The summer heat beckons adults and kids alike to enjoy the water and revisit fun activities like floating and tubing. Ontario has many slow-flowing rivers that are safe and surrounded by some of the province’s best examples of nature, and this list will direct you to the best places to go tubing.
Kaministiquia River, Thunder Bay (River Rat Rentals)
The Kaministiquia River, also known as the Kam River, is a natural beauty for a relaxing day out on the water. River Rat Rentals provides tube and transportation to the starting point for a comprehensive no-fuss experience.
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for kids
Address: 707 HarstoneDr, Kakabeka Falls
Vermillion River, Chelmsford (Chillin’ N Tubing)
Float down the amazing Vermillion River in Chelmsford with Chillin’ N Tubing. This float is between 2.5 – 4 hours long and you’ll be providing with high-quality tubes and a chance to swim.
Cost: $25 for adults, $5 or $15 for kids
Address: 5727 Nickel Offset Rd, Chelmsford
Phone: 705-929 3055
Saugeen River, Hanover
The Saugeen River was once an important barge route, but is now popular for fishing, as a canoe route, and for tubing. The Saugeen Springs RV Park provides tubing packages as well as simple rentals.Cost: $25/day for tube + life jacket, $5/day for life jacket only
Address: 173844 Mulock Rd, Hanover
Grand River, Cambridge (Tubing the Grand)
Cambridge’s section of the Grand River is the closest tubing adventure to Toronto. This wonderful scenic launch site takes tubers 8-kilometres down the Grand River, while Tubing the Grand provides an adventure through Eagle Habitat and the heart of a 1000-acre nature reserve.
Cost: $35 plus HST
Address: 3734 King St E, Kitchener
Grand River, Elora (Elora Gorge Park)
The Elora section of the Grand River is an amazing tubing spot that runs past 22-metre high cliffs and scenic hiking routes towering above the river.
Cost: $15 registration fee, $15 tube rental
Address: 7400 Wellington County Rd. 21, Elora
Gull River, Minden Hills (Minden River Run)
The Gull River is located in the Algonquin Highlands and Haliburton County and provides a tranquil tubing experience. Typically, the Minden River Run provides the equipment for a lovely float down the river, but is closed for the 2020 season. Their typical rates are still listed below.Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for kids, $50 for family float (2 adults, 2 kids)
Address: 18 Water St, Minden
Welland Recreational Canal
Welland Recreational Canal is the site of the annual Welland Floatfest which set Guinness World Recordfor the longest line of inflatables. The festival will not be held in 2020 due to COVID-19. Wait until summer 2021, and join for Welland Floatfest. You can float from the Welland Scuba Park at the Lincoln Street docks along the Welland Recreational Canal to just south of the floating stage near Division Street Bridge.