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    About Us

    Over the last 10 years... showing the Grand River Valley has become our passion, not our job. When you knock on our door for an adventure, our goal is to make the experience easy to do... with everything looked after.

  • Canoe Trips
    Best of the Grand

    Canoe Trips

    Our Grand River canoe trips are 3 hours or more, there is no time limit... we really encourage you to leave your watches behind and enjoy the day! We offer both beginner and intermediate canoe trips.

  • Kayak Trips
    Our Fleet of Grand River Kayaks

    Kayak Trips

    Learning to kayak is easiest thing to do. Our Grand River kayak trips are 2 hrs or more... and there is the option to take a kayak lesson before the trip.

  • Rafting Trips
    Stand Up Paddle Board Trips on the Grand

    Rafting Trips

    Rafting is something everyone can do in total safety regardless of age, size or skill level. Rafting is the best way to "Experience Everything Together"! The rafts cannot tip over and hold up to eight people.

  • Other Adventures
    Team Building Experiences... Quest by Fire

    Other Adventures

    Try our stand up paddleboards... or go family tubing... or paddle our two man non-tip yaks. We offer over seven different ways to paddle the Grand River.

  • Group Experiences
    Dining at the Arlington Hotel

    Group Experiences

    From corporate team building to outdoor educational programs for youth... our goal is to offer one of the most unique experiences in the valley.

  • Contact Us
    Grand River Bridge View Paris, Ontario

    Having Trouble Getting Here... Contact Us!!!!

    We are located in the town of Paris, one hour west of Toronto... just off the 403 highway. We meet you where you start your trip... so advanced reservations are a must. We operate 7 days a week.

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Chad Pottruff... the idea behind Heritage River Canoe & Kayak and Grand River Rafting.

About Us

We are a family business that started in 2006 on the Grand River near Paris, Ontario. Our first company was Grand River Rafting, in 2013 we purchased Heritage River Canoe & Kayak Company and incorporated.

It was my son's idea to start this whole adventure, I thought he was crazy, because there were already six other outfitters here… I was sure we would lose our shirts! But the secret was finding a niche market using rafts as floating classrooms to teach from.

Physically we had the right ingredients... we owned 1 km of river frontage with our own 5 acre island in the middle of the Grand. We also had a huge farm shop available for storage. Our family had a diverse background in forestry, farming, management, accounting, restaurants and outdoor education. Our farming ethics of integrity, hard work, creativity and going the extra mile for others... drove our business in the right direction.

But no matter how great your program is... if you can't be found... nothing matters! So we created a website that was the "face" of what we do... with high search engine optimization. Our company became like a fish net on the web... bringing people to the Grand River.

We chose the concept of making our trips timeless… encouraging our guides to show the valley the way they would to their best friend. We tried to anticipate what people might forget… ready to help. And if we couldn't do something well… we sent our clients to those that did.

When the trip is over, we become concierges suggesting places to eat, things to do and places to stay. Our hospitality without charge... means a lot to those that visit us.

We were very gun-shy of TripAdvisor. A customer told us we should go on it (knew nothing about it). When I looked Trip Advisor up… I saw it as a double edge sword… great for being found… and great for being found out! We reluctantly went on it and could not believe how positive visitors saw our country-style service.

When many companies become successful, they often tend to hoard their prosperity… not sharing. Instead we choose to help others start up their businesses, hosting and promoting them free on our website… sending them our customers even if are the competition. We mentor “start-ups” hoping to help them avoid the pitfalls we have experienced.

We have over 80 business partnerships. Our goal is to help everyone do better. For us, doing this has been a privilege.

Today, we have over 30 people on staff. We have expanded from rafts... to canoes, kayaks, tubing, yaking, stand up paddleboards and fishing. On land, we offer edible plant hikes, cycling, rope courses, First Nations adventures, farm gate experiences, camping and catered BBQ's.

When we say we look forward to showing you the valley… its the truth!

                                                                    Garth & Chad Pottruff

 

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