RiverRun Rafting & Wilderness Resort, a once humble 12-raft outfit, has grown into a 165-acre resort that accommodates all levels of outdoorsmen with a variety of lodgings. But whitewater rafting remains the focus of the resort, with guides leading trips ranging from high-adventure surges through foaming rapids to gentle floats down the Ottawa River's middle channel. And because the resort is located on a 4,000-foot stretch of shoreline, each trip ends on the resort's beaches, meaning that rafters get more time on the water since there isn't a second round of transport back to the resort.
River Run Rafting's staff of experts even pioneered a six-person sport raft dubbed the Ultimate Adventure Sports Raft, which is capable of turning back up river eddies, reentering rapids from the side, and suspending atop whitewater the way a surfer rides a wave. Upgrades are available for an additional cost.
Ottawa Segway Tours outfits sightseers with versatile Segway personal transporters, or PTs, for earth-friendly jaunts powered by drivers merely shifting their weight. Operators can easily manoeuvre their vehicles wherever their body tells it to—including indoors—avoiding such urban headaches as expensive parking lots, rush-hour traffic, and on-ramps riddled with dangerous slip ‘n slides. While enjoying the sights and sounds of their chosen path, users can take comfort in their low carbon footprint, both because they’re standing off the ground and because electric Segways give off zero emissions during operation.
During the weekend getaway at the 600-acre Wilderness Tours resort, campfire experts assist visitors in rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, and other active outdoor pursuits. Instructors dedicate Saturday to high-adventure rafting, with rafts taking to roiling rapids like rubber duckies patrolling an immense bathtub. On the second day, guests choose from a passel of outdoor sports and activities, opting to slice through water in kayaks, clamber onto mountain bikes for adrenaline-fueled joyrides, or scale climbing walls like squirrels born without fear instincts. Alternatively, visitors can take advantage of the camp's relaxation-inducing facilities by lounging on a mile-long beach, launching themselves into the river via slide or rope swing, or easing their hard-working muscles in bubbling hot tubs. Throughout the weekend, cooks prepare five hearty buffet-style and barbecue-pit meals (each accompanied by a vegetarian option) to sustain guests and to disprove the theory that all camp food is made out of cleverly disguised hot dogs.
Wineries are often found far down country roads, shrouded by the curling tendrils of their vineyards. At The Wine Garden, though, the entire winemaking experience can be had without setting foot outside of the city.
Yeast bubbles busily in stainless-steel fermentation vessels, transforming the juices of grapes from fertile regions of Chile, Argentina, and California. The fermentation process yields wines that range from crisp chardonnay to heady cabernet franc, the progenitor of cabernet sauvignon, and oak barrels bestow some of the elixirs with a rich maze of tannins. Fruit wines made with peaches, cranberries, or strawberries make refreshing summertime drinks and help work friends mingle with hummingbird friends at parties. Patrons play a major role in the entire process, selecting grapes and siphoning finished wine into bottles. The Wine Garden's gourmets also brew craft beers and stock hot sauces with humourous names such as Blair's Chipotle Death Rain.
Sundance Balloons' vibrant hot-air balloons float adventurous passengers over scenic landscapes. Each one-hour journey commences as sojourners greet their flight crew at a pre-determined location, receive a briefing on what to expect during the excursion, and observe their balloon as it swells to more than 10 stories in height.
The woven gondolas glide 1,000 feet above the ground but can sometimes gently skim treetops or cornfields when wandering over the countryside. Since balloons drift with prevailing winds, there is no wind chill and travellers feel only a slight sensation of movement. As is tradition for ballooning, explorers of the appropriate age end their flight with a champagne toast to tranquility, beauty, and neighbourhoods that appear as giant smiley faces only visible from the air.
UrbanQuest showcases some of North America's largest cities in an unconventional, informative light by crafting memorable adventures that culminate with a delicious meal. The treks investigate such themes as the host city's history, fairy tales, and natural wonders, granting participants a new understanding of the city as they solve clues that guide them to a mystery restaurant. After each inner city romp, ramblers can indulge in a fresh dining experience to celebrate recently conquered scavenger hunts or frustrate supercomputers whose circuit boards only allow for the taste of oatmeal. Quests are available in difficulty levels of easy, medium or hard, and typically range from one to four kilometres in length. UrbanQuests do not have set dates or times, and can be started and completed at the participants' convenience.