2 Days
Ottawa River

Whitewater Rafting and Riverboarding!
Are you ready for the ultimate whitewater combination? Combine whitewater rafting on the Ottawa River with a day of “In Your Face” Riverboarding.  Esprit pioneered Riverboarding here in Canada.  There is no faster, easier, or more exciting way to challenge whitewater on your own than Riverboarding.

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 Middle and the Main channels of the Ottawa River. Only Esprit offers you both channels of the river in the same day. That means twice the rapids, twice the adventure, twice the excitement and a bigger bang for your buck!
Looking to challenging towering waves at “face level”.   Riverboarding is a unique and challenging adventure that is truly “in your face”.  Armed with a rigid foam board, flippers, helmet and lifejacket, follow your guides kicking your way though towering waves, foaming holes and an array of world class whitewater. Slip your way onto the face of the waves catching a surf on the fly as you are propelled downstream.  Every trip has a skilled and knowledgable Esprit guide to get you to where you need to go.  There is also a support raft to climb into in the event you need a break from kicking.

NEW Covid-19 Kit included in your trip cost!  Every guest will receive an Esprit Non Medical Face Mask to be worn during bus transport, locally made hand sanitizer, souvenir pen, and COMPLEMENTARY PHOTOS!

Availability & Costs

May to OctoberAdults


This program happens over 2 days, one day of Rafting the other Riverboarding.

For Rafting:


8:30 am

Meet your guides and fellow adventurers at “Cafe de l’Ile” (or 7:45am at Esprit)”.

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

For Riverboarding:

Similar itinerary to our day of rafting  except now you will be riverboarding.

Note: Trip timing may vary depending on water levels.

What's included in your adventure

This trip includes
1 full day of rafting on both channels of the river
2 riverside lunch
All safety equipment
14 ft. self-bailing rafts
Internationally certified guides
Local transportation
Complimentary après rafting beverage
1 full day of Riverboarding on both channels of the river
"NEW" Air Medic emergency evacuation insurance
NEW Covid-19 Kit included in your trip cost! Every guest will receive an Esprit Non Medical Face Mask to be worn during bus transport, locally made hand sanitizer, souvenir pen, and COMPLEMENTARY PHOTOS!
Customize your day trip with Esprit by adding any of the following options:

Optional Add-ons

ShuttleOttawa/Gatineau same day return shuttle$25.00
Pembroke one way shuttle$25.00
Fort-Coulonge one way shuttle$10.00
AccommodationCamping (Bring your own tent)$15.00/night
Platform Tent Rental$25.00/night ($10 linen rental if required)
Additional MealsBreakfast$10.00
Basecamp Lunch$15.00
Ultimate BBQ$25
Photos / VideosPhoto Package$75 (*save $25 if purchased at time of reservation)

What you should bring with you for the day

Rafting: 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.


Riverboarding: You will need to have footwear for walking on shore, it is recommended to have a pair of socks for inside your flippers (prevents chaffing), and a T shirt to wear under your PFD.  In the event you are “thermally fragile” (get cold easily) we do have both wetsuits and drysuits available for rent.

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