Discover the wildlife of the Grand River’s Big Creek.

Remove yourself from civilization with a paddling adventure on the “Canadian Amazon” otherwise known as Big Creek.This meandering waterway winds through the Carolinian forests of Norfolk County into the Big Creek National Wildlife Area, an internationally recognized marsh and wetland. Bordered by towering Sycamore and Black Walnut trees, you’ll be dazzled by abundant shrubs, ferns and over a hundred species of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles.

Friday

Stay at the Comfort Inn in Simcoe just a 25-minute drive from where your Saturday tour begins. Head to Blue Elephant Restaurant and Craft Brew House to try one of their signature dishes made from locally sourced ingredients and sip on some made in-house brews.

Saturday

Enjoy a continental breakfast at the hotel then head to Seraphina’s for a lunch box to take with you on your Big Creek Kayak Tour, operated by Long Point Eco Adventures from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. For a change of pace consider Barrel’s for dinner and reflect on your adventure over some fresh pasta and local produce.

Sunday

Make your way to Dunnville for some great home cooking for lunch at the Flyers Cafe and check out the interesting paintings, crafts and musical happenings. Then it’s off to meet your outfitter, Grand River Kayak, for the Lower Grand River Kayak Tour, a leisurely two-hour paddle where you will encounter blue heron, snapping turtles, American bald eagles, cormorants, kingfishers, beavers, deer, various falcons, and maybe even “Muddy” the famous resident Mudcat.

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