OWL Rafting on the Ottawa River is proud to say that we have been selected by Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) as an Ontario Signature Experience (OSE). The Ontario Signature Experience designations are part of a newly launched program to promote the best of what Ontario Tourism has to offer.
Canada’s beautiful capital region is home to white water rafting which has recently received the title of “Ontario Signature Experience” from the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC). The Ontario’s Signature Experience designation authenticates and promotes the best and most unique Ontario tourism experiences. The majestic, rolling Ottawa River is highlighted with exceptional rafting experience of OWL Rafting on the Ottawa River.
The Ottawa River boasts some of the World’s best, biggest and warmest white water – a combination that provides an unforgettable water adventure that should be on everyone’s BUCKET LIST. A quality experience so unique that visitors from around the world will travel to Ontario just to partake in it, along with the other Signature Experiences. The Ottawa River is renowned for its scenic views and the remarkable white water. Located just 90 minutes from the nation’s capital, OWL Rafting on the Ottawa River offers exceptional rafting from mid-May and runs until mid-September.
What makes OWL so special?
Unique in the world of white water rafting the OWL experience on the Ottawa River combines a full-day descent of the famous Rocher Fendu rapids, with a return cruise aboard our Pontoon Boat enjoying a freshly grilled BBQ meal.
The River Trip: At the top of every rapid, the guide explains the run, requests a ‘thumbs-up’ before steering the raft into laughing waves, where everyone will get wet. Quiet pools intersect the rapids – a great place to relax, take in the wilderness scenery, spot a blue heron or swimming beaver and recharge for the next ‘Big One’. Body surfing, raft surfing, cliff jumping, sandy beach lazing are a part of every raft trip. Taking in two more rapids, OWL meets up with the infamous Pontoon Boat where you change into dry cloths for a delicious homemade grilled meal. Afternoon trips get to enjoy a golden sunset for the cruise back to the OWL Resort.
OWL’s 25 acre Lakeside Resort is the hub of all our activities that culminates the day on the river with a truly special holiday experience for our guests. We offer affordable overnight accommodations in rustic cabins or waterfront camping, buffet style, home cooked meals, a sandy beach with kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, SUP’s, disk golf course and new pump-track for bike enthusiasts.
OWL runs two Family Trip options: Madawaska River just east of Algonquin Park is a 2-hour trip for all ages – even 2 year olds enjoy the introduction to moving water. Ottawa River trips are a full day and include the Pontoon Boat BBQ, waterfront activities and ‘Rafter Wrap-up’ – a video presentation of your trip to music.
If you want to paddle white water in your own boat, the best place to go is just north of Toronto at Madawaska Kanu Centre – also an “Ontario Signature Experience” for a Weekend ‘tester’ or a Week-long immersion in Kayak or Canoeing. Located on the dam released section of the Madawaska River just East of Algonquin Park, MKC is internationally renowned as the ‘Hot Spot’ for learning how to paddle white water. We call it a RAPID EDUCATION!