A woman riding the rapids on a whitewater raft

Madawaska River | Destination Ontario

Whitewater Rafting in Ottawa Valley

A woman riding the rapids on a whitewater raft

Madawaska River | Destination Ontario

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 compact whitewater kayaks. 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

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 or mountain biking.

Location1260 Grants Settlement Road, Foresters Falls

OWL Rafting on the Ottawa River

This riverside 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.

Location: 40 Owl Lane, Foresters Falls

RiverRun Rafting Resort

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 while 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.

Location: 1260 Grants Settlement Road, Foresters Falls

Madawaska Kanu Centre

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.

Location: 247 River Road, Barry's Bay

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If you're new to whitewater rafting, here's everything you need to know, from different types of trips to the best season for the sport and what gear you'll need.

Last updated: November 2, 2022

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