Picture it: a beautiful warm day, the cool water underneath and blue sky above as you relax and glide gently along, without a care in the world. Sounds like you’re at a five-star resort, right? But this scenario can take place here at home with a scenic and watery summer escape from the city, thanks to our Guide to the Best River Tubing in Southern Ontario!

Note: Please take all necessary precautions and check water conditions before heading out. When in doubt, wear a life jacket!

Grand River

The most prominent river in Southern Ontario is suitable for various tubing possibilities, both relaxing and active, plus there are numerous opportunities for viewing natural features and wildlife. Join organized tours that pass through quaint towns such as Blair, Old Galt (Cambridge), Glen Morris, Paris and Brantford.

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Elora Gorge

On the Grand, Elora is one of those picture-perfect Ontario small towns and well worth the drive, even without the watery activities. Moving through narrow spaces and high cliffs, we’ve heard this tubing experience is less “lazy” than the others, so stay alert! Occasionally, tubing is prohibited when water levels rise sharply, but you can check conditions ahead of time here.

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Saugeen River

In Bruce County, the Saugeen River is great for beginners on a leisurely ride and just enough current to keep you moving. There are 16 public access points between Hanover, through Walkerton and up to Southampton when the river flows into Lake Huron.

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Black River

Near Rama at the north end of Lake Simcoe, the Black River is a small quiet river that also features nature trails close by. For a full getaway, Black River Wilderness Park is operated by the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, offering camping and Indigenous educational activities.

Big Creek

Nicknamed the “Canadian Amazon”, this waterway and nearby wildlife area near Lake Erie is narrow and deep with a mild current and comes complete with overhanging trees for a unique outdoor experience.

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Welland Canal

While the Welland Canal is a busy working shipping transportation route connecting Lakes Ontario and Erie, for one day a year it turns into a lazy river! The Welland Float Fest lets everyone enjoy a beautiful day join the floating caravan.

More Tubing Spots

For a self-guided float down a river (at your risk) if you’ve got your own tube, tubing is also popular on Credit River in Mississauga, Gull River near Minden, Burnt River near Kinmount, and Buckhorn River in the Kawartha Lakes area.

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