Ottawa, the Rideau Heritage Route and the 1000 Islands offer unparalleled opportunities for outdoor adventure and excitement. Ottawa Tourism invites tour operators to pick and choose microadventures for their groups when visiting the capital of Ontario.
“It’s easy to stay active in Ottawa and the surrounding region—in all four seasons,” said Kelly Dean, travel trade sales manager with Ottawa Tourism. “Whether your idea of fun is white-knuckled adrenaline rushes, or something a bit slower-paced but still immersed in the great outdoors, you can find it here, for both groups and individuals. Combine experienced operators with beautiful scenery and make it all easily accessible — then you’ll have what Ottawa offers.”
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 Rocher Fendu rapids, which range from Class I – II rapids to Class III – V.
Overnight in Ottawa.
Are you up for it?
Head north to Aerial Experiences at Camp Fortune, where suspended walkways, rope bridges and net gangways get hearts pumping over three adventures that finish with a zip line ride.
For those who dare, jump the highest bungee jump (200 feet) in North America at the Great Canadian Bungee.
Back in the city, cycle by national sights and landmarks, along the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along the Ottawa River and into nearby Gatineau Park.
Paddle by Parliament
Learn to whitewater kayak with Madawaska Kanu Centre on the Ottawa River in the shadow of Parliament Hill.
Spend early afternoon visiting top attractions in Canada’s Capital, including Parliament Hill.
Visit Watson’s Mill, an 1860s grist and flour mill in Manotick. At the historic town of Perth, enjoy dinner and a show at the Classic Theatre Festival. Overnight in Perth.
Hike and canoe
The Rideau Trail in Murphy’s Point Provincial Park has five hiking trails ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 miles. Sights include interpretive displays, beaver ponds, Silver Queen Mica Mine, a mixed forest and views of Big Rideau Lake.
Continue to Newboro for a paddling adventure on a Rideau Paddling Route 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 at Jones Falls.
Travel to Gananoque, in the 1000 Islands, for a two-night stay.
Enjoy a cruise on the Gananoque Boat Line or with 1000 Island Cruises Rockport Boatline.
Both pass Boldt Castle and offer views of the old haunts of vagabonds and villains. For a landlubber experience, take a coach tour along the 1000 Island Parkway, where sights include the Frontenac Arch, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
A stop at the 1000 Islands Skydeck provides a bird’s-eye view of the Thousands Island Bridge at Ivy Lea.
Paddle the river
Explore the 1000 Islands with 1000 Islands Kayaking.