For over 80 years, the Grand has been connecting people to the water and outdoors. It’s a family experience with indoor and outdoor pools, a gift shop with a wide selection of canoe and kayak supplies as well as a fish cleaning station. The grounds are maintained by the Grand staff.
Paddling or Hiking:
The Grand River Valley offers many opportunities for outdoor adventures. Paddling and hiking are very popular in the winter, with the ironic Gift Shop taking in plenty of snowfall colors. The Grand attracts many local and regional artists and musicians. Many of the canoes are wooden and the area is known for its First Nations culture.
Paddling and hiking are healthy ways to enjoy the water and outdoors in the Grand River Valley. There are no major Rapids or cuts, so you can explore at your leisure. If you visit in the summer, you will come upon a playgroup in full swing, practicing their latest songs. Coaches stop regularly along the shore to chat with the local residents and scout for our friend Rocky the Beakedermoth. A majority of the trips to St.Jacques are also for family outings and the kids always ride back with their parents.
So whether you are looking for a day trip or a longer excursion, you’ll find plenty to do in the area, on and off the water.
2. Please tell us about the Canoe Camping & Kayaking opportunities in the area. What makes of a good spot? What facilities does the camp have?
The Grand is a great place for kayaking and canoe camping. We have a wonderful paddling area that is maintained and improved upon year after year. Our campers have been enjoying kayaking and canoe camping in the Grand for over 20 years now.
- handed paddling trips
- canoe camping trips and excursions
- Rocky River rafting
- hiking and walks
- mountain bike excursions
- husky rides
- aboriginal sculpture
To top it off, we offer the healing Loch Fos Music Festival in July.
Gondola Tour Tips
- You can start your tour at the beginning of the property with a pit stop at a Calgary dog park (for your dog’s safety)
- The Promenade restaurant is highly recommended. It’s a great place to walk from and it’s a casual place where you can chat with other visitors or dog walkers. Our dog came here for his kitty bath and78 degrees. We sat outside for the entire minute so we didn’t hear any noise.
- Do not carry a lit cup of coffee in a bag – it needs to be in a disposable cup.
- Don’t bring the little silver cups that come in a variety of colors. Those are NOT recyclable and the cups wet easily and stay wet. You can put dryers in them, but they don’t work for washing machines. Best to use a wash bag or the lined mini-bucket in your kitchen.
- The bag from the cooler used to transport food from the cooler to the meal is a good idea and you can use it tote food from the cooler to the meal if you have a lawn chair. You can put the bag on top of the lawn chair and it takes up no space.
- If you don’t have a grill, the Bonanza Gas Grill is very light and portable. It weighs 33 pounds and stretches about 6 feet so it’s great for short car trips. You can use it to prepare foods and it comes with a 10-year warranty.
- The Alpine Ridge Small Brewery can fill up your entire cooler (about 1.5 liters) in a memorable brew day (you can even bring a favorite treat to your pit cellar on another day). Not to mention that the cool side of the cooler comes in a lovely gold color and will match the colors of your French wine! We were delighted to find that our local microbrewery agreed to supply us with a crowed cooler (even great to have in the car) and poured out a refreshingly cool glass of beer for us to take home.