Upper Credit River

Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
David Young
Trip Date : 
April 13, 2014
Additional Route Information
18 km
1 days
Loop Trip: 
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
Total Portage Distance: 
70 m
Longest Portage: 
50 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Lake Travel: 
Not applicable
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Route Description
Access to Put-In Information: 

PUT IN: The Credit River crosses McLaughlin Rd. just north of Olde Base Line Rd. on the drive into Inglewood.  There is a small parking area on the right side of the road near the river, which is ideal for unloading and launching the canoes.  

Note of Caution:  At all water levels, but especially at high water levels the main river danger is sweepers.  Sweepers are trees or debris that are blocking the river.  If a canoe gets caught in a sweeper there is not only the danger of capsize, but also the danger of people being swept under an obstacle by the current and caught with no escape.  The consequences can be life threatening.  At high water levels, you must be an experienced canoeist who can control their canoe in moving water to attempt this part of the river.  

Technical Guide: 


After putting in at Inglewood, constantly on the lookout for sweepers, make your way downriver to the Caledon Golf Club.  Shortly you will come to a steel bridge. 


In Low Water:

You will have to portage around the bridge as there is a 4 or 5 foot drop which will not be runnable due to lack of water and some large rocks.  Portage on the left. NOTE:  During golf season, it would be wise to get permission to portage on golf course property (general manager is Kelly Myles..who is quite receptive)



In Medium Water:

If you are comfortable running small rapids, this drop is usually nice to run.  It is best run down the centre or slightly right of centre of the left hand channel under the bridge.  Scout before running.  


In High Water:

This year (April 13/2014) the water was so high that you had to duck as you floated under the bridge and there was only a small swift....no rapid.  If the water got any higher, you would be forced to portage because you wouldn't be able to fit under the bridge.


After leaving the bridge on the golf course, continue down the river about half a kilometer to a broken damn. 


In Low Water:  There should still be enough water to run this small rapid (right of centre), but the bottom of your canoe might bump on flat rocks underneath the drop.  Scout before running.  Canoes can be lined along the left hand shore if you don't want to run the rapid.


In Medium Water:  The rapid can be run.  There is usually a bit of a wave at the bottom and the bow person may get splashed, but otherwise no problem.  Again lining is likely an option.


In High Water:  Again the rapid can be run.  The drop is less, but the current stronger..no problem for experienced canoeists.  There are now multiple places where the rapid can be run.  Lining will be more difficult due to steep banks. 


From here the river continues down to the bridge at Boston Mills Rd. and Chinguacousy Rd. and then on to Cheltenham.  The section from here to Cheltenham gets narrow in places and often there are lots of trees down and in the river.  This means you must be very vigilant for sweepers, especially in high water.  With current pushing you, there is sometimes little time to react to the narrow openings between downed trees.  In low and medium water, there is usually enough time to consider your options before proceeding.  Once you pass the second bridge through Cheltenham, the river will slow and get deeper as you are approaching a weir.  This is a must portage on the right hand side of the river.  The take out is a bit tricky here, since there are often lots of low bushes to push through and tree limbs to duck under.  In low and medium water you can get fairly close to the drop before you take out, but choose a spot where you can see a way through to the shore.  In high water, this year we were forced to take out quite a bit farther back from the weir...this may have also been as a result of the ice storm damage.  After carrying your boat below the weir, launch your boats and continue down river.  Soon you will be approaching the trailer park that begins after you cross under Mississauga Rd.  There is a small drop, best taken right of centre...you will see some bubbling/waves on the river surface...head for that.  After paddling through the trailer park, you will pass under King Rd. at Heritage Rd.  and continue down into Terra Cotta.  There is some faster water as you approach Terra Cotta which requires some quicker maneuvers, but not much problem.  Again watch for fallen trees in this area.  After passing through Terra Cotta, the river ends up passing the Sheridan Nursery and winds its way into Glen Williams.  There are three bridges in Glen Williams.  There is a bit more white water as you head between the first bridge and the second one, but mostly just waves and a bit of rock dodging.  Just before the second bridge there is a small weir that is below the surface and is runnable.  At all levels the best place to run is on the right hand side, but this year at high levels (and because of a tree down on the right hand side) we had to run it on the left.  There was a fairly large wave created that took the front of the boat into the air, but as long as you kept your balance, there was not problem.  As you approach the last bridge you will have to keep to the right and after passing under the bridge, head over to the left shore and the take out. 



The trip will take you about 4 hours or more depending on how long you stop for lunch.  Expect at least an hour for the shuttle.  We usually begin by meeting around 10:00 a.m., doing the shuttle and beginning the paddle by 11:30 a.m. or so.  The finish is around 3:00 p.m. or 3:30, depending on paddling experience. 


TAKE OUT:  There is a park in Glen Williams right beside the river on the southeast side of the bridge near the intersection of Main St. (Glen Williams) and Mountainview Rd.  There are car parking spots here and the canoes can be easily pulled up over a bank at the takeout (left side of river after you pass under the bridge).


Post date: Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:22


If you'd like to read some more logs, the Virtual Voageurs have paddled this route a lot over the years: http://vvcc.ca/logs/index.php?tsearch=credit&restrict1=1994&restrict2=2014

Post date: Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:15


From the bridge at Boston Mills to below Cheltenham, the river can be very shallow and rocky most of the season. Not recommended for light kevlar boats.

Post date: Thu, 05/15/2014 - 09:22


After several weeks of unusually high water levels as described above, I also completed this route on 11 May 2014. Water levels were back to seasonally average for spring. We ran all the rapids as described, including the rock ledge in the Caledon Golf Club and the old dam at Boston Mills without incident or any solid contact. While there are still many trees overhanging the river, there are only one or two places in slow current where it is necessary to navigate through a narrow gap. In the trailer park some residents were actively clearing the shoreline of damaged and downed trees.