Ontario Highlands Whitewater Rafting

  • Multiple Durations Available
  • May to September

Northwest of the nation’s capital, the Ottawa River surges across Canadian Shield country. This is a path forged by First Nations, traversed by fur traders since the 1600s and fostered by foresters at the turn of the last century. Today you can visit for a whitewater adventure, enjoying a day-long rafting experience through the dynamic Rocher Fendu Rapids. With options available to suit everyone, choose a gentle family-friendly float which meanders calmly down the river, or pick an adrenaline ride on the high-adventure whitewater tour which can see up to Class IV rapids.

Ottawa River High Adventure

Duration: 7 Hours 30 minutes – Departure: Check in at 8:30am, return at 4pm

Arrive and sign in at the OWL Rafting front desk. Join others for your trip briefing, gear up, and climb aboard the OWL bus for a short transfer to the ‘put-in’, the start of your river day.

Here you meet your guide who will have you practise your strokes to prepare for the rapids ahead. Your guide lines the boat up for the best line, then with everyone paddling, you crash through waves a meter in height and get very wet- but the water is warm with Ontario’s hot summer weather. Each rapid on the Ottawa is followed by a ‘pool’, giving you time to relax and prepare for the next one.

You’ll stop for a snack and maybe some cliff-jumping, float and perhaps see an osprey or beaver. Before you know it, you meet the Pontoon boat, where you’ll climb aboard for a hearty hot barbecued meal on the return cruise to the resort. Rafter wrap-up has you relive your day’s adventure as you watch a short video of your own trip: a great souvenir to purchase. Before you depart, enjoy a sauna or a hot outdoor shower and play on our sandy beach – canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards

What to wear: All participants MUST be wearing secure footwear (eg. running shoes or water shoes). Crocs, flip-flops, and bare feet are not acceptable. We also suggest a bathing suit or swim shorts. For sun protection, consider sunscreen and long-sleeved athletic tops.

Restrictions: All participants must weigh at least 41 kg (90 lbs)

Ottawa River Soft Adventure

Duration: 7 Hours 30 minutes – Departure: Check in at 8:30am, return at 4pm

Arrive and sign in at the OWL Rafting front desk. Join others for your trip briefing, gear up, and climb aboard the OWL bus for a short transfer to the ‘put-in’, the start of your river day.

Here you meet your guide who will have you practise your strokes to prepare for the rapids ahead. Your guide lines the boat up for the best line, then with everyone paddling, you splash through waves and get wet – the water is warm with Ontario’s hot summer weather. Each rapid on the Ottawa is followed by a ‘pool’, giving you time to relax and prepare for the next one. You’ll stop for a snack and maybe some cliff-jumping, float and perhaps see an osprey or beaver.

Before you know it, you meet the Pontoon boat, where you’ll climb aboard for a hearty hot barbecued meal on the return cruise to the resort. Rafter wrap-up has you relive your day’s adventure as you watch a short video of your own trip: a great souvenir to purchase. Before you depart, enjoy a sauna or a hot outdoor shower and play on our sandy beach – canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.

What to wear: All participants MUST be wearing secure footwear (eg. running shoes or water shoes). We also suggest a bathing suit or swim shorts. For sun protection, consider sunscreen and long-sleeved athletic tops.

Restrictions: All participants must weigh at least 41 kg (90 lbs).

Half Day Family Raft Trip

Duration: 5 Hours 30 minutes – Departure: Check in at 1:30pm, return at 7pm

Arrive and sign in at the OWL Rafting front desk. Join others for your trip briefing, gear up, and climb aboard the OWL bus for a short shuttle to the ‘put-in’, the start of your River day. Meet your guide and jump in your raft. After a short on-water safety briefing, you hit the rapids. Our experienced and passionate guides control the raft using oars: all you have to do is hang on and have fun. Starting with Black’s Chute and Waikiki Waves, you alternate exhilarating rides through the rapids with opportunities to relax and swim. Body surf and float in the friendly warm waters: if the water levels allow you will stop for some cliff jumping.

Before you know it, you meet the Pontoon boat, where you’ll climb aboard for a freshly grilled dinner on the return cruise to the resort. Rafter wrap-up has you relive your day’s adventure as you watch a short video of your own trip: a great souvenir to purchase. Before you leave, enjoy a sauna or a hot outdoor shower, or play on our sandy beach complete with canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.

What to wear: All participants MUST be wearing secure footwear (eg. running shoes or water shoes). Crocs, flip-flops, and bare feet are not acceptable. We also suggest a bathing suit or swim shorts. For sun protection, consider sunscreen and long-sleeved athletic tops.

Suitable for: Adult and children weighing a minimum of 23kg (50lbs).

2 Hour Cruise

Duration: 2 Hours 30 minutes – Departure: Check in at 1:30pm, return at 4pm

Climb aboard and savour the time on the water as you travel upstream for an hour, then return during your meal. All meals include a hot main grilled on the boat, choice of three salads, freshly baked bun, tea, coffee, juice, and baked sweet. OWL Rafting is a three-generation family-run resort, renowned for its attention to detail, exceptional service, and locally sourced cuisine.

Ottawa River High Adventure

From £113 per person.

Ottawa River Soft Adventure

From £113 per adult & £96 per child

Half Day Family Raft Trip

From £86 per adult & £69 per child

Prices Includes: Experienced guide service, rafting gear, pontoon meal cruise, all waterfront equipment, and après rafting video presentation.

2 Hour Cruise

From £44 per adult & £34 per child

Price Includes: Lunch on board the OWL Pontoon boat. Basic dietary requests of vegetarian or gluten-free can be accommodated with advance notice.

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