchener, Ontario
OuterVision Adventure ToursBruce Peninsula, Ontario
Elora Rapids, Inc445 Wellington County Road 21, Elora, Ontario
Tubing the Grand780 Fountain St S, Cambridge, Ontario

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