Once you get here, we’ll keep you going! Ottawa, the Rideau Heritage Route and the 1000 Islands offer unparalleled opportunities for outdoor adventure and excitement. Get out and go!
Day 1 – White Knuckling!
The Ottawa River west of Canada’s Capital is home to some of the best whitewater rafting in North America. Fully guided rafting trips with Wilderness Tours, OWL Rafting on the Ottawa River, and RiverRun Rafting take on both channels of the world famous Rocher Fendu rapids of the Ottawa River, which range from the gentle Class I – II rapids to the adrenaline rush of Class III – V rapids Stay overnight at the on-site resorts or return to Ottawa.
Day 2 – Are You Up For It?
Head just north of Ottawa to Aerial Experiences at Camp Fortune, where suspended walkways, rope bridges and net gangways will get your heart pumping over three exhilarating adventures that finish with a thrilling zip-line ride! Next it’s off to face your fears at the highest bungee jump (200 feet) in North America at the Great Canadian Bungee. Then head west this time, to the Quebec side of the Ottawa River, to Chutes Coulonge on the VIA Ferrata. Via Ferrata, Latin for “iron roads,” is quite literally an iron trail along a prehistoric rock face. But first, you have to get there by zip line and a cable footbridge.
Pedaling & Pampering – Ottawa is the cyclist’s city, with over 170 kilometres of paved recreation pathways. You can cycle past all the famous national sights and landmarks, along the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along the Ottawa River and all the way into nearby Gatineau Park. Bring your own bike or rent one here from RentABike, located right downtown. After all that excitement, take a break at Nordik Spa-Nature, North America’s largest Scandinavian style spa.
Day 3 – Paddling Past Parliament
Learn to whitewater kayak in the shadow of Parliament Hill on the Ottawa River with Madawaska Kanu Centre (MKC) in the City. Your lessons start at the historic “Pump House” right in downtown Ottawa.
See the Sights – Spend early afternoon visiting top attractions in Canada’s Capital, including Parliament Hill, the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization), the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian War Museum, and many others. A hop-on-hop-off tour will take you where you need to go.
Go Rideau – Head out along the Rideau Heritage Route, starting with a quick visit to Watson’s Mill, a unique 1860’s grist and flour mill located in Manotick, on the shores of the Rideau River in the city’s south end. Next stop, the historic town of Perth, where you can enjoy dinner and take in a performance at the Classic Theatre Festival. After the Theatre, turn in at one of Perth’s charming accommodations.
Day 4 – Yes You Canoe!
Lace up your boots and go hiking along the Rideau Trail in Murphy’s Point Provincial Park. The park has 5 hiking trails ranging in length from 1 to 5.5 kilometres. Sights include interpretive displays, beaver ponds, Silver Queen Mica Mine, viewscapes of Big Rideau Lake, beaches and mixed forest. Next head to Newboro for a paddling adventure touring along a portion of the Rideau Paddling Routes through Clear and Indian Lakes and onto Chaffey’s Lock, a fantastic lunch spot. After lunch wind south through Davis Lock and then Sand Lake to end your adventure at Jones Falls.
Then travel to Gananoque, the heart of the 1000 Islands for a 2-night stay.
Day 5 – 1000 Islands
Enjoy a cruise on the Gananoque Boat Line or with 1000 Island Cruises Rockport Boatline. You’ll cruise past Boldt Castle, the lavish homes of the rich and famous on Millionaire’s Row and see the old haunts of vagabonds and villains. For a landlubber experience, take a driving tour along the 1000 Island Parkway, where you will pass through the Frontenac Arch, a UNESCO Bioshpere Reserve. Stop at the 1000 Islands Skydeck where you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of both the Canadian and American spans of the world famous Ivy Lea bridge.
Day 6 – Paddle the River
Spend your last day of adventure kayaking through the 1000 Islands with 1000 Islands Kayaking. Paddle with the wildlife and reconnect with our living landscape, your group and yourself.