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5 Spots For River Tubing

5 Spots For River Tubing

When it comes to getting the most out of summer, there are few experiences as quintessential as floating down a river.

Spending an afternoon on the currents is about as summer-y as it can get, and luckily, there are plenty of spots within driving distance of Barrie to get your tube on at.

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5 Spots For River Tubing

Saugeen River – Hanover

Saugeen River was at one time a significant barge route, but today’s it’s a popular destination for canoeing, fishing and tubing. The Saugeen Springs RV Park is on site and offers tubing packages, as well as rentals.

Cost: $25/day for tube & life jacket
Address: 173844 Mulock Rd, Hanover
Travel Time From Barrie: Approx. 1.5 hours

Vermillion River – Chelmsford

This river just north of Sudbury is a slightly longer drive, so you’ll want to hit the road early to take in a full day.

When you get there, Chillin’ N Tubing is the place to score your rental. The float is about 2.5 hours, with plenty of points to stop off and take a swim, or a break.

Cost: Ranging from $8.00 to $23, depending on your tube.
Address: 5727 Nickel Offset Rd, Chelmsford
Travel Time From Barrie: 3 hours

Grand River – Cambridge

This picturesque launch site sends tubers more than 8-kilometres down the Grand River, while passing through Eagle Habitat and the heart of a 1000-acre nature reserve. In fact, the last stretch of your adventure runs parallel to 50-foot limestone bluffs.

Tubing The Grand is the local rental company to get your gear.

Cost: $34-$38/person.
Address: 780 Fountain Street South, Cambridge
Travel Time From Barrie: 1.5 hours


The Elora section of the Grand River is another terrific tubing spot that travels past 22-metre high cliffs and scenic hiking routes engulfing the river.

Accessing the Grand river from Elora also gives you entry to the stunning quarry; ideal for a swim post or pre-tube trip.

Cost: $17 for tubing, $44 for full equipment
Address: 7400 Wellington County Rd. 21, Elora
Travel Time From Barrie: 1.5 hours

Gull River – Minden Hills

Tucked away in the Algonquin Highlands and Haliburton County, the Gull River provides a tranquil tubing experience.

And being in the heart of cottage country, it makes for an easy adventure to fold into your weekend escape from the city.

There is a company that provides rentals, however it was not open for the 2021 season, so be sure to check online before you arrive.

Address: 18 Water St, Minden
Travel Time From Barrie: 1 hour, 45 minutes.

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