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Struck by wanderlust after reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novels, Joe Kowalski decided to kindle his own passion for adventure by exploring the uncharted rapids of the Ottawa River with a group of fellow college students. There they discovered a multi-channel paradise—the six-mile-wide river churned through dozens of islands, jutting rocks, secluded beaches, and gorgeous waterfalls, as well as calmer paddling runs. Their stories and videos attracted guests, spurring the loosely organized group to band together in 1975 to become Wilderness Tours. To date, they have guided more than one million people safely down the river.

Today, the guides spend most of their time on white water rafting day trips, pausing in their runs to lead body-surfing and cliff-jumping adventures at some of the river's calmer spots. A riverside lunch is also provided to refuel paddlers for the second half of their run.The main resort also makes use of the stunning topography and forests that surround the river during rock-climbing, bungee jumping, and mountain biking excursions. The Wilderness Tours Adventure Resort offers luxury accommodations alongside a restaurant and bar.

Box 89 Beachburg
Ontario,
ON
CA

Operating on the trails will host the 2015 Dryland Dog-Racing World Championships, Timberland Tours employs experienced guides and 40 canines to propel adventure-seekers on year-round excursions of Pontiac County. Guides operate from headquarters in a rustic wooden cabin, which hosts customers inside or outside on the open porch. An adjacent barbecue and bonfire pits often blaze with friendly flames, and trophy and photo displays inside the cabin chronicle sledding victories and awards for particularly memorable ghost stories. In winter months, two-person sleds carry riders down wooded trails, and in warm weather, lightweight wagons send visitors soaring along on dog-carting trips. Timberland Tours fuels its sleds using highly trained teams of Alaskan pointer, husky, and greyhound mixes.

36 Chemin Ragged Chute
Bristol,
QC
CA

The course at Arnprior Golf Club strikes a tricky balance with its target-style layout. By rewarding precise shot making, the links present a challenge for experienced players, yet the simple layout makes the course accessible to first-timers and PGA pros with amnesia. The 11th hole, called the Quarry Hole, is a deceptively challenging test: though the pin is only 91 yards away, it's surrounded by a water hazard and a sloped green ready to send errant shots into the drink.

Course at a Glance

  • 18-hole, par-70 course
  • Total length of 6,135 yards from the back tees
  • Course rating of 68.4 from the back tees
  • Course slope of 120 from the back tees
  • Four sets of tees per hole
38 Golf Club Road
Braeside,
ON
CA

Club De Golf Tecumseh incorporates the Gatineau countryside’s diverse topography into the design of its 18-hole, 6,466-yard golf course that sits on the north side of the Ottawa River. A quick jaunt from downtown Ottawa, the course caters to players of all abilities who are looking for a respite from the workday doldrums or an excuse to use their dueling golf glove against fellow competitors. The par-72 layout boasts tree-lined fairways, a multitude of sand traps, and several water hazards that will put golfers’ swings to the test.

475 Rue Saint-Louis
Gatineau,
QC
CA

Tubes & Jujubes Family Fun Centre enthralls children age 12 and younger with more than 15,000 square feet of engaging play areas, activities, and delectable treats that help enhance motor skills and cognitive development. Wearing socks is mandatory in the expansive play facility, where tykes can traverse plastic play structures, scale climbing walls, frolic in ball arenas, navigate through labyrinths, and stroll through toddler parks hosting preschool adaptations of Macbeth. Qualified instructors lead complimentary one-hour parent-and-child workshops, such as arts-and-crafts sessions, that grant guardians and tots time to creatively collaborate and interact. An indoor soccer field encourages friendly competition, and an arcade coaxes whippersnappers into engaging virtual worlds, such as Grocery Store Self-Checkout Line: The Game. Though not included in today’s Groupon, famished youngsters and their parents can enjoy health-conscious wraps or paninis in the Tubes & Jujubes bistro or browse through the candy store's extensive selection of gum, licorice, jelly beans, and lollipops.

170 Rue Deveault
Gatineau,
QC
CA

After a three-year renovation by renowned course architects Graham Cooke and Stan Brigham, Gatineau Club de Golf unveiled a sleek new course layout in 2010. The site boasts championship-calibre credentials, including a total distance of more than 7,000 yards from the back tees and large bent-grass greens that punish poorly struck approaches with treacherous putts. Generous fairways reward precise bifurcation with excellent lies, but players guilty of errant drives will be pleasantly surprised to find plenty of room to make a bold go at the green. Water makes its omnipresence known as early as the 395-yard second hole, where players must tee off over a pond, negotiate with a creek that crosses the fairway 100 yards in front of the green, and avoid the water that buttresses the green to the left and rear. The 18th hole makes a 90-degree dogleg right around a massive reservoir and a pond stretching alongside the entire right length of the fairway, demanding the same precision as the moat around a driveway.

160 Rue du Golf
Gatineau,
QC
CA