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Trips and Routes

Champlain Rapids
Ottawa River - The Champlain rapids are ideal for brushing up on your playboating skills on a warm summer afternoon. Conveniently located near to downtown Ottawa. Close to many paddling retailers in Westboro, a good option for demoing out boats.
Ruins Wave
Ottawa River - Huge surf wave that is only in when the BRITANNIA gauge is above 59.5. You have to ferry out past an old mill the river is washing into. If you do not make this ferry you will end up in one of the rooms of doom created by the mill. This wave is very hard to catch and the eddie behind the island on river right offers a small window to catch after surfing.
Sewer Wave
Ottawa River - Great friendly surf wave right next to the shoreline with easy eddy access. Lots of surfers here and usually a tow rope is in the water along the eddy line at so be aware and communicate with your fellow wave lovers! Surfers will happily hold the rope out of the way for you if you are in a kayak, sup or canoe and don't want to paddle over it.
Petrie Island
Ottawa River - Petrie Island is a great recreational paddle within 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa, along the Ottawa River with tons of wildlife including birds, turtles, fish, small mammals, and others!
Deep River to Frasers Landing
Ottawa River - 1-Day Out & Back Paddle to the beautiful Fraser landing beach
Rapides des Joachim to Point Alexander
Ottawa River - Float trip from Rapides des Joachim to Point Alexander & back, or one way.
Pembroke to Allumette Island
Ottawa River - Flatwater paddle on the Ottawa River at pembroke. Multiple put in options here depending on which side of the river you are. See map for options.
Petawawa to Fort William
Ottawa River - Out and back trip from Petawawa to Fort William on the Ottawa River
Arnprior to Norway Bay
Ottawa River - Day trip from Arnprior to Norway Bay. Do as a round trip, or one way
Bellowes Bay
Ottawa River - This former channel of the Ottawa River consists of an active sandspit, a deep bay and wetlands. A sandy point and beach ridges are also found here. There are no visitor facilities; however, hiking, swimming and nature study may still be enjoyed.
Oiseau Rock
Ottawa River - Oiseau Rock (Bird Rock) is a sheer cliff of granite, about 150 m high, situated on the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River at the bottom of the Deep River Plan at least a one-day trip from the various put-ins and a two-day or longer trip, with camping on one of the many beaches along the river. How to get there No roads lead to Oiseau Rock so all access is by water. Road maps will show you where the various towns are situated and the launching points are all to be found in the downtown sections of town. Obtain a topo map or river charts to plan your trip.
Arnprior Trip
Ottawa River - This is a flatwater out & back trip along the Ontario shoreline of the Ottawa River. Arnprior is just west of Ottawa on Hwy 17 so this is an ideal half or one-day paddle for Ottawa area residents and visitors. You will pass some residences in the town of Arnprior, then a few cottages in a wilderness setting. Some potential destinations downstream include small sand beaches, wetland areas and the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Swisha rapids
Ottawa River - In low water, flatwater from lake McConnell to the convinience store. Beautiful mangrove like channels below the bridge and bouldery shores pretty much until Colten bay. Multiple put in and takeouts possible with it being roadside/trailside. Medium water when they release is swift water to class 1 waves. Perfect for beginners. At Highwater, it is class I-II. I have seen waves up to 8ft in size and solid class III+ rapids at extreme flood levels. At medium-highwater, there can be wood in some of the side channels and even main ones causing some problems if not avoided. If you’re a beginner, be with at least an intermediate.
St-Placide, North River
Ottawa River - Sea kayaking on Lac des Deux-Montagnes between St-Placide and the mouth of the Rivière du Nord. Launching at the quay in rue de l'Église. Tour Île Carillon and the Robillard peninsula. Going up the Rivière du Nord, a small passage under the bridge of the Terrasse Robillard allows you to reach the bay of Carillon, on the way back.
Arnprior Coast
Ottawa River - Head out on this 10.0-km out-and-back trail near Arnprior, Ontario. Generally considered a moderately challenging route. This trail is great for birding, fishing, and paddle sports, and it's unlikely you'll encounter many other people while exploring.
Morris Island Paddle
Ottawa River - Head out on this 11.1-km loop near Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario. Generally considered an easy route. This is a popular for birding, camping, and paddle sports, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day.
Morris Island Bay Paddle
Ottawa River - This is a beautiful paddle route around the bay interior of Morris Island Conservation Area with fantastic views of the park. It is a great spot to take your canoe, kayak, or paddle board. There is a canoe launch point at the western shore of the bay, which can be reached by taking the Causeway Trail.
Hull Marina
Ottawa River - Short portage to launch point to watch the fireworks.