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Ottawa Summer Adventures

Get an overview of Canada’s Capital Region via a seaplane excursion, offered by Air Outaouais.  The tour begins and ends on the Ottawa River, and includes downtown Ottawa and Hull, as well as flying over Gatineau Park.  Spend the remainder of the morning touring the capital on a rented bicycle from Rent-a-Bike; with over 200 km of interconnected bicycle paths, your clients can reach many points of interest via bicycle and can discover the Ottawa region at their own pace.  

Recreational pathway maps are available, and bicycle rentals and guided tours can all be arranged through Rent-a-Bike.  Spend the afternoon horseback riding at one of two farms in the Ottawa region.  Captiva Farms, located in Wakefield, QC, offers 20 kilometres of trails through the panoramic mountains and hillsides of the Gatineau Hills.  (Longer excursions including overnight camping are options for more adventurous clientele.)  Happy Trails Riding Stables, in nearby Carlsbad Springs, ON (10 minutes east), offers Western-style trail riding through scenic, wooded trails over 200 acres of land. 

The Ottawa River is becoming well-known as one of the best rivers in Canada for rafting, and the next day of this itinerary is fully devoted to whitewater rafting!  Travel 1½ hours northwest to the Beachburg/Cobden area to take in rafting at one of three professional suppliers:  Esprit Rafting, OWL Rafting and RiverRun. Exhilarating rides down the rapids will fill the remainder of the day, followed by a luncheon or dinner cruise back to the main site.  Float trips are also available through OWL Rafting for those who would prefer a more stable, comfortable ride.  Each of these adventure operators’ locations is a destination in itself, as each offers additional recreational options and facilities on-site, ie. camping, horseback riding, volleyball, hiking, mountain biking, etc.  Return to Ottawa after an exhilarating day on the rapids! 

For more information, contact:  

1. Air Outaouais:
1 hour, (819) 568-2359
2. Esprit Rafting:   
1 day, (613) 567-9000
3. Captiva Farms:
½ day, (819) 459-2769
4. Happy Trails Riding Stables:
2 hrs, (613) 822-1482
5. OWL Rafting:
1 day, (613) 238-7238
6. Rent-A-Bike:
½ day, (613) 241-4140
7. RiverRun:
1 day, (613) 646-2252
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