235462 Grey County Road 13
From: April To: November
The Beaver River is designated a Heritage River due to its beautiful scenery and important wetland habitat. A 25-km., 5-hour canoe trip is possible from Kimberley to the Slabtown dam north of Heathcote. The route begins at the Beaver River access point on Grey Road 13 just north of Kimberley. The river meanders through an extensive swamp where wildlife viewing opportunities are outstanding. North of the Epping bridge, the wetlands give way to pastures and orchards where blossoms are spectacular during May and swimming holes are inviting. The river from Slabtown to Clarksburg becomes constricted with hazardous rapids and two dams that must be bypassed, so this section should only be attempted by experienced white water paddlers. Kayak and canoe rentals are available from Free Spirit Tours in Heathcote at 519-599-2268. The river is also a busy spot for anglers during spring and fall Rainbow trout and salmon runs. A fishway allows fish to bypass the Thornbury dam past a viewing platform that enables visitors to witness the spectacle.
The Beaver River Trail also offers hikers and bikers an off-road exploration of the valley on smooth packed paths from the end of the Thornbury harbour pier to the Clendenan Dam. Interpretive signs add interest and historical background to the route. The Cedar Grove Labyrinth is an intriguing park with a maze, picnic shelter and washrooms located beside the Georgian Trail at 67 Bay Street in Thornbury.