6 rivers near Toronto that offer the perfect summer tubing experience

Jul 21 2017, 3:00 pm

There’s no better way to beat the heat than by spending summer tubing down a lazy river with stunning views.

Luckily, there are several great river tubing spots located just outside of Toronto that will most definitely become your favourite summertime spots.

Here are 6 lazy rivers for the perfect tubing experience.

Elora Gorge

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About an hour and 45 minutes from Toronto, this beautiful natural area is home to the Grand River, which rushes past 22-metre high cliffs. There are trails with scenic routes for hiking, with views of the water below where tubers and kayakers make their way down the waterway.

The Elora Gorge Park is open daily from late June until the start of September. Tubing closes when river levels are too high so be sure to check the beach and tubing conditions before leaving.

Where:  7400 Wellington County Rd. 21, Elora

Kawartha Tubing

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Just a few hours outside of Toronto, the Mississauga River offers an escape into nature that allows you to enjoy the outdoors while floating around.

Located in Buckhorn, Kawartha Tubing takes you on a lazy water adventure for approximately 1 km, after which you can swim at a scenic waterfall. The best part? Tubing costs just $12.50.

Where: 2661 County Road 36, Buckhorn. Tickets are available online or at Buckhorn Tourist Welcome Centre

Grand River 

Located just one hour away from Toronto, Grand River, which runs through Paris, Ontario, offers two tubing routes (either 8 or 10 km long) to choose from. You’ll be floating down the river for about 3 to 4 hours so come prepared for a long, lazy ride.

Where: Located between the 401 & 403 Highway with 4 start points.

Vermillion River

Vermillion River Tubing (Chillin'N Tubing/ Facebook)

Vermillion River Tubing (Chillin’N Tubing/ Facebook)

Vermillion River is located in Chelmsford, which is about a four-hour drive from Toronto, so make this one a day trip.

The float is between 2.5 and 4 hours long depending on wind and level of the river. In the summer, the river has a slow moving current and is less than 3 feet deep in most places. Although there are a few deep pockets, you can stand up almost anywhere, making for an easy going float.

Where: 5727 Nickle Offset Rd, In Chelmsford

Credit River

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The Credit River is located in Inglewood, a short 30-minute drive from Toronto. The river can be unpredictable, so be sure to read this tip sheet before heading out on the tube.

Where: Inglewood Dr, Mississauga

Saugeen River

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The Saugeen River has two tubing runs that 45 or 2 hours long, Campgrounds are located near the river, making it the perfect place to head for a short summer trip.

Where: 173844 Mulock Road, Hanover

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