Wilderness Tours

Wilderness Tours is Canada’s largest whitewater rafting and adventure resort company as well as the Ottawa River’s oldest and first rafting company.  This 240+ hectare adventure playground is located on the shores of the Ottawa River, about an hour’s drive west of Ottawa or 4.5 hours from downtown Toronto.

The facility is strategically positioned to take full advantage of the whitewater action on the nearby stretches of the river. The mighty Ottawa River is known as one of the world’s best waterways for whitewater adventure. Gentle currents quickly escalate into adrenaline-pumping class III and IV swells and rapids, including the steep, 5 metre waterfall in the Middle Channel.

The Main Channel has rapids called the Butcher’s Knife, the Bus Eater, Hell’s Half Mile and the White Faced Monster, you know you’re in for a wild ride.  The Middle Channel’s rapids are perfect for gentle family rafting trips for both adults and children as young as 5 years old.

A variety of fully outfitted water based adventures are offered, including canoe trips, stand up paddle boarding, sea kayaking as well as tubing.

A range of accommodations are available to suit every group and budget. In between rafting on the river, hit the trails on a mountain bike or work up a sweat on the sports courts. If relaxing is more your speed, chill on the sandy beach, soak in one of the hot tubs or lounge in the new timber sauna, repurposed from a 150-year-old timber cabin. 

For up-to-date information and details about Wilderness Tours visit their website.

people in a raft navigating whitewater in a raging river

Photo credit: Wilderness Tours

More about Wilderness Tours

Customize your ideal adrenaline-fueled getaway at Canada’s premier adventure destination. Choose from different types of accommodation, including camping, RV and trailer sites, as well as basic and deluxe cabins and luxury cottages. Sizes and amenities of the cabins and cottages vary, and some feature ensuite washrooms while others have shared bathrooms. Families or groups of friends may prefer multi-bedroom cottages with full kitchens and docks. The park village features designated family and adult zones.

Though wild river rafting and kayaking on the Ottawa River is the main attraction at Wilderness Tours, there are loads of other adventures and activities to keep everyone engaged and entertained.

Explore the local trails of the National Whitewater Park by mountain bike or on a hike. Splash in the outdoor pool, test your balance on a stand-up paddle board or spend an afternoon fishing. Play basketball or volleyball on the sports courts which are open and lit in the evenings. 

On site, a fully licensed bar and casual restaurant regularly features live music, DJs and entertainment.

Last updated: September 25, 2023

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