Impressions- Grants Creek

This canoe route winds through small lakes, a large marsh (a provincially significant wetland) and includes rapids, a waterfall and plentiful wildlife, on the northern tip of Renfrew County. The headwater of Grants Creek begins from Chateau Lake located on the border of Algonquin Provincial Park and the creek travels 18 km to Grants Creek Bay on the Ottawa River. The creek is designated as a proposed Ontario Provincial Park due to its ecological importance.

The easy half-day trip takes you 4 km return to a pleasant picnic and swimming spot. The full-day trip is 12 km return, with 3 portages, through a winding creek, small lakes and a large marsh. Paddle by an active Great Blue heronry and watch for ducks and Double-Crested Cormorants.

Please be considerate of this fragile natural environment. View the heronry from afar; do not approach or disturb the nesting birds. Travel 3 km west of the village of Stonecliff on Hwy 17. Going straight down hill, look out for a green "Grants Creek" road sign before the road bridge. Go another 100m over the road bridge, take the dirt road on the left-hand-side .

Go straight (not left over a wooden bridge) to a parking place where the canoes are put in.

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