June Whitewater Rafting Ottawa River

June Rafting

Best whitewater is NOW

June Rafting just started! Throughout the adventure world, there are calls to action which make the blood run faster and smiled turn giddy. Examples are ‘surf’s up’ or it’s a ‘powder day’. On the Ottawa River it’s ‘High Water’ which means a giant surf wave for kayakers and for rafters, it means the best two days of rafting found east of the Rocky Mountains.

While the Ottawa is always good, there are some levels that take it from good to great and we have it now. There’s no better time to get your friends and family together and to come check out some of the most unique rapids on the Ottawa River that aren’t normally out in the summer time!

It's the Most Glorious Time of Year

Day 1 is the Main Channel with two of the rapids rivalling the Grand Canyon. Bus Eater is world famous rafting as you paddle hard into the “soft spot” between the river wide white-faced monster with Bus Eater on your left and Big Bus on your right. With all big water runs, an unscheduled swim is possible and with the zodiac rescue boat on patrol below, river time is brief. Further downriver is “Coli-West” with its rolling towering waves. For enthusiasts, the rafting just doesn’t get better.

Day 2, after a well-deserved dinner, campfire entertainment and good nights sleep, is the Middle Channel which is peaking as well. Favourites like Little Trickle and Lower No Name cap the best two days of rafting anywhere. It’s just that great at these water levels.

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June Whitewater Rafting Ottawa River
Kayaking on the Ottawa River

Paddler’s Takeout Access

Company News


Foresters Falls, Ontario – November 25, 2021


Following the last 6 years of pay-per-use takeout access, Wilderness Tours is removing access fees for private paddlers to provide a more equitable opportunity for all to experience the Ottawa River.


The pay-per-use fee structure for paddler’s takeout access was to offset the costs associated with providing this service to the public; including road maintenance, snow removal, emergency response, waste collection, theft, vandalism clean-up, insurance, and liability.


Wilderness Tours recognizes the strain the paid model has had on the community and the barriers it placed for some paddlers. We’ve reflected on this and with our core value of “sharing the magic of whitewater” we are committed to access to the Ottawa River and to supporting the long-term growth and development of the whitewater community.


Starting in 2022, a simple check-in at our entrance reception office is all that will be required for takeout access. Complete 2022 park policies and access information will be published soon.


This is a long-term commitment to access that we feel is in line with our renewed commitment to community, economic equity, and to benefit our local tourism community who also depend on access to the world-class whitewater as part of their own destination marketing.


See you on the water,

Joel Joe and Katie Kowalski

Joe, Joel, and Katie Kowalski

Owners, Wilderness Tours Raft & Kayak Resort / Ottawa Kayak School

1260 Grants Settlement Rd, Foresters Falls ON, Canada