The seemingly endless wilderness and diverse landscape in Ontario allow for plenty of outdoor activities including river rafting on the Ottawa River just a few hours drive from Montreal, Toronto, and Syracuse, NY.
The most famous river for whitewater rafting in eastern Canada is the Ottawa River. It flows through the archipelago-like maze of hundreds of islands in the Rocher Fendu (Split Rock) region, a seven-mile stretch of channels with technical whitewater.
Ontario whitewater rafting trips on the Ottawa River feature roller-coaster-like Class IV rapids, calmer Class I-II rapids, and cascading waterfalls. There are numerous channels and because of the variety of routes, the Ottawa is one of the few rivers where rafters of all skill levels can begin and end their trip together. There are trip options for everyone from beginners to whitewater rafting pros. Depending on flows, Ottawa whitewater rafting trips are offered on the Main Channel, Middle Channel, and Lower Channel. Trips are generally one or two days in length. The Main Channel is run the most often for high-adrenaline rafting trips on the Ottawa’s well-known raft-drenching rapids. The Middle Channel is more remote and offers thrilling whitewater excitement and unique scenery. The Lower Ottawa is a fun float trip and fishing adventure for beginners and families with children. Ottawa River rafting trips run from May-September.