Esprit Rafting


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Whitewater touring outfit recognized by National Geographic takes rafters down both branches of the Ottawa River in an all-day excursion

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A thrilling journey down whitewater rapids will make you feel just like cinematic adventurer Indiana Jones in one of his hit movies, such as The Curse of Indiana Jones or Indiana Jones 2: Still Jonesin'. Get exploring with this Groupon.

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  • $119 for a weekday Ottawa River rafting trip with lunch and photos for one (a $200 value)
  • $209 for a weekday Ottawa River rafting trip with lunch and photos for two (a $350 value)

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, 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.

Esprit Rafting

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.

Customer Reviews

Absolutely the best company to raft the Ottawa River. Great guides, good food, awesome small boats, nice site. Have gone 4 times and I will continue to go and recommend Esprit to others.
Alura · October 11, 2012
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Thank you for the kind words, We started with a mission to create the Greatest Whitewater Adventure company on earth and we work hard to make your Whitewater Rafting adventure the best it could ever be!
Merchant replied · July 24, 2013

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