Fill your summer with fun through an abundance of outdoor experiences. Whether you're looking for hiking, camping, fishing, paddling or cycling, you can find everything to satisfy your need for outdoor adventure in Brantford.
Winding its way through several urban and natural areas, the Grand River is a gem to discover. Steeped in over 11,000 years of history, the river celebrates a milestone in 2014. Due to its potential for cultural and recreational opportunities, the Grand River was desginated as a Canadian Heritage River in 1994. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of its desgination, one of only four in Ontario, the Grand River offers a variety of experiences both on the water and along the trails that follow its path.
The best way to explore the Grand River is with one of the area's expert outfitters who provide insight to natural plants, wildlife and hidden gems along the waterway. More than 290 species of birds have been reported along the Grand River Watershed. Bald Eagles inhabit the area nad you can see one of their nests in the Brant Park Conservation Area.
Love to fish? The Brantford area is very popular to anglers from all over the world due to the Grand River's abundance of fish from small mouth bass and pike to walleye and rainbow trout. Over 80 species of fish inhabit the Grand RIver and you can fish the river from shore in many locations.
if you enjoy hiking, cycling or just experiencing nature, you will love our area's trails. Many call Brantford the "Hub of Ontario Trails", with over 70 kilometres of trails that make up a major component of the Trans Canada Trail system. Get up close and personal as you make your way along the banks of the Grand River. Many historic sites are located along the trails or easily accessed from them, including the Bell Homestead National Historic Site, Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, Canadian Military Heritage Museum and more. Beautiful floral parks are also located along the trails, like what you will find at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, which warrants a stop for a picnic, or just to breathe in the fresh air.