Designation

Grand River

Why Was the River Designated?

Because of its cultural history and outstanding recreational opportunities, the 290 km-long Grand River and its major tributaries, the Nith, Conestogo, Speed and Eramosa, were together designated as a Canadian Heritage River in 1994. The Grand meanders past towns where 19th century mills, foundries and factories still stand, and winds through wetlands and forests composed of rare Carolinian species.

The Grand River Conservation Authority won the Thiess International Riverprize in 2000 for its outstanding management of this heritage river.