Rafting Ontario - White Water Rafting Ottawa

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Ottawa River Whitewater Rafting

Renowned for its rough-and-tumble waves, rapids and swells, the Ottawa River offers some of the best whitewater east of the Rockies. The river flows out of Lake Temiskaming and runs over 1,200 kilometres along Ontario’s east border to meet the St. Lawrence. It was called ‘The Great River’ by the Algonquin First Nations, who lived along its banks.  If heart-racing adventure is your game, gear up to ride class III and class IV daredevil sections called Hell’s Half Mile, Lemming’s Leap and Butcher’s Knife or tackle the steep, five-metre (16 ft.) waterfall at Garvin's Chute. Choose from a guided big raft adventure (13 people), a sport raft (6 or 8 people) or amp it up in a 2 person Sport Yak.  

Rafting outfitters on the Ottawa River include OWL Rafting on the Ottawa RiverRiver Run Rafting and Wilderness Resort and Wilderness Tours Raft and Kayak Resort.  After an exciting day on the water, just relax at a resort or make use of its facilities - canoes, kayaks, sauna, and more. Choose from a variety of accommodations (camping, cabins, cottages or luxury suites). 

Madawaska River Rafting

For a calmer water adventure, try a gentle family float trip on the Madawaska River with Madawaska Kanu Centre, a family rafting adventure on the quieter channels of the Ottawa River.

Grand River Rafting

The Grand River flows from Grey County, south of the Georgian Bay down through the rural countryside of southwestern Ontario and empties into the north shore of Lake Erie. It is hugely popular with paddlers, rafters, anglers, nature photographers and outdoor enthusiasts. Choose either a guided or self-guided rafting tour with Grand River Rafting or go tubing down the rushing rapids at Elora Gorge.

Group of people in a white water raft.

VIDEO: The Planet D Go Whitewater Rafting

The Planet D, top adventure travel bloggers, experienced the thrill of whitewater rafting on the Ottawa River. Watch their video here.  

Boat on the water in Ottawa.


Check out some of the attractions, events and activities you can do around the Ottawa River.