Day 1

  • Welcome!
  • Meet at 3:30pm at OWL Rafting in Foresters Falls, ON (or we’ll pick you up anywhere in Ottawa by 1:30pm)
  • Intros to your guides and group
  • Expedition equipment: how to use and how to pack
  • Expedition food systems and packing
  • Dinner at OWL

Day 2

  • Whitewater training (packrafting and rescue) on the ‘Town’ section of the Petawawa
  • We drive everybody to Algonquin Park in our vehicles
  • Hike 2km on trail to Lake Eustache—the deepest lake in Algonquin Park
  • Camp on a picturesque island, surrounded by cliffs and wilderness

Day 3

  • Paddle across two lakes
  • Trek through forest and meadows in between the lakes and onwards to the Upper Petawawa River
  • Start river running!
  • Camp at a riverside campsite

Day 4

  • River running—this is an incredible section of fun rapids
  • Whitewater instruction
  • Camp at a riverside campsite

Day 5

  • Continue scouting rapids and river running on the Upper ‘Pet’
  • There are numerous opportunities for whitewater training with both walking your packraft back up to re-run rapids and whitewater rescue training
  • From the take-out, we’ll drive back to Owl Rafting
  • Dinner at Owl and get ready for the big day on the Ottawa to come

Day 6

  • Run both the ‘Middle’ & ‘Main’ channels of the mighty Ottawa
  • Hike and paddle back up through the Islands of the Ottawa in between
  • Boat tow to Owl
  • Final dinner!

Day 7

  • Breakfast and goodbyes!
  • If you’re driving yourself, you can take off from OWL at your leisure. If we’re driving you to Ottawa, you’ll be back in town by 11am.

Trip Details at a Glance

$3,949 CAD tax included

7 days of whitewater and expedition skills on the Ottawa and Petawawa Rivers

Departs from

Ottawa or Foresters Falls, Ontario

Group size

4 to 8 participants


  • Jul. 18-24, 2021
  • Jul. 25-31, 2021


Whitewater packrafting, hiking, learn expedition & river running skills

Activity level

Front & backcountry
Physical activity:
Highly active
Class III (some optional IV’s)
You don't need any whitewater experience—but you should be in physical condition for big days of paddling and hiking. Learn more about this trip's activity level.