Come Wander
Whitewater Adventures in the Ottawa Valley

Sometimes, it seems that weekends just aren’t long enough; like if you blink, you’ll miss them. Take advantage of the short breaks you have and get your heart racing as you challenge Mother Nature, accelerate to new speeds, or discover new heights in Ontario’s Highlands. Add these super-charged adventures to your next weekend Bucket List:

Challenge the Whitewater

Imagine soaring over roaring rapids and surging through furious currents surrounded by friends. Disconnect from the everyday, dip your paddle, and feel your muscles strain to fight against the rapids of the Ottawa River, hearing only the shouts of your crew members mixed with rushing water during a rafting trip with Wilderness Tours or OWL Rafting. Celebrate your whitewater triumph by drinking in (literally!) the refreshing power of the vast variety of brews on offer at Whitewater Brewery up the river.

Master the Rapids

Challenge yourself and discover a new skill by signing up for the Weekend Kayak Clinic at Madawaska Kanu Centre. Feel your muscles tighten and your heartbeat race as you steer yourself through strong currents and raging rapids. You’ll feel the burn in your arms long after Sunday!

Take the Plunge

Feel the exhilaration of free falling 150 feet towards the Ottawa River during a bungee jump with Wilderness Tours. Swallow your fear, close your eyes, and make the leap, then watch the river rush towards you before feeling the spring of the bungee pull you back up. (Tip: You may want to empty your pockets first!)

Rev Your Engine

Press the pedal to the floor and hear the engine roar during a visit to Calabogie Motorsports. Pure, exhilarating happiness waits for you when you master your maneuvering and chase the thrill around each turn, accelerating to new speeds on straightaways.

Stories

An Ode to Summer

A throwback to summers gone past, with inspiration for this year’s adventure.

Just Show Up

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

Highway 7 Hikes

Stretch your legs by exploring these nature hiking trails along Highway 7.

Coming Home

Discover the story of Sarain Fox and her journey home to the Ontario’s Highlands, relieving memories of ice fishing and snowmobiling along the way.

Spring is Calling

Hanging around the city when the scents of spring are tantalizingly tickling your nose is tough. This is when you yearn to get away from the slush, pack the car and head out for an almost-spring getaway to the countryside, where baby animals, maple syrup, G-rated fun, and fresh air are calling. Get out of […]

Spring Break

The sun is warm, the air smells like spring, and the birds are singing their special warm weather songs. It’s official; spring has sprung. After a long Canadian winter, spring getaways are a time-honoured tradition for families here in the great white north, and haven’t we earned a little fun in the sun? This is […]

Winter Just Got Awesome

Learn to climb or brush up on your skills with an epic ice climbing adventure at SOIceFest 2020 in Maynooth, ON.

Ultimate Après-Ski Experiences

Meet up with friends after a day well spent on the slopes or on the trails. Discover these top places in Ontario’s Highlands to celebrate the Apres Ski!

Fall in Love With Winter

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

Climb a Wall of Ice

Challenge yourself to reach new heights with an ice climbing adventure at these places across Ontario’s Highlands.

Embrace the Dog Days of Winter

If you can’t beat winter, join it with an epic dog sledding excursion through some of the most beautiful forests in Ontario.

Cycle Through Fall

As cooler temperatures arrive and leaves change colour, discover these top places throughout Ontario’s Highlands to cycle in the fall.

The Best Fall Canoeing

Discover these top lakes and rivers in Ontario’s Highlands to discover the beauty of fall colours from a canoe.

3 Cheers for Mom

Discover ways to give a mom a Mother’s Day to remember, with gift ideas that go above and beyond.

Batter up!

Get a behind the scenes look into the world of baseball at Sam Bat.

Where Am I?

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

Where Am I?

Make fresh tracks along premium snowmobile trail, the RAP Tour Loop.

Winter? Bring it!

Discover your love for the season with a classic Ottawa Valley winter.

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.

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.

Recharge in the Snow

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

All Terrain, All the Time

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

Raging the Rapids

SUP Instructor Courtney Sinclair takes her passion for paddle boarding to the whitewater.

Hair-Raising Drives

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

Roads Worth Riding

Plan your next motorcycle ride along the hand-crafted roads of Ontario’s Highlands. Wind around vast lakes, to fill up on culinary delights, and converse with friendly locals.