Family Rafting Day Trip

This trip is specifically for families with children between the ages of 5-12. 

There are very few things parents and children can do together and both enjoy – rafting is one of them! How many times do you hear parents say “we do it for the children” or how many times do children think when their parents drag them though a museum “why can’t we go to the amusement park”? Well, you’ll get none of that on this trip. Even the history is presented to the kids in a fun way.

This exciting day features class 2 and 3 rapids (compared to class 4 and 5 on the High Adventure trip), body surfing, swimming from your own floating island and with a stop beside Garvin’s Chute, a beautiful 20 ft waterfall, classVl/rapid. Parents will be so proud of their children and children will think mom and dad are really cool.

Once you’ve reached the resort, the adventure continues on our beachfront. From swimming, to flat water kayaks and SUP boards there’s an adventure for everyone.

Looking to stay overnight? Consider our Family Mini Vacation Package or our Gentle Resort Package will be the perfect fit and save you $.

Best Family Adventure
5/5
  • Monday - Friday
    $119
  • Sunday
    $129
  • Saturday/Holiday
    $149
  • Monday - Friday
    $89
  • Sunday
    $99
  • Saturday/Holiday
    $104

*Price is subject to 13% HST & $10/day/person Park Pass

Day Trip Includes

  • Trip Duration: 4-5 Hours

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

  • Ottawa River's Best Adventure

    Once you’ve reached the resort, the adventure continues on our beachfront. From swimming, to flat water kayaks and SUP boards there’s an adventure for everyone.

  • 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 either after or before your raft trip depending on your trip time.

  • Gear Included

    Life Jacket, Helmet, Paddle.

  • 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.

  • Kids' Wetsuits

    Wetsuits for kids ages 5-12 are complimentary.

Optional Upgrades

  • Trip Photo-Video 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.

  • Stayover Package

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

  • Wetsuit Rental

    Wetsuits are provided no charge for children 5-12 years of age. Rentals are available for teens and adults.

  • Storage Lockers

    We recommend locking all personal items in the trunk of your car prior to departure. Car keys are kept in a lock box at the starting point. Coin operated lockers are available if required.

Trip Itinerary

  • Check n at Wilderness Tours

    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 CROCS, ETC). You will also want to dress according to the weather. Our trips operate RAIN OR SHINE. Regular swim-wear is good. If you get cold easily we recommend you wear a wet suit. Bring your own or rent one of ours. Please note: cotton t-shirts and sweaters will actually make you COLDER. We recommend wearing synthetic materials for sun protection; wool or neoprene for thermal insulation; rain jacket outer shell for wind protection. We provide complimentary wetsuits for children (ages 5-12).

  • 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 15km up-river to the"put-in", 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.

  • Paddle Training Gentle Rafting Trip Wilderness Tours

    6. Paddle Training [ +00:45 ]

    From our put-in location to the first rapid, the few hundred meters of flat water gives our guests some flat water to help familiarize themselves with the raft, paddling techniques and safety procedures.

  • McCoys Chute Gentle Rafting Trip on the Ottawa River

    7. McCoys's Chute [ +01:00 ]

    The first rapid of the day is the famed McCoy's Chute. No matter what the water level it always provides the perfect run for our gentle rafting trip.

  • Snack Stop on the Middle Channel of the Ottawa River

    8. Snack Stop

    Garvin's Chute is the ideal back drop for our snack stop on the River.

  • Rock and Roll Rapid on the Middle Channel of the Ottawa River

    9. More Rafting!

    The second half of the trip holds some of the best rapids on the river. We've just got you warmed up!

  • Body Surfing Rapids on the Ottawa River

    10. 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

    11. Arrival Back at 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.