Be fully immersed in Canadian Canoe Culture as you tour via RV and overnight at Ontario Parks, Madawaska Kanu Centre and OWL Rafting. Discover the rich heritage and legacy of the canoe at the Canadian Canoe Museum and on your visit to the Algonquin Way Cultural Centre.
Adventures in Ottawa River
Feel the rush in the white-water capital of Canada. The upper Ottawa River boasts class III to IV (intermediate to advanced) rapids, including some water east of the Rock Mountains.
The options vary as much as the water levels, with a water rafting to gentle family float trips. water or massive, white-knuckle raging rapids, water guides make these trips fun and safe for everyone, no matter what level.
Riverside rafting resorts are tucked between the trees and rolling hills of the Ottawa Valley’s classic Canadian wilderness. Sleep under the stars at a campsite on the riverbank, or set up in one of the resort’s comfortable cabins and enjoy outdoor dinners and evening fireside entertainment.
Choose between family rafting or adventure rafting packages, which include meals, camping and all the essential gear for your days on the water.
Guided big rafts are available with 13 person capacity, sport rafts with a 6 or 8 person capacity or you can amp up your adrenaline in a two-person Sport Yak by taking on the rapids with a friend, with a guide kayaking nearby to give direction.
After an exciting day on the water, you can just relax on back at resort or make use of the resort’s facilities – canoes, kayaks, sauna, sand beach and more. Choose from a variety of accommodations (camping, camping cabins, cottages or luxury suites) at the resorts.
While you are there:
These exciting rafting adventures are located approximately 1.5 hours north of Ottawa, Canada’s Capital Region, where there is plenty to see and do before or after your adventure.
Close to the rafting resorts in the Ottawa Valley, you can explore Ontario’s natural underground at Bonnechere Caves, an hour’s drive from the Ottawa River, where you can take a guided tour to explore fossils and bat habitats.
Enjoy locally sourced food, drink and musical talent at the Whitewater Brewing Company, just minutes from the shore of the Ottawa River.
Fly into Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. Rent a car and drive 1 1/2 hours north to the Ottawa Valley.
Book your adventure
After 5 fun-filled hours of waterwater thrills in Class III and IV rapids in a Big Boat (13 person raft), you'll enjoy a delicious sunset BBQ dinner cruise before returning to the resort to see an après rafting video that relives the day's highlights.