Local Activities


Grand River Rafting  

Grand River Rafting has family raft trips, canoe trips, kayak trips, river tubing and stand up paddleboard trips (SUP)  along the Grand River near Paris, Ontario.   Grand River Rafting's "Grand Experiences" are some of the most unique outdoor adventures in Ontario's Grand Valley... ziplines, Pirate Quest, rappelling, moonlight paddles, camping, horseback riding, primitive skills and edible plant-tree hikes.  Grand River Rafting's goal is not only to help visitors discover other experiences near the "Grand Valley", but adventures that are uniquely Canadian.  They have created a "Grand Experience Map" of different adventures and things to do within a 2 hours radius of here. 


Grand River Bookstore

Grand River Spiritual and Educational Resources specialize in books which support spiritual development, creative expression, personal development, leadership and change, therapuetic touch, congregational, clergy and worship resources, children's literature, social justice, interfaith and special resources for most Five Oaks programs. Visit us in person at our location at Five Oaks Centre, or at our webstore  www.grandriverbooks.ca. We serve as the United Church of Canada's AVEL outlet - Audio Visual Educational Library - if you're not already a member of this unique library service, ask us about joining or visit the AVEL website www.avelgrandriver.com.


Paris downtown

When you visit downtown Paris, you will experience a range of shopping, dining and fun activities.  Our guests often share stories of finds at Mary Maxim's or stepping back in time at John M Halls Linens http://downtownparis.ca/


Brant Area

The Brant Area includes the County of Brant, City of Brantford and Six Nations of the Grand.  These three municipalities provide a wide array of destinations and experiences.  Visit www.explorethegrand.com for more information.


County of Brant

Whether dining riverside along the Grand - a Canadian Heritage River, enjoying coffee in one of the many Brant cafes, taking in a live music or theatre performance or  enjoying a Harvest Festival in the bright autumn colours that wraps the area like a woolen sweater, you will soon realize Brant Culture is uniquely captivating and will make you want to immerse yourself in it time and again.


Six Nations of the Grand River

Six Nations of the Grand River has the largest population of all First Nations in Canada.  We encourage guests to learn about the history of the land and support businesses.   The Woodland Cultural Centre, a museum of excellence, opens the doors to Southern Ontario’s First Nations past, present, and future.  On the 4th weekend of July, the Grand River "Champion of Champions" Powwow takes place attracting visitors from around the world.  



Program and Service Partners 


If you are looking for individuals to work with you or those you are bringing to Five Oaks, consider some of our program partners


The Kitchen

The Kitchen is the on-site caterer at Five Oaks.  Read more about how they can make your stay with us a delight for your palate: The Kitchen @ Five Oaks


Grand River Rafting  

Grand River Rafting  provides a number of unique programming opportunities.  Visit their site and discover the Buried Treasure Quest , moonlight paddles, nature interpretation and so much more.  Something for all ages and sizes of groups.


Grand River Bookstore

 Grand River Bookstore specializes in books which support spiritual development, creative expression, personal development, leadership and change, therapeutic touch, congregational, clergy and worship resources, children’s literature, social justice, and special resources for most Five Oaks programs.  Jackie Childerhose invites you to browse through the CDs, journals, greeting cards, fair trade products and much more! 


Reflecting on the River 

One of the greatest challenges we face in our lives is communicating with each other in groups, organizations, and one-on-one. Chris McCurdy's training will challenge your team to understand and develop their communication skills along with having a lot of fun.


Rainbow Duck Photography  

Sarah Keene has long been associated with Five Oaks.   She is known for her  known for her family, child and engagement photography visible on her site  


United in Learning


Emmanuel College Continuing Education


Ontario Jubilee


Courage and Renewal® 


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