Raft n Rod

This trip is an exciting mix of rafting and fishing. Float your way down a magical ride from Moon Lake to the National Whitewater Park Village. This trip rides the currents of the final rapids of the Main Channel just below Coliseum. Dog’ Leg, Black’s, and Heaven’s Half Mile are exciting but kid friendly rapids.

Once we hit shore at the Park Village we trade our paddles for rods and fish from a number of perfect shoreline locations. Our guides look after the kids so the parents can decide if they would prefer to relax at the beach or by the pavilion.

 

As an extra fun element of this trip we bring a number of SportYaks, which are ideal for the older kids and teens that allows you to experience the white water in a way that’s a little more “up close and personal!”

 

Our most popular family overnight package is called our Mini Vacation Package which has the Raft n’ Rod Program built into the package at a discount!  This can also be combined in our Raft n’ Rod Resort Package or a full 5 day Family Adventure Camp.

Best Second Day Family Trip
5/5
  • Monday - Friday
    $109
  • Sunday
    $114
  • Monday - Friday
    $89
  • Sunday

    Sorry program not available on Saturdays

    $99

*Price is subject to 13% HST & $15/day/person Park Pass

Day Trip Includes

  • Trip Duration: 3-4 Hours

    Trip timing can vary depending on daily river conditions. Our professional Trip Leaders always prioritize safety and guest enjoyment!

  • Professional Guide

    Wilderness Tours guides are famous for their industry-leading skills, as well as their friendly personalities and positive attitudes.

  • Lunch Included

    A hearty lunch is included at the main Park Village Pavilion.

  • Gear Included

    Life Jacket, Helmet, Paddle, Fishing equipment and "special bait"

  • Shuttle Included

    This trip begins by meeting your Trip Leader at the Park Village. After a safety orientation, you will be provided with gear, then you'll board the bus which takes the trip to the beginning of the rapids. The river then flows downstream back to the Park Village. The trip ends on shore at the Park Village walking-distance from your vehicle.

Not Included / Optional Upgrades

  • Stayover Package

    Stayover packages bundle your choice of activity with dinner and breakfast meals and a campsite.

  • Photo-Video Memories Package

    Our media team captures those special moments worth saving - so you can focus on paddling! Pre-book your video and photo package and save 20% off. Choose this option during check out.

  • Wetsuit Rental (ages 13+)

    Wetsuits are complimentary for children ages 5-12. Wetsuits for ages 13+ are available for rent.

  • Storage Lockers

    We have coin operated storage lockers to keep your valuables safe while you are on the river.

Trip Itinerary

  • Arrival and Check In Ottawa Kayak School Wilderness Tours National Whitewater Park

    1. Arrival & Check-In

    We recommend arriving 45 minutes before your Pre-Trip Briefing time. Your briefing time can be found in your reservation information. Arriving with enough time before your trip will ensure that you can get prepared for your trip at a comfortable speed. Our trip briefings operate ON-TIME. Shuttles for trips generally depart 30 minutes after the pre-trip briefing time.

  • 2. Dress for Rafting

    You will need to wear footwear that will stay securely on your feet (NO FLIP-FLOPS, NO CROC STYLE CLOGS, ETC). You will also want to dress according to the weather. Our trips operate RAIN OR SHINE. Regular swim-wear is good. We provide complimentary wetsuits for children (ages 5-12). For full details please visit our what to bring page

  • Breifing at Wilderness Tours with Trip Leader Joel Kowalski

    3. Pre-Trip Briefing

    It's time to meet your trip leader for the day. They will explain what to bring, what to wear, health and safety considerations, and the schedule for the day. This meeting usually lasts 10-12 minutes. This is a great time also to ask any last minute questions before you depart for the river. After the pre-trip briefing is complete you will have a few final minutes to make any last-minute adjustments with how you are dressed or also make any last visits to the restrooms.

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    4. Shuttle to Top of Rapids

    Our transportation service shuttles your group from the Park Village 5km up-river to Moon Lake, where your rafts and guides are waiting. This is a one-way shuttle as you will be rafting all the way back to the Park Village. None of your belongings should be left on the bus.

  • Itinerary Pre Trip Briefing at Wilderness Tours with Trip Leader Betty Oattes

    5. Safety Info Briefing

    Our trip leaders at Wilderness Tours are the best on the river. Before pushing off for a day of whitewater, rafting we'll give you a full safety briefing to ensure your day is filled with fun while keeping your group safe and comfortable.

  • Raft n Rod Family Adventure at Wilderness Tours Ottawa River National Whitewater Park

    6. Paddle Training in Moon Lake

    Moon Lake is a beautiful body of water tucked in the forest behind Coliseum rapid. Your guides will use this area to walk you through how to steer your boat.

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    7. Portage to Coliseum Vista

    A short portage separates Moon Lake from the rest of the river. When you emerge from the trail you'll find yourself at the base of Coliseum. A short walk up the river's edge gets you a very cool view of the river's most legendary rapid! Don't worry though, the river downstream from this point is perfect for families.

  • Dog Leg Rapid in a Sport Yak with Kids

    8. Dog's Leg

    One of the most exciting rapids of the day is Dog's Leg. This always is a family favorite.

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    8. Farmer Black's Rapid

    Farmer Black's is a fun rapid that has surf waves to ride.

  • Body Surfing Rapids on the Ottawa River

    9. Lazy River Swim

    The final stretch of the river before arriving back at the Park Village is a perfect lazy river swim. When your guide says it's safe to do so, hop out of the raft and enjoy the ride!

  • Itinerary return to park village

    10. Return to Park Village

    The currents slow down just in time for you to catch the right-hand turn into the bay at the Park Village. Your guides will instruct you on end-of-trip procedures such as gear return, post-trip media viewings, and evening entertainment options.

  • Fishing at Wilderness Tours Ottawa River

    11. Fishing Time

    We have some amazing fishing locations that our guides will take you to. We provide the full gear you'll need to have a great time. As always, catch and release at Wilderness Tours.