The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

​​​​Canoeing the Nottawasaga River

The Nottawasaga River offers experienced canoeist and kayakers an opportunity to explore a wide variety of ecological habitats.

The main branch of the river runs 121 km, starting near Alliston and ending at Wasaga Beach.  In between lies the internationally-significant Minesing Wetlands, with 15,000 acres of swamp, fen and marsh to explore.

Watch the video below to learn more

Paddling Safety

The Nottawasaga River is a remote, wilderness area and can be hazardous year round. There are significant logjams between Angus and Edenvale Conservation Area as well as other areas along the Nottawasaga River that require portaging.

Whether you are using a kayak, canoe or stand up paddle board, all watercrafts are required to have the appropriate safety equipment.

Each year, paddlers get stranded and have to be rescued. Know your limits.

Father and son paddling in a river

Simcoe County Paddle Route ​Map

This guide outlines routes along the Nottawasaga and the Wasaga Beach waterfront.

NVCA Paddle Route Map

A folding map with details on routes along the middle and lower Nottawasaga River and through the Minesing Wetlands. 

It can be downloaded (link above), or contact the NVCA office to request a paper copy.

Travelling Down the Nottawasaga River

Select a route below for more information

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