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Grand River Canadian Heritage  River

Explore the magic and mystery of one of the Canada's most scenic natural wonders - the Grand River, a designated Canadian Heritage River.

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The Grand River outstanding watershed (7000 square kilometers or 2600 square miles) is Southern Ontario's largest, situated in one of the greatest populated areas of Canada stretching from Dundalk in the north to Lake Erie  in the south and has a population of 875,000 people in 31 local municipalities and 7 upper tier regions and counties. The Grand River basin includes almost all of Brant, Waterloo and Wellington Counties, and parts of Dufferin, Gray, Haldimand, Halton, Norfolk, Oxford, Perth and Wentworth Counties.

The Grand River Conservation Authority preserves 18,935 hectares (46,894 acres) of land including water control reservoirs, floodplains, wildlife and wetland habitat, forests and conservation areas for outdoor recreation. 

The Grand River maintains its natural grace and bounty for those seeking a quieter and more relaxed lifestyle. However, combine fishing, hiking, boating, camping, biking, birdwatching, scenic, historic and festival sites and you get fun along the entire river.

Did you know the Grand River...
and its four major tributaries, the Nith, Conestogo, Eramosa and Speed Rivers, is the largest river system entering Lake Erie.
was designated as a Canadian Heritage River in 1994.
rises at it's source north of Dundalk and empties into Port Erie at Port Maitland.
drops from an elevation of 526 metres above sea level to 174 metres above sea level on its 298 kilometres (185 miles) journey to Lake Erie. 
basin includes almost all of Brant, Waterloo and Wellington Counties, and parts of Dufferin, Gray, Haldimand, Halton, Norfolk, Oxford, Perth and Wentworth Counties. 
can be crossed at 35 points travelling the 298km lenght of the river.
provides excellent fishing, boating, canoeing and swimming as well as exceptional hiking, skiing, camping, birdwatching, cycling and horseback riding along the watershed.
flows are regulated by four main reservoirs. Large reservoirs on the Grand River include Luther Marsh at the headwaters, and Belwood Lake near Fergus. The major reservoirs on the tributaries are Conestogo Lake on the Conestogo River above Glen Allen, and Guelph Lake on the Speed River above the City of Guelph. Many smaller dams and reservoirs are located in communities with a mill pond or impoundment with historic significance. 
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Related Links:
More Grand River Facts
Journey the Grand Brochure
Grand River Conservation Authority
Grand River Country
Grand River Watershed
Grand River Conservation Areas
Brant Park Conservation Area
Six Nations of the Grand River Territory
Canoeing on the Grand River


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