2 Hour Family Rafting Trip on the Madawaska River

Please call  613-756-3620 or 1-888-652-5268 to book Madawaska River Rafting Trips – Madawaska River Rafting is not located at OWL Rafting.

Madawaska Kanu Centre in Barry’s Bay is the home for our gentle family rafting, suitable for anyone 2 years of age and up! Our Madawaska River Family Rafting Trips are a great introduction to the whitewater experience.

Start your trip by checking in with the MKC office 30 minutes prior to your scheduled raft time. Meet your guides and collect your helmet and lifejacket before jumping on the bus to the top of the rapids. Your raft guides will give you an on-water briefing to teach you how to hold on and let you know what to expect heading downstream. Our skilled guides steer from the stern of the raft through 5 fun-filled kilometers of beautiful scenery and tumbling whitewater in the Algonquin Park area. You hold on for the rapids and enjoy the ride!

The first rapid of the day, Staircase, introduces you to the thrill of white water. You will get wet as the raft descends through class I-II whitewater rapids. During the trip we stop at the legendary “Claudia’s Roller”, where kids love to jump off a big rock into the current and body surf through waves. Once we reach Mud Bay the rafts float across the flat water as you get to tube jump and and dive into the water before reaching the take out.

Please call  613-756-3620 or 1-888-652-5268 to book Madawaska River Rafting Trips.

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  • Rafts have 12 or 13 spaces. This can be all your own group, or we will fill the boat with others
  • Ability to swim is not mandatory as lifejackets & helmets are worn at all times
  • Participants are not required to paddle
  • The guide on oars in the stern steers and propels the raft through the rapids and along the calmer stretches
  • Minimum age: 2 years

Book Family Rafting Trips on the Madawaska River directly through Madawaska Kanu Centre (here)

Thanks to Ontario Power Generation’s 4-day water release:  Rafting Trips on the Madawaska River run Monday through Thursdays from mid June – end of August !

Full payment is required to confirm your reservation. VISA or MasterCard accepted.  Reservations for the 2-Hour Madawaska Family Rafting Trips must be paid by phone.  Please call us at:  613-756-3620 or 1-888-652-5268.

Within 7 days of your date, your trip becomes a final booking –  NO transfers or cancellations.

Please note that Rafting is the best activity to do in the rain: you get wet anyways !   We go rain or shine !

Rates: Monday to Thursday Friday to Sunday
Per Adult $50 Closed
Per Child (12 & under) $40 Closed

* 13% HST extra, $5 service fee included in listed rate
** Minimum age: 2 years & up

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Madawaska Kanu Centre, 247 River Road, Barry’s Bay, Ontario, Canada
DEPARTURE TIMES 10 AM, 12 Noon, 2 PM – Reservations are required for a specified date and time
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing (NO COTTON), shoes (with back strap), and sunscreen. On a cool day, add wool socks and shirts for warmth.
INCLUDED
Professional River Guide A fun water adventure
Use of Picnic Area Helmet & Lifejacket
OPTIONAL
Available at additional cost Souvenirs from Boutique
Snacks from the Cafe Cash Guide Gratuity

Madawaska River Rafting Timing

Departure times will be confirmed when you call with your credit card details. Please note that all trip times may not be available each day. Our reservation staff will inform you of what is available when booking.

Please view the estimated timeline for each of our Trips: the 10:00 Trip, the 12:00 Trip, and the 2:00 Trip.

9:30

Arrival

Check in at the Office. We require a waiver to be filled out for each participant before rafting.
Next

Gear Up

Head over to our raft area. Change and gear up before the orientation. Meet with your trip leader and get on the bus.
10:00

Get Wet

The bus will depart promptly at 10:00 AM. Please ensure you have secured all of your dry clothes and extra items in your car and dropped your car keys off at the office before jumping on the bus.
water

Whitewater Fun

Each raft has a guide to steer you downstream and introduce you to the mysteries of the Madawaska River. Travelling along the 5 kms of river and through some Class I-II rapids, you may get to jump from the bridge or swim along the way.
12:00

