Let your sense of adventure guide you to the Ottawa Valley… Ontario’s Adventure Playground!
Famous for its stunning outdoors, cultural and heritage riches and, not to mention a welcoming and hospitable nature, the Ottawa Valley is Ontario’s Adventure Playground. Surrounded by woodlands, over 900 pristine lakes, four major river systems, the Ottawa Valley is conveniently located west of the Nation’s Capital, stretching for 220km east-west along the TransCanada Highway and south to the majestic Algonquin Park.
“The Valley” consists of a unique blend of towns, villages and municipalities, where you will find plenty of variety, from the urban centres to the rural areas, where beautiful artistry, seasonal agriculture and lush wilderness abound.
Known as the Whitewater Capital of Canada, the area is home to some of the fastest, cleanest, warmest and safest rivers in the country – perfect for serious kayak or canoe action. You’ll find rivers for all seasons and skill levels – the Ottawa, Madawaska, Bonnechere, Petawawa, Opeongo, Dumoine, Barron, Mattawa, Coulonge, Noire, Papineau Creek, York, Grant’s Creek and more. Rivers flow from March to the end of November making for a long paddling season. Each year the Ottawa Valley hosts a variety of international, national and provincial kayaking and canoeing championships, festivals and paddling events. Want to master your J-stroke? The Valley is also home to Canada’s best paddling schools – kayak, raft or canoe.
Several seasoned outfitters offer a variety of guided packages from screamin’ high-adventure rafting to gentle family float-trips, sea kayaking and sport-yaking, canoe clinics, slalom racing and whitewater rodeos. If racing down a Class III, IV or V rapid is not your style, then slow down and relax as you glide across one of the area’s many lakes. Be sure to pack your camera as the photo opps are endless.
OK, so maybe you’re not a paddler. Don’t worry, there’s more. An amazing array of outdoor activities awaits you – from camping to waterfall viewing. The Ottawa Valley appeals to outdoor enthusiasts with expansive multi-use trails, breathtaking canyons, hunting, fishing, ATVing, geocaching, golfing, small town walking tours and not to mention the spectacular fall colours. The list goes on.
Thriving communities, theatre groups, storytellers and museums help to preserve and share the Valley’s rich heritage and culture. More than 20 museums can be found scattered throughout the region – including Canada’s only Clock Museum and The School House Museum in Deep River. The museums not only pay tribute to the logging and agricultural history, but also keeps time with the hydro electric and nuclear power development eras, including the creation of the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in Chalk River.
Nestled among the many towns, villages and hamlets lay many unexpected treasures. Looking for some retail therapy? Shopping malls and professional services are available throughout the Valley, however, what keeps the visitors coming back are the numerous antique shops, boutiques, galleries and craft stores where the craftsmanship of artisans from across the region can be found on prominent display.
The countryside is dotted with a variety of accommodations from affordable cottage rentals and campgrounds to family-operated lodges and resorts or cozy bed and breakfasts to full amenity hotels. Tasty Ottawa Valley cuisine can be savoured in a variety of eateries; elegant inns and tearooms, family dining lounges, historic taverns and traditional parish suppers. Whether you are looking for a succulent gourmet feast or a quick bite to tide you over between destinations, the Ottawa Valley offers a great variety for diners.
For a romantic getaway, family holiday, a day’s shopping, the great outdoors, whatever you choose, let your sense of adventure guide you to the Ottawa Valley.
For more information or help planning your next adventure to the Ottawa Valley, visit OttawaValley.travel or call 1-800-757-6580.