1 Day
Ottawa River

Raft Canada’s most famous whitewater river! Featuring great Canadian wilderness and spectacular high volume rapids, the Esprit “Two-Channel” day trip will take you down both the Calumet (Middle) and Rocher Fendu (Main) channels of the Ottawa River. Only Esprit offers you both channels of the Ottawa River in the same day. That means twice the rapids, twice the adventure, twice the excitement and twice the FUN!

In the morning, we will challenge the rapids of the Calumet (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 Calumet (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 Rocher Fendu (Main) Channel riding the crashing waves of The Lorne, Butcher’s Knife, Norman’s and Coliseum – an array of world class whitewater. Featuring towering waves, the majority of the river’s volume surges through this channel. After the trip, celebrate the day with an ice cold beverage. The first round is on us!

Availability & Costs

May-OctoberAdults (12 years+)Youths (7-11) Morning rafting on the Middle Channel plus afternoon adventure activities.


The Esprit Two-Channel Day Trip packs your day with the most whitewater possible! Our trip is designed to take full advantage of your day on the water by striking the perfect balance in providing more rapids with less waiting, more wilderness and less people.


8:30 am

Meet your guides and fellow adventurers at “Café de l’île”. Note: If you are staying at Esprit’s basecamp the night before, you will meet at 7:45 am at the basecamp.

9:00 am

Safety briefing and instruction given enroute to put-in

9:30 am

Begin rafting on the Calumet (Middle) channel of the Ottawa River

12:15 pm


1:00 pm

Transport back to put-in

1:30 pm

Begin rafting on the Rocher Fendu (Main) channel of the Ottawa River

4:30 pm

Take out and return for photo and video presentation of your day

What's included in your adventure

The Ottawa River “Two-Channel” day trip includes:

  • 1 full day of rafting on both channels of the river
  • 1 riverside lunch, all safety equipment
  • 1 riverside lunch, all safety equipment
  • Internationally certified guides
  • Complimentary après rafting beverage
  • Wetsuits (until June 15)
  • “NEW” Air Medic emergency evacuation insurance
Customize your day trip with Esprit by adding any of the following options:

Optional Add-ons

ShuttleOttawa / Gatineau same day return shuttle$25
Pembroke one way shuttle$25
Fort-Coulonge one way shuttle$10
AccommodationCamping (Bring your own tent)$15 / night
Hostel$30 / night
Platform Tent Rental$30 / night
Ultimate BBQ$25
Thermal ProtectionWetsuit/Drysuit$20 / $40
Photos / VideosPhoto Package (*Save $25.00 if purchased at time of reservation)$75 / $50

What you should bring with you for the day

All your mandatory safety equipment is provided for you, therefore, all you need to bring with you are some personal items to help make your day even more enjoyable. We recommend that you bring a pair of shoes or sandals to wear on the river (they will get wet!), your swimsuit and/or shorts, sunscreen, water bottle, towel and a change of clothes.

If you are joining us during the early spring (April & May), we highly recommend that you bring an extra fleece or wool sweater, fleece socks and running shoes (versus sandals) for extra thermal layering under your wetsuit.


Don’t just take our word for the fact that Esprit provides the Ottawa River’s best rafting trip! Here is what others who have experienced an Esprit day trip have to say:

“Excellent day! First time whitewater rafting and we will definitely be back.”
Tammy & Damien McCarthy


“Does Esprit mean magic? It should, as this is the best word I can think of to describe the experience! Thank you so much.”


“We had a great time rafting on the Ottawa River – very exciting!! Thanks to all the staff for their warm hospitality and really great attitudes!”
Melissa Casimin & Mike Tavares

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