Fun whitewater right downtown Ottawa

Rafting just minutes from downtown

The bridge hang in the Ottawa River

The Famous Bridge Hang

magical channels rafting on the Ottawa River with children

Mystery Channels Hidden right under your nose!

Cliff Jumping downtown Ottawa with Ottawa City Rafting

Cliff Jumping on the Ottawa River

Kids rafting in Ottawa

Kids 5 and up can enjoy the day on the river

From the sweep of the river, the Ottawa looks as majestic as when Champlain viewed it four centuries ago. This trip has everything – fun, education and just enough excitement to be thrilled at the end of the run. It’s perfect for adventure seekers, families, schools and corporate groups. This 3-hour trip is offered mornings and afternoons.

Starting at Britannia, you practice with the guide in the flat water on the way downstream to the rapids. The trip starts off with a bang, the Deschenes Rapids. Looking back upstream you can savor the experience and size of the rapid you just challenged. It’s now time to relax a little as your guide keeps the raft in the current as you float along learning about the river. You can start to see Parliament Hill in the distance and it seems to rise magically as you paddle along.  We also include a complimentary shuttle back to Britannia Beach after your raft trip!

To book your rafting trip, please click on the date you wish to come, select how many persons are coming and pick your time.  It’s that simple!

See you on the water!


Departure Location

Britannia Beach


Equipment, Refreshments and Professional Guide

Departure Time

Arrive at least 30 min before briefing tie

Not Included

Footware or Guide gratuity

3-hours of the perfect urban rafting adventure combining fun, excitement and history. This professionally guided trip is available morning and afternoon.

We provide helmet, life jacket and paddle. Body surfing (swimming in small rapids)and cliff jumping are exciting optional parts of the trip.

Non-swimmers are welcome.

What to Expect

Exceptionally fun filled 3 hrs with just the right amount of adventure, excitement and history for both the young and the young at heart. This trip is suitable for non swimmers as there are zero unscheduled swimming on our Ottawa City Rafting Trip.

Starting at beautiful Britannia Beach, which is just 10 minute drive from downtown Ottawa our Ottawa City Adventure Starts. We depart the beach for the Deschenes Rapids only a 5 minute paddle.

We have the opportunity to “body surf” or swing a rapid, cliff jump and view the city from a spectacular vantage point. The trip ends, just up river from the War Museum after the Onigam St Bridge. We bus you back to Britannia Beach where your started your trip.

Note: Large groups can have their transportation meet them at our Take Out location, (limited parking)

We provide everything you need for the river. However, don’t forget to bring these things:

  • Extra shoes to wear on the raft, low cut runners, sandals or water shoes, they must stay firmly on the foot.
  • Bathing suit or quick dry shorts
  • Hat for sun protection and make sure you wear sun screen on a sunny day.
  • Rash Top (not mandatory but any quick dry material is OK)
  • Basically, it’s a “River T-Shirt” that is quick dry and adds warmth. Wear it rafting, canoeing, kayaking, biking etc.
  • For valuables, lock them in the trunk of your vehicle or hide from view. Your trip leader will look after your keys while you are on the river.

Dates and Rates

Note:  If you see any dates “not available” give us a CALL US AT +1 (844) 688-7238 to check availability.

Have a group of 8 or more?  We customize any date or time if we don’t have anything scheduled.  Drop us a line.

If you are seeking bigger rapids, visit Wilderness Tours just an hour upstream at 1 (888) RAFT-NOW (723.8669). Wilderness Tours is Canada’s top rafting and kayaking resort company. They offer both High Adventure and Gentle Family adventure in a wilderness resort setting.

Cancellation Policy

Full trip refunds are issued only if cancellation notice is received more than 30 days prior to trip date. No trip refunds or alternate trip dates are issued within 30 days of trip without cancellation insurance which must be purchased when reserving and is redeemable only in the event of illness, accident or bereavement and requires medical documentation.

Trip Overview