In order to earn the true respect of river rapids, humans must quit insulting their wave heights and cease stealing their lunch money. Meet a watery opponent on even ground with today's Groupon from Esprit Whitewater Worldwide in Davidson. Choose between two options:
- For $85, you get a day trip and two nights of camping (a $170 value).
- For $75, you get a day trip (a $150 value).
Ranked first place overall "Best Outfitters on Earth" in 2008 by National Geographic Adventure Online, Esprit's environmentally friendly mission enables patrons to surge through high-volume rapids with internationally certified guides. The trip package leads watercraft crusaders on a day tour down both channels of the Ottawa River, strapped into 14-foot self-bailing rafts with provided helmets, life jackets, wet suits ($15 for wet suit rental after June 15), otter-shaped flotation devices, and other safety equipment. A morning traverse plunges rafts down the five-metre Garvin's Chute waterfall, through the wedding-nightmare overtones of Iron Ring, and across the undulating waves of Lower Ostrom before briefly pausing for an included riverside lunch.
Shuttle vehicles pack up equipment and rafters for a trip back to the put, before commencing the afternoon descent down the Main Channel's churning waves (up to 14 ft.). Boat-bound bruisers run the watery gauntlet through Butcher's Knife and Coliseum, which funnel the majority of the river's volume. After surviving the slings of nature's occasional ill temper, guests unwind with complimentary après-raft beer, soft drinks, and a photo-video presentation. Guests warm up and cool down from wrestling rapids at Esprit's base camp, spending before and after nights in the calm company of Canadian pines.
Although Esprit Whitewater Worldwide offers discounted Sunday trips, this Groupon still represents the greatest value available. Plan outings accordingly to maximize this deal's value.
Ranked by National Geographic as one of the world's top adventure outfitters, Esprit Rafting proves that the great outdoors is just a giant playground. In the summer months, the experienced guides lead rafts, canoes, and riverboards down the Ottawa, Petawawa, Kipawa, Magnetawan, and Gatineau Rivers, running the gamut from speedy whitewater gauntlets to relaxing sightseeing expeditions, where participants might spot local wildlife or trees posing for photo ops.
A fleet of shuttle vehicles carries equipment and rafters on trips, which might lead to churning 14-foot waves on the Main Channel or through the narrow funnel of Butcher's Knife and Coliseum. Esprit's team also maintains a base camp, where guests sometimes spend nights in the calm company of Canadian pines. When cold weather creeps into the air, Esprit packs up and migrates to sunnier climes, leading multi-day adventures along the rivers of Mexico and Costa Rica.
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