kayaking in toronto

Explore Rouge National Park

Rouge River Kayaking

A relaxing kayak tour with nature and wildlife

Escape into nature right in the heart of the city.  Our Rouge River kayak tours start at Rouge Beach in Scarborough, from where we paddle into the wilderness of the Rouge Valley.  Enjoy a relaxing paddle with our friendly and helpful guides on a trip suitable for the whole family.


Rouge National Urban Park is home to an incredible amount of wildlife, including 44 mammal species, 247 bird species, 27 reptile and amphibian species, and 73 fish species.  On this kayak tour get up close and personal with swans, turtles, beavers, foxes and more.


How many species will you find?

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The trip

Suitable for beginners to experts

Two hours

Fully guided

All equipment included

Ages 10+

$79 per person

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You have questions? We have answers.

What kind of boats do you use?

Nuclear powered.  We’re kidding.  They’re manual.  We’ve got a fleet of 10 foot long single person Pelican Mission kayaks.

How many people can sit in one kayak?

One person per kayak.

Can I bring my kid?

Kids ages 10 and up need their own ticket.  Our guides will be there to help them.  If you have a younger child, and you have previous kayaking experience, you can have them sit with you in your kayak.  This is however at the discretion of the guide.  If the guide feels that it is not safe or you don’t have enough experience, this will not be permitted.  You must provide a life jacket for the child.  There is no extra charge for younger kids riding in the kayak with you.

I can't swim. Is this safe? Can I still participate?

Totally safe, and you don’t need to be a swimmer.  You will be wearing a life jacket at all times, and the Rouge is a very gentle river.

Will I capsize?

Highly unlikely.  But it’s always hilarious when someone does.  Don’t be THAT guy.  After we’re done laughing and capturing the moment on camera we’ll help you get back into your kayak.

What do I need to bring?

Wear athletic quick dry clothing.  No jeans or sweatpants.  Wear old sneakers, water shoes, or sandals with straps that stay on your feet.  No crocs or slippers allowed.  Also sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and bug spray.

What if it rains?

If life gives you rain, make lemonade.  That sounds about right.  With a little rain our trips go on.  If the weather is too adverse to kayak, the trip will be rescheduled.

Where to meet?

Meet your guide at the Rouge Beach parking lot.  We’ll launch from right below the bridge and that’s where you’ll find your guide.  Just look for someone weird with a lot of green kayaks.  Please be sure to arrive on time or else you’ll miss your boat. 😁

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What people say?

We had a wonderful 2 hour kayak with Go Epic Adventures on Father’s Day! Our two sons (ages 8 and 12) had never kayaked on their own, and the guides were very patient and fun! I would definitely book again on another tour, we had a great time!
Paula F.
Really good experience for my first time in the water. Instructors help you through all the steps and I highly recommend this stop for any beginners.
Mudassir M.

Talk to us

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