Experience Georgian Bay

Big Canoe Project is a non-profit, social enterprise that works to get people into action on the water. Whether it’s active living, protecting Georgian Bay by doing water quality monitoring, or building connections in our community.

We offer tours, field trips, corporate team-building, fundraising events and day-camps in big canoes; watercraft uniquely well suited to all ages, abilities and the big water conditions on Georgian Bay.

Join our staff, bring your bubble, and come paddling with us for an unforgettable, and impactful, experience.

Water Data Collection

Water Rangers Canada is a free, open-data platform, with water testing kits, and tools to learn about and protect our lakes, rivers, and oceans.

We have gratefully received a donation of two water testing kits from Water Rangers Canada toward our water quality monitoring goals.

Every group we take out will have the opportunity to collect and share readings on turbidity, pH, temperature, alkalinity, oxygen levels and conductivity, which is an indicator for heavy metal pollutants.

Featured in The Meaford Independent

Founding Director, Tom Thwaits, spoke with The Meaford Independent to introduce our first Big Canoe and explain about our involvement in the Meaford Harbour 5K.

Meaford Independent article

Investment Readiness Program

Community Foundation Grey Bruce, in partnership with Georgian College, has awarded funding to 9 social purpose organizations in Central Ontario.

These organizations are working to create meaningful jobs, strengthen the charitable and nonprofit sector, and address social challenges.

Big Canoe Project is thrilled to be the recipient of $33,881 to launch our big canoe tours and day camps!