2024 Keystone Awards Recipient | Wilderness Tours

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Pictured here are founder Joe Kowalski and his son Joel accepting the award on behalf of the thousands of dedicated staff over the past 50 years.

Wilderness Tours is the proud recipient of the 2024 Keystone Awards for job creation in Canada. The Canada-wide initiative recognizes top employers of independently owned businesses from across Canada.

In architecture, the keystone is the central wedge-shaped stone of an arch which locks its parts together. The keystone is the most important stone and is the reason why the term is used figuratively to refer to somethings importance. 

At Wilderness Tours, our staff are the keystone of our business. While we are proud of our riverside resort and the world-class whitewater rafting and kayaking we offer our guests, it’s our staff that change lives during our programs.

Wilderness Tours grew out of our desire to share the magic found in whitewater. From just handful of enthusiasts in the beginning 50 years ago to more than 2 million total guests as of today, Wilderness Tours has emerged as Canada’s leading whitewater rafting and kayaking company.

Our growth was fuelled by our dedicated staff working both the river and resort who are committed to “sharing the magic” found in the Ottawa River’s world-class whitewater.

As we gear up for an incredible 2024 season we’d like to invite you to join our team! Join our team by clicking here: or send us an e-mail at [email protected]

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