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"River Canard Outpost General Store "

We sell LOCAL GOODS! Log Home Soaps. Barb's Chilli Sauce. Accent soy candles.Convenience, grocery, coffee shop, snacks, drinks, ice, camping supplies, firewood, local honey, maple syrup, birdhouses and more.

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Monday to Friday 7:00 - 10:00 pm,
Saturday and Sunday 8:00 - 10:00 pm

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River Canard is the most southern river in all of Canada.

Canada has many diverse regions and river systems. River Canard is Canada's truly most southern river system with its unique bio diversity. The Detroit River is actually NOT a river but a straight.
Get out and enjoy a local unique experience by renting a canoe or kayak and explore the River Canard.

River Conditions:

April 2017

Spring has arrived! River Conditions: Above normal water levels, good paddling in all sections. Active wildlife - bald eagles, muskrat, mink, ducks, geese and more.

Hundreds have explored and enjoyed the sights and tranquillity of River Canard.

Family get-togethers, a date, events, birthdays, corporate outings, whatever, just do it in a canoe.

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CANOE and KAYAK INSTRUCTION COURSES

WATERCRAFT TRAINING - CANOE , KAYAK, SUP (STAND UP PADDLEBOARD)
All classes $48.
We provide excellent basic training to get you on your way and feel confident about handling a canoe , kayak or SUP.
You will learn about:
Safety
Navigation and steering
Paddling techniques
Various parts of the canoe,kayak or SUP and what they are used for
knowledge of the river
entry and exit
and much more
Our River Guides will help you get the tools and confidence you need to experience the great outdoors.
We've combined our training to include a rental as well, so that when the 45 minute class if finished you can explore the river on your own for up to 4 hours.
BASIC WATERCRAFT TRAINING    (CANOE,KAYAK, SUP)
Includes  45 minute classroom on land and water and afterwards up to fours hours of rental time to explore the river
all gear included - lifevests, paddles, balers, etc
We deliver the boats  to and from the River Canard
 
Minimum age -  8 years
Reserve your spot - contact us today

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BASIC CANOE / KAYAK RENTAL INFORMATION (Self Guided)

(All rentals for up to six hours)

One Canoe

35.00

Two canoes

65.00

Three or more canoes

30.00 each

Kayaks

30.00 each

Row Boats( 4 hour rental)

40.00 each

Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP)

Catch the new wave of the fastest growing watersport, SUP.
Experience the River Canard while standing on a board.
It's a great physical activity, like surfing and paddling together.
Gives you incredible freedom to explore.

Only $30 for 2 hours, or $40.00 for 4 hours. Rental includes:

  • Board
  • Paddle
  • Leash
  • Lifevest
  • Safety and usage lesson

Watercraft Rentals (Guided)

We have River Guides for hire who will teach you the basics of canoeing, canoeing safety and go out on the river with you. Guides cost $20.00 per hour in addition to your canoe rental costs, but well worth it. Let us help you design a trip with our guide.

WINDY DAY LAUNCHES - We can safely launch you at Long Marsh Creek on windy days!
Long Marsh creek is a smaller tributary of River Canard that winds through the forest and is naturally sheltered from the wind.

Things to Bring

OPTIONAL - camera, cell phone, bug repellant

Many beautiful picnic areas and rest spots along the river

Walks ins welcome but reservations guaranteed

ALWAYS WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET

Did you know the canoe has been voted a wonder of Canada!

The River Canard has over 15 bridges to paddle under, two islands, Long Marsh Creek, Cahill Creek and Merrick's Creek. Wildlife abounds with egrets, ducks, geese, swan, eagle, muskrat, blue heron, numerous fish, and more.

As you paddle on the quiet river, you may see a muskrat swimming nearby, a turtle on a log, and fish jumping from the water. The river is vastly diverse with open waterways with scenic homes, extensive marsh fields teeming with wildlife, quiet winding river through Carolinian forests.

See the Long Marsh Train bridge built in 1917, the Hancock and Dean Bridge to Nationhood, Ranta Marina, Boy Scout Bush, Canard Valley, St. Josephs Historical Church (est. 1862), the pretty Bow String Arch Bridge at the River Canard village, our many campsites and picnic areas

River Canard was pivotal in the War of 1812. When the Americans invaded at Sandwich town from Detroit, they marched towards Fort Malden to gain its capture, however River Canard was in the way. Two British privates, James Hancock and John Dean were left to defend a little wooden bridge against 280 invading Americans. Hancock was killed (the first British casualty of 1812) Dean was wounded and taken prisoner. Both were publicly commended by Sir Issack Brock for their bravery and heroism. The bridge that is located at that spot today has been named after Hancock and Dean.

The first Native American to die in the War of 1812 was scalped by the Americans while defending the same bridge.

River Canard's history is extensive, with Indian burial sites and artefacts, muskrat farms, French settlers, fur trade, grist mills and more.

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"TA-RON-TE"

The local First Nations people that called themselves "Wendats" (mispronounced "Wyandotte") called River Canard " TA-RON-TE", which literally means "trees rising or standing in the water"

Farther upstream after heavy rains, the river will flood, spilling into the fields and wooded valleys, thus flooding entire forests, hence the term is most accurate- "trees rising from the water"

River Canard has a unique biodiversity of vegetation and wildlife like nowhere else in Canada.

Pack a lunch. Bring the family, friends or a date. Bring your camera.

Leave nothing but ripples in the water.

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OVERNIGHT CAMPING

You can camp right on the River Canard at Little Ridge Campsite, British Camp, Officers Camp, Boy Scout Bush Camp, or at Big Rock Campsite. Enjoy the fire pit in seclusion. All sites are accessible only by canoe. $30.00 flat rate for the campsite 6:00 pm until noon the next day

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Groups, clubs, celebrations, fundraising, marathons, corporate events, reunions, outings, parties, and school groups- Call us and we can customize an adventure for you.

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RIVER CANARD BEST DARN HERITAGE TOUR, MAY 1 - OCTOBER 31

Learn all about the magnificent history of River Canard

A TWO HOUR CANOE TRIP AND WALKABOUT WITH OUR TOUR GUIDE

$25.00 person
Minimum 4 people

Custom Tours arranged for groups, schools, clubs

Call 519-734-8558 for departure times and to reserve your spot.

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ADVENTURE DAY CAMP

May June July August

9:00 - 4:30 pm

DAILY DROP OFFS or BOOK AHEAD

$40.00 daily

$175.00 per week (Monday- Friday)

Ages: 8 - 14

Call us for more information and to register

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PHANTOMS OF THE CANARD GHOST TOUR

Every Friday and Saturday night in October until All Hallows Eve

FEEL THE HISTORY AND GLORY OF RIVER CANARD IN DARKNESS

History, Mystery and more......

MINIMUM GROUP SIZE: 4 PEOPLE
$25.00 PER PERSON
2 HOUR TOUR
CALL TO BOOK AHEAD

MOST TOURS OPERATE FRIDAY OR SATURDAY EVENINGS AT 8:00 PM
PRIVATE TOUR TIMES AVAILABLE WEEKNIGHTS

PARTICIPANTS PADDLE THEIR OWN CANOE