UK families set to Ride the Rapids in Ottawa this summer

New launch from Wilderness Tours sees ‘soft’ adventure river rafting tours offered in Ottawa’s city centre for the first time 

Active families heading to Ottawa this summer will find it easier than ever to ‘mess about on the water’ following the launch of new river rafting tours accessible from the centre of Canada’s capital.

While companies have long offered thrilling rafting tours on the Ottawa River from near Beachburg, about 90 minutes’ drive west of downtown Ottawa, the launch of the new three-hour Ottawa City Adventures by Wilderness Tours marks the first time family-friendly ‘soft’ adventure tours have been accessible from within the city itself. Visitors bounce through three sets of rapids, while hearing stories of the river’s history. The tours are accessible for children 6 years of age and older, weighing at least 50 pounds. Guests have the option of swimming along the raft at different points in the tour.

Noel Buckley, Ottawa Tourism’s President and CEO, said: “Rafting is a great way to experience Canada’s capital and the surrounding area, particularly during spring and summer. Our three major waterways, the Ottawa, Gatineau and Rideau Rivers, support a wealth of stunning islands, wildlife and scenic views – not to mention some exciting rapids.”

“The launch of these exciting new itineraries within Ottawa’s city limits make river rafting more accessible and fun than ever for visitors, leaving more time to explore the rest of the city’s major attractions.”

Some of Ottawa’s key family attractions include Calypso, the largest waterpark in Canada; Funhaven, home to everything from laser tag to mini bowling and simulators; and Saunders Farm, whose 100 acres include a theme park, water attractions and the largest collection of hedge mazes in North America. Free summer activities in the city include the daily Changing the Guard ceremony and nightly Mosaika Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill. And Ottawa’s national museums all have robust children’s programs, promoting hands-on learning while having fun.

Right now, Ottawa Tourism is also running a variety of family-focused promotions and packages, including a 3rd Night Free promotion at participating hotels and a Family Discovery package which allows visitors to choose from a list of family-friendly activities to add to their overnight stay.

“Ottawa will surprise you with its fun and friendly vibe. The city excels as a family destination, with a whole host of family-friendly attractions, lots of green spaces for children to explore, and a safe, walkable downtown,” Buckley added.

”From amusement parks and waterparks to the largest collection of hedge mazes in North America, there’s plenty to keep all the family entertained. With more than 1.8 Canadian dollars to the pound right now, and some great promotions being offered here at the tourism board, family holidays to Ottawa this summer also represent incredibly good value for visitors from the UK.” *

*Exchange rate correct as of 24.06.2014

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