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Raft both channels of the Ottawa River, Canada’s most famous whitewater river! The best way to experience the Canadian wilderness and enjoying exhilarating high volume rapids.
The Kipawa River is an incredible 16 km run, from Lake Kipawa down to Lake Temiscaming, with 18 named rapids and a 90 foot waterfall. Once a year, canoeists, kayakers and rafters alike join together for the Kipawa River Festival to celebrate this historic old river’s dramatic whitewater at the Kipawa River Festival.
By joining this trip, you are adding your voice to help in its preservation. The Kipawa Day Trip includes a 4-5 hour descent, riverside snack and all safety equipment. After the trip, we celebrate the day with an ice cold beverage. The first round is on us!
Note: Trip timing may vary depending on water levels
Camping: The festival provides camping accommodation at the put-in as well as at the take-out. Contact Camping Laniel for more details.
Hotel: The town of Temiscamingue (Quebec) offers hotel accommodation and is less than 30 minutes from the put-in on the Kipawa River. During the festival weekend, accommodation sell out quickly. We recommend making reservations in advance for hotel accommodations.
All your mandatory safety equipment is provided for you. Therefore, all you need to bring with you is 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. As the festival takes place in later part of the spring, cooler water and weather temperatures can be expected.
To help make your day comfortable, we highly recommend that you bring an extra fleece or wool sweater, fleece socks and running shoes (versus sandals) for extra thermal layering. Wetsuitsdrysuits can be rented at the put-in.