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Four water activities you should try in Ottawa

Four water activities you should try in Ottawa

Canada is known for a lot of things: maple syrup, being friendly to immigrants, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. But maybe you don’t know that the country is a treasure trove for adventure seekers.

Ottawa, Canada’s capital city is one of the many places in Canada where adventure is just waiting to happen. Tourists and locals alike can flock to Ottawa and marvel at the view provided by Gatineau Park, or enjoy the city by going on the many walking tours around Ottawa. One thing that may surprise you about Ottawa is that the capital is home to many water-based activities.

Despite being land-locked, Ottawa has a lot of places where you can have a fun time in the water, with Ottawa River being the main watering hole for adventure seekers. So swap out the city life for a taste of the waters of Ottawa with these activities:


Capital Cable Park recently included wakeboarding as one of their new attractions. Those familiar to wakeboarding may know that wakeboarding requires a boat as well as special wakeboarding equipment such as the ones that companies like offers. What Capital Cable Park does differently is it eliminates the need for a boat, making the attraction a lot cheaper for visitors. Interested parties can hop on a wakeboard and get pulled by a mechanism attached to a line over the Ottawa River.


If you don’t have time for the 14-hour drive to the nearest ocean in Lawrencetown, you can put on some sunscreen and surf in Ottawa. The Ottawa River has some pretty gnarly currents that can give even the most tropical surf spots a run for their money. Some of the more popular surfing spots on the Ottawa River are the Champlain Bridge, the Sewer Wave, and the Desert Wave. Don’t forget to put on your skin suit as the waters can get pretty chilly.

Whitewater Rafting

Speaking of gnarly currents, whitewater rafting is another activity you can do on the Ottawa River. Ottawa River has a bunch of channels that range from a calm trickle to a raging rapid, making it the perfect place to jump on a raft with a few friends or strangers and get an up close and personal look at the wild waterways.

Paddle Boarding

If you ever find yourself in Ottawa in the summer, you may want to catch up on your fitness regimen by joining some stand up paddle boarding classes in Ottawa. You can catch a few sessions that hold their classes in Rideau Falls. Be on the lookout for special classes, such as paddle board classes with your dog, or stand up paddle boarding yoga to help you improve your balance even further.

Take a trip on the wild side and try surfing, wakeboarding, rafting or paddle boarding. If you ever find yourself planning a trip to Ottawa, make sure you don’t miss out on the many opportunities for water activities.

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