I have an Epson R1900 printer, and I use Epson paper and ink. Most of the inkjet photo printers (e.g., Epson, HP, Canon, etc.) are designed to work with papers and inks from the same manufacturers, although some manufacturers also provide profiles for other papers.
For your stated purposes, I would simply stay with the Canon paper and ink. If you get into more artsy printing, etc., then you can think about other papers.