1 Days
Ottawa River

Riverboarding is an exciting new adventure for serious whitewater enthusiasts! Harness the energy and power of the Ottawa River. Armed with your riverboard, flippers, helmet and lifejacket you will follow your guide into the heart of the rapids. Pioneered in New Zealand and on the Zambezi River, Africa. Riverboarding is the newest, most “in your face” way to experience whitewater. The trip will challenge, depending on water levels, either the Rocher Fendu Channel, the Calumet Channel or both! In spring flood, the Calumet Channel serves up delicious surfing holes and fantastic play spots which will help fine tune your maneuvering skills. In summer water levels, the Rocher Fendu channel provides thrilling big volume riverboarding with towering waves and exciting rollercoaster style rapids. After the trip, celebrate the day with an ice cold beverage.   The first round is on us!

Availability & Costs

June - OctoberAdults



8:30 am

Meet your guides and fellow adventurers at Cafe de L’Ile.

(Note: If you are staying at Esprit’s basecamp the night before, you will meet at 7:45am at Esprit.)


9:00 am

Safety briefing and instruction given enroute to put-in.

9:30 am

Begin riverboarding on the Calumet (Middle Channel) of the Ottawa River

12:15 pm


1:00 pm

Transport back to put-in

1:30 pm

Begin riverboarding of the Rocher Fendu (Main) Channel of the Ottawa River

4:30 pm

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

Note: Trip timing may vary depending on water levels.

What's included in your adventure

The Ottawa River riverboarding day trip includes
1 full day of riverboarding on both channels of the river
1 riverside lunch
All safety equipment
Wetsuits included prior to June 15
Internationally certified guides
Local transportation
Complimentary après rafting beverage
"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 Riverboarding day trip with Esprit by adding any of the following options:

Optional Add-ons

ShuttleOttawa/Gatineau same day return shuttle$25
AccommodationHostel upgrade:$15 / night
Additional nights of accommodation:
Hostel$30 / night
Platform Tent Rental$30 / night
Camping (bring your own tent)$15 / night
Additional MealsBreakfast$10
Basecamp Lunch$15
Ultimate BBQ$25
Thermal ProtectionWetsuit$20
Photos / VideosPhoto Package$75 (*save $25 if purchased at time of reservation)

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!),  socks to avoid chafing inside your flippers, 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.


Hear what others who have experienced the riverboarding day trip have to say:

“It was so much fun!”
Mathilde, Denmark

“Awesome job! Tons of fun, all the guides were great and vibrant people. Love the ecological focus of your camp. You guys rule!”
Matt, Toronto

“Wicked fun! I had an amazing time.”
Paula, International Traveler

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Cafe de L’Ile (Rafting Daytrip Rendez-Vous)

Esprit Basecamp 

Esprit Riverside BnB