First time rafting? What you should know…

First time rafting?
This is what you should know

If you are going rafting in the area for the first time, here are some tips and ideas to help you prepare for a trip to remember!

One of the first things you should know before coming at Rafting Momentum is that you have many different options available to you for your rafting trip. Because we are located in the Whitewater Capital of Canada, you will find some of the best rapids in Canada right to our door. Depending on the kind of experience that you are looking for, two options are available: the main channel waterway, and the middle channel waterway, both offering an awesome rafting experience less than one hour away from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau.

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This is what you should expect on a rafting trip on the Ottawa river

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The main channel contains class 3, 4, and 5 rapids. Thrill seekers, this is the river channel that you are looking for! However, to raft on this waterway, you must be at least 12 years old and 90 pounds. This whitewater channel offers world-class rapids featuring waves that are over 4 meters high. Choose this channel for a rafting adventure you will never forget!

If you are timid about the main rapids, or if you have young children with you, the middle channel contains class 2 and 3 rapids that are ideal for you. Unlike the main channel, there will not be boat flipping on this waterway and you will be able to bring with you younger children as well as seniors. This channel offers spectacular sceneries and gentler rapids that you will enjoy with your group. Ideal for a first rafting trip!


If you have trouble deciding between the two channels, contact us at 1-800-690-RAFT and we will be glad to assist you in deciding what is right for you!

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Go rafting with an accredited rafting company

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Regardless of your choice, we will give you an amazing and memorable day! The best way to experience a great trip is to go with an experienced whitewater rafting company. In addition, you should make sure that the company you choose is accredited by a professional association such as Adventure Ecotourism Quebec! This association offer good resources when you are looking for rafting (and other outdoor adventures) in Quebec. Choosing the right company can be difficult, and Adventure Ecotourism Quebec is there to help you make your choice. Keep in mind that when you are trying to decide on a specific rafting company, you should mind the rafts that they are using. With Rafting Momentum, you will experience rafting in a small raft. Why is this important? The smaller the raft, the more exciting the ride, the more time your guide has for you, and the more maneuverability you have!

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Choose the right rafting package for your group!

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Then, you should decide on how many days you want to spend on the wonderful Ottawa river! We offer one and two days trips on the river and should you decide to visit us for two days, you will be able to experience both waterways on the same trip! If you are looking for something different, we are also offering white water kayaking courses, where you will have the opportunity to learn the basics of river kayaking with our experienced guides.

Our rafting packages also include two meals, the rafting equipment to keep you entertained and safe, as well as overnight camping. All of our packages also include the safety equipment you will need as your safety is our priority. We also recommend that you bring your camping equipment, which should include towels, your personal grooming kit, an insect repellant, a hat, a flashlight, a camping mattress, a pillow, a sleeping bag and of course, your tent :)! If you are camping with us near the beginning or at the end of the season, don’t forget to bring a sweat shirt as well as a fleece; the nights are sometimes chillier than you may expect! Are you camping with your kids? If this is the case, check out our ultimate guide for camping with kids , which will give you all the information you may need for a successful camping and rafting trip! If you are looking for a higher level of comfort, you also have the opportunity to book one of our rustic cottages, which are even available during winter! Ideal for you and your significant other, your friends, or your family!

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Book your trip with us for a memorable experience!

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Finally, after choosing the waterway you wish to experience, the length of your trip, your rafting company, and your type of accommodation, it is time to book your trip :)! Whichever option you are looking for, it is always best to book in advance, especially if you already have a specific day in mind!

Should you wish to come in on the weekend, try to call us in advance in order to make sure there will be room available for your group on that day.

We offer shuttles from Ottawa and Gatineau to the basecamp; don’t forget to tell us when you book if this is something that interests you :)!


In any case, you can contact us anytime if you have questions about your future rafting reservation; we are there to make your trip one that you will remember!

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What you will experience during your trip with Rafting Momentum

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At your arrival, you will be asked to check-in and to sign our waivers. Don’t forget to bring sunblock! Then, it is time to get to the water! This requires a small trip to the put-in. You will also meet your professional rafting guide, with whom you will be spending your rafting trip!

Once on the water, we will help you get used to paddling and rafting commands before you encounter your first rapids. We wouldn’t want you to encounter the rapids without the proper safety and technical instruction! Following this, it will not take a lot of time before you hear the first rapids, anticipating the moment where you will see them or even better, hit the first waves! Once we hit the first big waves, we guarantee you that will get soaked and will be eager for the next rapids!

During your one-day (or two-days!) rafting trip on the amazing Ottawa River, we will take some time to stop at some point for a lunch on the riverside. This will be a good time to relax before the afternoon! During your day with us, you will also have the opportunity to do cliff jumping (should the water is high enough) and to swim through the rapids! After such a great experience, we guarantee you that you will want to come see us again!

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After your whitewater rafting trip

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At the end of your day, we will get back to our main office where you will be able to relax with us at our barn with a cold beer and a BBQ dinner. You should also take some time to install your tent and the rest of your camping equipment before sunset as it is much more difficult to install a tent in the dark! And as a way to help you relax, the first beer after your rafting trip is on us!!


Are you still nervous about whitewater rafting on some of the best rapids in Canada? Remember that we are there to guide you. Do not hesitate to ask us your questions, if you have any! For more information, contact us at 1-800-690-RAFT.

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