Grand River - The Oxbow

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Additional Route Information
Distance: 
14 km
Duration: 
1 days
Loop Trip: 
Yes
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
1
Total Portage Distance: 
1500 m
Longest Portage: 
1500 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Novice
Lake Travel: 
Not applicable
Portaging: 
Easy
Remoteness: 
Novice
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Route Description
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Location – Just south of BrantfordFrom the 403 coming from Hamilton - take the first exit at Brantford (Wendy`s / Tim Hortons exit) and head south towards Cainsville. Stay on Road 18 until you cross the Grand River at Newport Bridge and turn right at the first road. The first right is to the finish under Newport Bridge but if you continue north you`ll cross the Grand again. Immediately on the right is a dirt lane that leads to the water and is the starting point.5 easy swifts at low water

12 km of flatwater

1st Bridge is the takeout point (right side)

Walk 1500m back to the car to finish the loop

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Special Comments: 

The Grand River is only 20 minutes from our door and we though that since it was 30 degrees we should head out onto the water where it might be cooler. No such luck, but the Oxbow is a pleasant way to spend a lazy evening.

The Oxbow is just south of Brantford and is a 14 km paddle and a 1.5 km walk back to the car. There are places to park at the start and the finish where bridges cross the river. From the 403, take the first exit at Brantford and head south towards Cainsville. Stay straight on Road 18 until you cross the Grand River at Newport Bridge and turn right at the first road. The first right after that is to the finish under Newport Bridge but if you continue north you’ll cross the Grand again. Immediately on the right is a dirt lane that leads to the water and it is a convenient place to leave the car. We paddled the river at 28 cms according to the Grand River Conservation website water data, and the summer low is 20 cms (a far cry from the 225 cms we paddled back at the start of April!). There were several swifts where the river had a gravel bottom and the current picked up significantly at the beginning. However, after a few km the swifts were gone and it was a long flatwater paddle. It was in this flatwater stretch that we saw 2 beavers and one deer. The one beaver ran down the bank and swam in front of our canoe, when we were 15 feet away he smacked his tail and dove – startling Jenn. There were a number of herons, ducks and other small bird and several fish were jumping as we paddled down the river. After 2 ½ hours of lazy paddling we reached the take out point and walked back to get the car.
Eran and Jenn Andrechek