Someone famously said, if you love your work, you will never work a day in your life. That’s me! I rafted my first wild river in 1970 and never wanted to do anything else. Except for four years in the military, my life has been in the outdoor industry wanting to “share the magic” I found personally on Canada’s wild rivers.  

The silver lining in the Covid cloud is the rediscovering of nature. We are having a busy summer and next year looks even busier as Canada reopens. As a river company, most of our staff are raft guides. Our staff wear two hats (or should I say helmets) meaning most staff are raft guides and also work an off-river position.  

Off river could be maintenance, kitchen, bar, restaurant, retail, office, beach, security and more. But every job starts with the river and 2022 starts now.

See you on the water!

Joe Kowalski
Founder Wilderness Tours

Here's the deal

  • Who

    Water loving, safety conscious, athletic individuals who are strong swimmers and love being outside in nature

  • What

    6 Day Raft Guide Course Aug 29 – Sep 3

  • Where

    Wilderness Tours at the National Whitewater Park on the Ottawa River headquartered at 1260 Grants Settlement Road, Foresters Falls, ON K0J 1V0

  • When

    Starting at noon on Sunday, August 29th and ending late afternoon, Friday September 3rd (successful participants will be invited to stay the weekend for more training)

  • Why

    Need we ask?


$895/per plus tax (This will be refunded next summer if you are a raft guide with us) 


  • all meals Sunday lunch – Friday lunch
  •  Campsite Sunday – Thursday night or shared dorm room rental 
  • Wet suit, paddle, life jacket, helmet