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: 2021 Cancelled
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.
2021 Season: Opening on June 19th
Cost: $8.00 for the 36 inch blue kids tube, $18 for 42 inch kids tube with cup holder, seat and back rest, $28 for 54 Inch adult tube with cup holder, seat and back rest and $23 for a cooler tube.
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.
2021 Season: Park opens on June 11th.
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.
2021 Season: Opens June 18, 2021
Cost: $38 plus HST
Address: 3734 King St E, Kitchener
Bingemans Lazy River Tubing (Grand Experiences)
Float down a relaxing section of the Grand River, with scenic forests, located in heart of Southern Ontario, on Grand River starting at Bingemans Campground Resort & Entertainment Centre in Kitchener. Splash & have fun with friends or relax & view Great Blue Herons, Ospreys, ducks and turtles as you float downstream, for an unbelievable natural experience close to home.
2021 Season: Between: May 22, 2021 and Oct 10, 2021
Cost: $32.95 to $34.95
Address: Bingemans Campground Resort & Entertainment Centre, 425 Bingemans Centre Dr, 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.
Opens June 15th, 2021
Cost: Tubing registration fee $17.70 + taxes; Equipment rental package: $26.55 + taxes
Address: 7400 Wellington County Rd. 21, Elora
Grand River, Paris
Well, as you might have noticed there are many options to go lazy river tubing on the Grand River.
If you want to enjoy tubing around Paris and Brant, then book a trip with Grand River Rafting. They offer various options along the River.
2021 Season: Opens June 12th
- Glen Morris to Paris 11.5 km: $35 per person plus HST.
- Paris to Brant Park 13 km: $35 per person plus HST.
- Five Oaks to Brant Park: 2-hour tubing route of 5km is $27 per person plus HST
Big Creek Tubing, Port Rowan
Grand River Rafting Company also offers another tubing experience in Port Rowan along Big Creek. According to the website, you can enjoy eagle sightings as you are float (you will need to paddle) through the creek meandering through the forest.
Opens: June 19th, 2021
Cost: $38 per person, plus tax
Address: 1048 Long Point Rd, Port Rowan
Phone: (519) 442-2519
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.
2021 Season: Closed
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. Wait until summer 2022, 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.