Boating at Grand River Parks
Canoes, kayaks and paddleboats
Paddling is popular at GRCA parks. You can bring your own craft or rent one from us. Check the park pages for information on the equipment available and prices. (Note: No rentals at Luther Marsh, Elora Gorge and Elora Quarry.)
Power and sail boats
These parks are suitable for sailboats and/or powerboats. Powerboats can be used only at Belwood, Byng Island, Conestogo Lake and Luther Marsh. Windsurfing and paddle boarding are also popular at these parks.
- Belwood Lake Park, Fergus: Ideal for sailing, power boating and water skiing. Fully equipped 14-foot aluminum boats with 8 hp motors are available for rent.
- Byng Island Park, Dunnville: Powerboats and sailboats can access the Grand River (above and below the Dunnville Dam) and Lake Erie from three boat ramps in the park. Lake Erie is about seven kilometres downstream.
- Conestogo Lake Park, Drayton: The reservoir is great for sailing, power boating and water skiing. Fully equipped boats and canoes can be rented at the gatehouse.
- Guelph Lake Park, Guelph: Sailing and electric trolling motors only. No power boats. Four boat ramps including three with docks.
- Laurel Creek Park, Waterloo: Sailing, windsurfing and electric trolling motors allowed. No power boats.
- Luther Marsh: Motor boats are allowed after Sept. 1. Engines must be 25 horsepower or less. For your safety, a boat access form must be completed by anyone using any type of watercraft. The forms are also available at the entrance kiosk.
Boating on the Grand River
Canoes and kayaks
Paddling is a popular sport on the Grand and major tributaries including the Nith, Conestogo, Speed and Eramosa rivers. For more information, go to the Canoeing and kayaking page of our website.
Sections of the southern Grand River suitable for powerboats include:
- Middleport to the Caledonia Dam
- Cayuga to the Dunnville Dam
- Dunnville Dam to Port Maitland on Lake Erie.
There are boat ramps at Chiefswood (Six Nations) and Caledonia, Cayuga, Dunnville and Port Maitland in Haldimand County. For more information visit the Tourism Haldimand website where you can find maps and brochures with boating information.
Clean boating practices
To prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species, please make sure you clean your boat, trailer and gear. Learn more at the website of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.