Back to the Start

After swimming and floating at Mud Bay you will hop back on the bus to return to MKC. Once back, head to the office to grab your car keys and return your lifevests and helmets to the raft area.
depart

Onto the next adventure

Head into our Boutique to pick up a souvenir or grab a coffee before hitting the road.
11:30

Arrival

Check in at the Office. We require a waiver to be filled out for each participant before rafting.
Next

Gear Up

Head over to our raft area. Change and gear up before the orientation. Meet with your trip leader and get on the bus.
12:00

Get Wet

The bus will depart promptly at 12:00 PM. Please ensure you have secured all of your dry clothes and extra items in your car and dropped your car keys off at the office before jumping on the bus.
water

Whitewater Fun

Each raft has a guide to steer you downstream and introduce you to the mysteries of the Madawaska River. Travelling along the 5 kms of river and through some Class I-II rapids, you may get to jump from the bridge or swim along the way.
2:00

Back to the Start

After swimming and floating at Mud Bay you will hop back on the bus to return to MKC. Once back, head to the office to grab your car keys and return your lifevests and helmets to the raft area.
depart

Onto the next adventure

Head into our Boutique to pick up a souvenir or grab a coffee before hitting the road.
1:30

Arrival

Check in at the Office. We require a waiver to be filled out for each participant before rafting.
Next

Gear Up

Head over to our raft area. Change and gear up before the orientation. Meet with your trip leader and get on the bus.
2:00

Get Wet

The bus will depart promptly at 2:00 PM. Please ensure you have secured all of your dry clothes and extra items in your car and dropped your car keys off at the office before jumping on the bus.
water

Whitewater Fun

Each raft has a guide to steer you downstream and introduce you to the mysteries of the Madawaska River. Travelling along the 5 kms of river and through some Class I-II rapids, you may get to jump from the bridge or swim along the way.
4:00

Back to the Start

After swimming and floating at Mud Bay you will hop back on the bus to return to MKC. Once back head to the office to grab your car keys and return your lifevests and helmets to the raft area.
depart

Onto the next adventure

Head into our Boutique to pick up a souvenir or grab a coffee before hitting the road.

Madawaska River Raft Trips take place on the middle Madawaska River. Our address is 247 River Road, Barry’s Bay, Ontario, K0J 1B0. Madawaska Kanu Centre is our business location. We are located South of Barry’s Bay’s downtown. GPS: 45.41 N, 77.78 W

Please be careful, as there are lots of River Roads in Ontario and we want to ensure you find MKC at 247 River Road in Barry’s Bay. Please consider using our GPS co-ordinates, 45.41 N, 77.78 W, if you are not able to find River Road in Barry’s Bay on your GPS. Our trips leave promptly at your scheduled start time. Please give yourself an additional 30 minutes to find us. We don’t expect you to get lost, but you will be happy you left extra time!

When driving from Bancroft, follow HWY 62 North. Turn left on Centreview Road after the small hamlet of Purdy.  Follow signs to Madawaska Kanu Centre: you will take two right hand turns.
If coming from the East, Ottawa side, take HWY 60 to Barry’s Bay. Once in Barry’s Bay, take Dunn St South for 14kms past the Hospital. Just before crossing the River, turn left on River Road for continue for 500 metres. Follow Madawaska Kanu Centre signs.
If coming from Algonquin Park, take HWY 60 to Barry’s Bay. Turn right (south) onto Dunn St. Take Dunn St for 14kms past the Hospital.  Just before crossing the River, turn left on River Road for continue for 500 metres. Follow Madawaska Kanu Centre signs.

TO BOOK A MADAWASKA RIVER RAFTING TRIP PLEASE CALL

1-888-652-5268

if you would like to book a trip within the next 24 hours.

If you are booking for a trip more then 24 hours away please feel free to submit a booking request email.

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Raft & Shuttle

We have partnered with TROUT Bus Lines to have them bring you rafting. Available Mondays in July and August. Please call to make a reservation first.

Family Adventure : Hidden Adventure

Are you looking for a bit more adventure? We are part of a package including Family Rafting, Geocaching, Mineral collection, a trip to the Bancroft Mineral Museum, and accommodations. For more details please check out the profile of activities at Hay Lake Lodge.