Sands on Golden Lake is in the center of Ottawa Valley Adventure Activities

Come to Explore

Ottawa Valley Tourist Association

The Ottawa Valley is a place steeped in culture where you can immerse yourself in our unique blend of heritage and outdoor recreation. Escape the everyday hustle and bustle as you encounter our small town charm and authentic Ottawa Valley hospitality.

Ottawa Valley Tourist Association
800.757.6580 or 613.732.4364 

Come for Whitewater Excitement

Whitewater Rafting Adventure

Home to the mighty Ottawa, Madawaska and Petawawa Rivers, the Ottawa Valley boasts Canada's fastest, cleanest, warmest and safest rivers. From guided raft, kayak or canoe trips to instruction you will find it right here in the Whitewater Capital of Canada.

Interested in paddling your own boat? Consider entering a team at the Hell or High Water Whitewater Festival or Upper Ottawa River Race & Paddle Festival.

Come for Winter Adventures

Winter Adventures in the Ottawa Valley

Winter in the Valley means lots of snow and crisp temperatures — ideal for winter enthusiasts. With an abundant amount of snowfall in our region each year, the opportunities to experience the quintessential Canadian winter are endless.

Explore more than 2,500km of groomed TOP and local snowmobile trails which take sledders through a variety of terrain over classic Canadian Shield. Ride the infamous RAP (Round Algonquin Park) Tour — a 900km loop that travels around Algonquin Provincial Park and through Ontario's Snow Country, or witness the thrill of ice oval racing at the annual Bonnechere Cup in Eganville.

A variety of ski hills, including Ontario's highest and Canada's shortest verticals, are found scattered throughout Ontario's Adventure Playground, offering day and night skiing/snowboarding, tubing, special events and, of course, après ski relaxation. Numerous Nordic trail systems, such as Forest Lea, Madawaska Nordic, Opeongo Hills Nordic and Silver Spoon, offer a range of mixed forests and meadows for the x-country skier or snowshoer.

Dog sledding, ice fishing, ice climbing, pond skating and hockey round out the list of winter experiences. Carnivals, such as Pembroke's Snospree, Petawawa's Cabin Fever, Douglas' Frosty Fun, Renfrew's Frewfest and Killaloe's Snow Fun provide yet another reason to celebrate winter in the Ottawa Valley.

Come for a Fall Tour

Tour the Fall Colours in the Ottawa Valley

The annual Rural Ramble is a true celebration of rural living in the Ottawa Valley. This traditional self-guided driving tour takes visitors through the brilliant fall foliage, where glorious colours and crisp, cool weather make it an excellent season for exploring the countryside.

Each September and October, visitors can get a first-hand glimpse into our rural way of life through studio and artisan tours, farmers' markets and fall harvests, guided outdoor excursions, and more. The Rural Ramble is the perfect opportunity for the cultivation of new friendships and Valley hospitality.

Come for a Cultural Experience

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Thanks to museums, storytellers and festivals, the Ottawa Valley's uniquely rich history and heritage is preserved and shared. The Renfrew County Museums Network boasts an impressive collection of 23 museums and historical societies, including Canada's only Clock Museum, Champlain Trail Museum & Pioneer Village, Petawawa Heritage Village and the NHA/NHL Birthplace Museum, to name a few.

Stone Fence Theatre produces a number of theatrical performances through a combination of traditional step-dancing and fiddling, storytelling and church supper cuisine. A must see while visiting the Ottawa Valley.

Come for the Motorcycle Touring

Motorcycle Touring in the Ottawa Valley

The Ottawa Valley and Ontario's Highlands have everything a rider is looking for: sweeping, undulating, uncrowded country roads punctuated by breathtaking scenery and lookouts. Mix in authentic culture and history with a bit of adventure and you have the ultimate riding destination. Tour some of the Valley's signature routes, such as the Calabogie Boogie, Opeongo Loop or The Valley Sally. Even better, extend your ride over a few days and RideTheHighlands!

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