Prepare to get your clothes wet and your blood pumping when you shoot down the rapids on the Ottawa River. Not for the faint of heart—or the scared-of-water—the river’s sport routes guarantee the best of dizzying climbs and heart-stopping dips, with plenty of rock ’em, sock ’em splashes to keep the ride refreshing. But make sure you’re a strong swimmer before you embark on this wild ride. For families and folks looking for a taste of adventure—but not the whole banquet—there are easier routes as well, complete with gentle thrills and less chance for spills. The truly intrepid can explore solo or duo kayaking through the rapids.
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What’s nearby: Culture and history buffs will want to check out the endless activities in Canada’s capital city. Jump on a bike and check out tanks and trenches at the Canadian War Museum, pedal through the Byward Market (stopping for Beavertails, of course), or simply enjoy the view from Parliament Hill.
How to get there: Take the 401 east to Napanee. Then follow highway 41 north to Eganville. For detailed directions to the rafting resort, see www.wildernesstours.com.