Upper Ottawa Valley

Upper Ottawa ValleyThe Ottawa Valley is famed for its stunning outdoors and its hospitality. Surrounded by woodlands, over 900 pristine lakes, four major river systems and neighbouring the majestic Algonquin Park, the Ottawa Valley stretches for 220 km east-west along the TransCanada Highway.

Known as the Whitewater Capital of Canada, the Ottawa Valley has over 10 clean, warm and safe whitewater rivers. There are rivers for all seasons and skill levels; the Ottawa, Madawaska, Bonnechere, Petawawa, Opeongo, Barron, Mattawa, Coulonge and more. Host to a variety of international, national and provincial kayaking and canoeing championships, whitewater festivals, and paddling events each year, the Ottawa Valley is truly a paddler’s paradise.

If racing down a Class V rapid is not your style, then sit back and relax as you glide across one of the many lakes. Seasoned outfitters offer a variety of guided packages from high-adventure rafting to gentle family float-trips, sea kayaking and sport-yaking, canoe clinics, slalom racing and whitewater rodeos.

An amazing array of four season outdoor activities awaits you, from bird watching to dog sledding. The Valley appeals to outdoor enthusiasts with expansive multi-use trails, hunting, fishing, geocaching, golfing, breathtaking canyons and spectacular fall colours, ATVing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing and snowboarding. The list goes on.

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Ottawa Valley Bike Guide