The beauty of the Ottawa is its size. Big rapids and warm water all summer combine to make the Ottawa Canada’s top rafting and kayaking destination. Running through an island paradise of 175 islands, the Ottawa boasts rapids, waterfalls, sandy beaches and spectacular rock formations all in isolated splendor. This whitewater archipelago features a variety of paddling challenges with two exciting and very different channels: The Ottawa’s MAIN CHANNEL is a straight forward rock ’em, sock ’em BIG WATER run. You’ll challenge the MAIN’s towering waves and giant hydraulics in rugged 12 person rafts with an experienced guide at the helm. It’s a fantastic team building opportunity as you tackle the biggest whitewater east of the Colorado. The tight and technical MIDDLE CHANNEL is an ideal setting for Canada’s premier "Guide Your Own Raft" experience. You’ll have the time of your life as you zig and zag down this challenging run under the watchful supervision of our skilled and personable kayak guides.
The competitors at the recent World Championships held on the Ottawa echoed what we have been saying for almost 40 years... "The Ottawa is arguably the best freestyle river in the world". All the attributes for making the Ottawa Canada’s top rafting river make it the world’s top freestyle kayak river. Where can you find waves to rival Lava Falls, holes as big as Crystal, a waterfall to test the ’hairiest’ of boaters and water as warm as the tropics... Where? TheOttawa!
BY SEA KAYAK
The Ottawa River is fast becoming a paradise for not only whitewater kayaks but touring kayaks as well. Located at the eastern end of the Ottawa Kayak Heritage Trail, WT is perfectly situated to begin or end your sea kayak trip. Do a great day trip out of WT or spend several magical days paddling the entire trail. The Trail encompasses the best kayak touring on the Ottawa from "Swisha"(real name is Rapid Des Joachim but no one can pronounce it, hence "Swisha") to Wilderness Tours.
As Canada’s top river company and rafting pioneer, WT’s 25 years of experience is your guarantee of a quality and professional experience. WT is a founding member of the Canada River Council, dedicated to safe, professional rafting. You’ll find the best equipment including self-bailing MARAVIA rafts chosen to supply the famous river movie, RIVER WILD. We use professional river running helmets and comfortable harness type life jackets. Our guides are simply the best in the business. They are First Aid, CPR and SRT (Swiftwater Rescue Technician) qualified.
Equally important, WT guides are friendly, informative and live our mission of "sharing the magic found in whitewater".
WHAT TRIP IS BEST FOR YOU
Rapids are classed on a scale of 1-6 with 6 being the most difficult. High Adventure is Class 3-5 and Gentle Adventure is Class 1-3. Class 4 and 5 rapids are big and there is always the risk of overturning or taking an unscheduled swim. If you have any doubts as to what trip you should take, start with the Gentle Trip and work your way up to the big stuff.