Who We Are!

We Are Adventurers

At Esprit we pride ourselves in being DIFFERENT than other adventure outfitters.  We strive to distinguish ourselves by providing  experiences that, in all aspects, exceeds expectations. We also believe that our guests choose Esprit because they share our core values and principles.  Three things you should know about Esprit:

  • We LOVE adventure (hence we are quite good at it)
  • We are outspoken advocates for our natural environment (where our type of adventures take place)
  • We care about people (our guests, our staff and our communities) 

We strive to deliver fun, exciting, informative and secure adventures for you, your friends and your family.  Your investment (of your time and money) in Esprit helps us to:

  •  Continue our advocacy for our home river (the Ottawa), our local rivers (Petawawa, Dumoine, Kipawa) and international rivers (Rio Antigua)
  • Provide “Equal Access” to anyone that wishes to participate in our adventures regardless of their physical or neurological challenges. 
  • Fund and operate the not-for-profit Whitewater Healing that provides kids and families challenged with Autism an opportunity to get out and enjoy the river.

Esprit (literally translated) means Spirit.    We hope that you “Discover Your Spirit of Aventure” with us.

See you on the river!

Jim, Barbara and Taigan Coffey

Where We Are!

the Ottawa River's Secret Season ... September and October ``Rock On The River``!

Our “Secret Season” is upon us.  As other outfitters close after Labour Day we at Esprit are in “full swing” right uptown thanksgiving (Oct. 10).  The fall features great water levels (unseasonably high), Autumn colours, and a feeling of having the whole river to ourselves.  Its not too late to join us for a day of adventure, camaraderie and FUN!… Just Add Water!

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Why Choose Esprit?

Locally Focused

Esprit is and will always be a strong voice for our rivers and our communities. Support a company that shares your environmental and social values

Twice the fun!

Our trip takes you down BOTH channels of the Ottawa River in the same day. Other outfitters take you down one OR the other. You get 2x the rafting with Esprit!

Small rafts-Big Discount!

Smaller rafts are WAY more fun. We exclusively use smaller 14Ft., 7 passenger rafts (think sports car). Others use giant (20ft or bigger) 12 passenger rafts (think minivan) that aren’t as much fun. We also have the best group discount in the industry… Bring 6 friends and YOU raft FREE!

National Geographic Ratings

Not trying to brag… and its no big deal but… National Geographic has rated us the World’s #1 Whitewater Outfitter in their Best Outfitters On Earth survey (OK kind of a BIG DEAL)!

Our team

We’re REALLY NICE! We care about people and the planet. We also do AMAZING things. Our “Fearless Leader” Jim Coffey broke the 25yr old world record by running an 18m waterfall in a canoe (we are kinda “Ninja like” (Click the Icon to watch the video)!

Eco-Policy

Fueling our social and environmental advocacy are our eco-policies and principles. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”.
Esprit offers you TWICE the rapids for the same price!

DOUBLE YOUR FUN WITH ESPRIT!

Only Esprit offers you both channels of the Ottawa River in the same day

In the morning, we will challenge the rapids of the Middle Channel which features Garvin’s Chute (a 5m high waterfall) and the roller coaster waves of Lower Ostrom’s. Surf’s up at Butterfly rapid as we slide our 14 ft. rafts onto the wave face for an exhilarating front surf. Between rapids, you can cool things down body surfing in the swift moving currents. At the end of the Middle Channel enjoy a healthy riverside lunch while your equipment is being loaded onto our shuttle vehicles to bring you back to the put in for your second descent.

In the afternoon, we will pack in plenty of action on the Main Channel riding the crashing waves of The Lorne, Butcher’s Knife, Norman’s and Coliseum – an array of world class whitewater. Featuring towering 14ft waves, the majority of the river’s volume surges through this channel. After the trip, celebrate the day with an ice cold beer, juice or soft drink. The first round is on us!

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