Come Wander

Friendly guides, rolling rivers, picturesque wilderness, and sometimes a bit of a chill; we think whitewater rafting is a truly Canadian experience (and we won’t be making any apologies for it).

Imagine piling into a raft with friends and family, laughter filling the air as you soar over roaring rapids; dip, twist, and turn around bends and crooks; and feel the cool spray of water against your sun-warmed skin. Renowned as the Whitewater Capital of Canada, the Ottawa Valley doesn’t discriminate against less seasoned paddlers, and offers experiences for every type of traveler. So climb aboard, dip your paddle, or simply float in your tube and get ready to embrace some whitewater fun.

For the Weekender: OWL Rafting on the Ottawa River

Climb into a 12 person raft and spend two days paddling, splashing, and rolling down one of the world’s great whitewater routes as you immerse yourself in paddling culture during a full Adventure Raft Package with OWL Rafting on the Ottawa River. Enjoy the chance to head back to camp and breathe in the delicious scent of open air grilling; bump and dive during beach volleyball; hear laughter fill the night sky during the fireside programming; and soak any aches away during a hot sauna.

Whitewater Rafting on the Ottawa River

Insider Tip: Give your ‘sea legs’ a rest and take a break from paddling, to pedal the backroads and countryside of the Ottawa Valley by booking a tour with Valley Cycle Tours.

For the Thrill Seeker: Wilderness Tours

Ever play Rock ’Em Sock ‘Em Robots? The Sport Rafting Program is kind of like that, except instead of mini robots you can control, you’re the one being rocked, socked, and dipped as you make your way down the roaring Ottawa River, paddling hard and feeling every single wave and ripple along the way in your 6-person raft (ok, maybe it’s not like the game after all). Affectionately known as The Flip Trip, the knowledgeable Wilderness Tours guides who lead you on this safe, invigorating, cruise down the river guarantee you will get wet.

Whitewater Rafting with Wilderness Tours

Insider Tip: When we say you’ll get wet, we’re not lying. So pack a dry set of clothes to leave on land so you can comfortably enjoy any après-raft activities, like a local brew at Whitewater Brewing Company.

For the Family-Focused: Madawaska Kanu Centre

Huddling together in a boat as a guide steers you over tumbling whitewater and navigates down five kilometers of river – resulting in excited screams and plenty of laughs – certainly has a way of bringing a family closer together. With Madawaska Kanu Centre (MKC) being family created, owned, and operated since 1972, they truly understand the importance of family and their two-hour guided trip is suitable for ages two and above. Get your heart racing together and watch your children’s faces light up with each exciting dip and curve.

Family Rafting with MKC

Insider Tip: Fresh air and sunshine have a way of bringing out an appetite and luckily MKC is FeastON certified, so you can refuel and avoid any hangry family moments with delicious, hearty, and locally-sourced meals.

For the Relaxed: RiverRun Rafting

Whitewater doesn’t need to be all about holding on tight and paddling hard. Hop in a tube, soak up the sun, and float down two kilometres of Mother Nature’s own lazy river with RiverRun Rafting, then feel the sand between your toes at the resort beach.

Insider Tip: Just because your body gets to relax, doesn’t mean your taste buds should. Stop into Bonnechere Bakery to pick up sandwiches, salads, and pastries for a picnic lunch that will thrill your palate.
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Ontario’s Highlands Insiders

Knowledgeable in uncovering hidden gems, making fresh tracks, embracing new perspectives, and disconnecting from the everyday, this group of experts is happy to share their wisdom with you. With a passion for local stories, a love of delicious food, and a thirst for unrehearsed days, this team is made up of creative minds and wandering souls.

Stories

One Last Ride

Watch JR Alli’s video and see what he discovers when he allows himself to just wander.

An Action-Packed Weekend

Read how Will Tang from Going Awesome Places raced muscle cars and experienced thrills on the rapids with whitewater raftering in the Ottawa Valley.

Whitewater Rafting as a Family

Read about how one family took on whitewater rafting on the Madawaska River and why they can’t wait to do it again.

Just Show Up

Hit the water and taken advantage of these easy canoeing opportunities in Ontario’s Highlands.

Video: The Freedom Finder

I’m a Freedom Finder. I wander with speed! I seek out opportunities to make fresh tracks, blaze new trails, and get my adrenaline pumping.

Where Am I

Explore the sweet moments and ageless beauty of Perth, Ontario.

Where Am I?

Climb to new heights at the Medeba Ice Wall and enjoy the unique view from the top of this sparkling wonder.

Recharge in the Snow

Disconnect from the everyday with a snowmobile trip through Ontario’s Highlands.

Winter Bucket List

Unique winter experiences in Ontario’s Highlands that will give you something to brag about.

All Terrain, All the Time

Pack your saddle bags and press the throttle for an all terrain adventure like no other in Ontario’s Highlands.

Raging the Rapids

SUP Instructor Courtney Sinclair takes her passion to the whitewater with paddleboarding.

Hair-Raising Drives

Explore roads of Ontario with these drives that make you reach for your hairbrush.

Why To Choose the Back Roads

Writer Christopher Korchin takes a drive full of surprises on the long and winding roads of Ontario’s Highlands.

Roads Worth Riding

Time to take out your motorcycle and plan your next group ride along the hand-crafted roads of Ontario’s Highlands. Prepare to tighten your grip as you wind around vast lakes, to fill up on mouth-watering dishes, and to converse with some of the friendly locals.