Craving Whitewater? Ottawa Valley’s Got Your Adrenaline Fix

A man in a blue sport kayak rides a rough wave

If adrenaline-pumping adventure is your game, don a helmet and wetsuit for some whitewater rodeo. Gear up to ride the class III and IV daredevil sections of the Ottawa River’s Rocher Fendu rapids of Butcher’s Knife, Coliseum and Hell’s Half Mile. Wrestle opponents named Bus Eater and The White Faced Monster. Tackle the steep, five-metre waterfall at Garvin’s Chute in the Middle Channel. 

Trips include guided big raft adventures for up to 13 people, sport rafting for six to eight people, and two-person sport yaks. But if you’re looking for rafting with less heart-pounding excitement, you can also set out on a lazy ½ or full day river float. 

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Wilderness Tours Adventure Resort, Foresters Falls 

As Canada’s largest whitewater rafting resort, this property offers the full experience. Accommodations range from camping to basic and deluxe cabins and activities extend beyond the wild river rafting and kayak adventure. There’s a pool, sports courts and a restaurant with live music entertainment and nightlife. If the rough ride isn’t thrilling enough, up the ante with fishing, mountain biking or bungee jumping into the river. 

OWL Rafting on the Ottawa River, Foresters Falls 

This lakeside resort features great high energy adventure, as well as family-oriented trips in their one or two-day packages. Choose from waterfront camping, rustic cabins or luxury cabanas with ensuite washrooms. Meal plans are available and we recommend the dinner cruise along the calmer waters of the Ottawa River. 

RiverRun Rafting Resort, Foresters Falls 

Choose your adventure level from whitewater thrills on big rafts or sport rafts to a gentler whitewater trip on the Middle Channel. Or opt for a relaxing summer day of floating in an inner tube down the river. Whatever experience you choose, you’ll share a laugh regrouping in the pub at the end of the day for refreshments and a video presentation of your trip. Lodging includes a range of cabins, cottages and two nearby houses, as well as a campground. 

Madawaska Kanu Centre, Barry’s Bay 

Learn new techniques and improve your paddling skills on a gentle rafting, canoeing or kayaking excursion on the Madawaska River. This is the perfect balance of adventure and guiding for families or anyone looking for an intro to the sport. Created, owned and operated by three generations of paddlers, you’re in expert hands on these trips downstream. Stay in the Swiss style chalet with easy access to the activity centre. Cabanas, dorms and camping are all also available. 


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