Frequently Asked Questions

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Reservations Related:

We generally open the long weekend in May (3rd Saturday) and close the 2nd weekend in September. Contact us for specific dates that you are interested in.

The check-in time is indicated on your reservation confirmation notice.

If you are checking in the night before your rafting trip, arrival is any time AFTER 5:00 PM. Many rafters depart between 4:00-5:00 and this provides everyone with better service.

Check-out: For indoor accommodation, we ask that you be out of your cabin by 11:00 am. For campers, check-out is 2 hours after you return to OWL from your rafting trip.

 

If your non-rafters intend to stay the day at our resort, the beach package may be purchased for $40/person. This option includes lunch, the use of all our facilities, and the possibility of joining the pontoon cruise at the end of your rafting trip.

If they plan to leave the resort for the day and meet you after your trip to pick you up, there is no charge. The local community has hiking trails, water slides, zip-lines, golf courses, bungee jumping, and mountain biking that they may be interested in.

Voyageur/Greyhound can bring you as far as Cobden. Whitewater Taxi can pick you up from Cobden to OWL Rafting.  613-281-6430; booking ahead is recommended.

No. You book for the number of people who wish to go rafting. OWL will fill the rest of the raft with other guests.

No. We require your reservation to be paid in full prior to your trip. Without full payment, we cannot hold the spots for you. Guides must be reserved for the day, food ordered etc.

Full refunds are given if a cancellation is received 30 days prior to trip date. The deposit is non-refundable within 30 days of trip. No refunds or transfers within 7 days of trip start.

OWL will not refund any portion of a rafting reservation within 7 days of the rafting trip.

The User Fee covers access to the river and liability insurance. This is a mandatory fee that is standard in the rafting industry.

Resort & Facilities Related:

We are a 1 1/2 hour drive west of Ottawa or a 4 1/2 hour drive north-east of Toronto. Foresters Falls is outside of Cobden, Ontario, located on the Trans-Canada between Renfrew and Pembroke. There are plenty of signs once in the area.

OWL has free parking throughout our resort and plenty of space for buses.

OWL has plenty of space for RVs. However, we do not have any hook-ups.

Yes, for guests that are rafting with us; we are not a public campground. The camping fee includes one night of camping plus a hearty breakfast. Guests must provide their own tents and bedding.

Yes, we rent out cabins and cabanas.

The Cabins sleep six in 2 double beds & 2 single bunks; guests must provide their own bedding.

The Cabanas sleep 2 in one queen bed. Bedding is included.

Cabin & Cabana rates are listed under the Accommodations Page. Cabin rates are in addition to the overnight & breakfast cost.

Yes.

The cabins do have an electrical outlet with lighting but no plumbing.

The cabanas have electrical outlets with composting toilets.

Yes, but in designated areas – under our pavilion and one designated outdoor fire pit.

Yes, our quiet hour is 1:00 am on weekends, 11:00 pm mid-week.

Yes. Kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boats, and pedal boats are available at the beachfront. All rafters are welcome to use the equipment on the day of your rafting trip. Paddles and life vests are provided. There is no additional cost.

Yes, hot showers are available.

We also have a sauna, sinks, and composting toilets.

When it comes to food, it is best to plan ahead. OWL is located 15-30 minutes from the nearest town. Please book ahead if you wish to add a meal onto your trip.

The option to buy into OWL’s scheduled meal plan is available with advance notice. Alternatively, the OWL Boutique has a few options including panini sandwiches, muffins, and snacks if you are not looking for a full meal.

All guests are welcome to bring food and snacks. Please note there are no refrigeration options or cooking facilities provided.

We have campfires every night and live entertainment on Saturdays. The OWL pavilion is the centre of evening entertainment most nights. Gather around the fire, select a movie in the lounge, or play a board game from our selection.

The main campground is a large open field located on the water with picnic tables and room to spread out. We also have a separate camping area for smaller groups. Facilities include beach front, sauna, hot showers, and indoor washrooms.

Yes, you may drink on the resort. OWL is not licensed so you must BYOB. No alcohol is permitted on the morning of your rafting trip: anyone who has been drinking will not be permitted to raft that day.

If your non-rafters intend to stay the day at our resort, the beach package may be purchased for $40/person. This option includes lunch, the use of all our facilities, and the possibility of joining the pontoon cruise at the end of your rafting trip.

If they plan to leave the resort for the day and meet you after your trip to pick you up, there is no charge. The local community has hiking trails, water slides, zip-lines, golf courses, bungee jumping, and mountain biking that they may be interested in.

River Related:

Cold days: sneakers/sport sandals/water shoes, wool socks, wool or fleece sweater, nylon windbreaker; wetsuits are available for rent. Warm days: sneakers/sport sandals/water shoes and a bathing suit. Don’t forget your sunscreen. All participants must be wearing secure footwear: NO FLIPFLOPS OR CROCS!

Any time during the summer: the Ottawa River has excellent flows May to September. Weekdays are less crowded, as are early season weekends.

Some rapids are better in lower water than high. The rapids are rated as class III to V, but at any water level, the Ottawa River provides great excitement!

During May & early June, the water is cool & wetsuits are available. Later in the summer, the river warms up to roughly 20 C (70 F).

Rafting lasts about 6 hours; 4 – 5 hours of rafting followed by a 1-hour return trip aboard OWL’s unique Pontoon Boat Cruise. (Total trip distance of 12 km).

Family Raft Trips are 4 hours; 2-3 hours of floating followed by the return trip.

A typical timeline is available on each trip type under the itinerary tab.

We have 4 raft types on the Ottawa River:

The Big Boat = 12-person raft

The Sport Raft = 7-person raft

The Sport Yak = 2-person inflatable kayak

Family Raft = 8-person capacity

On the Madawaska River:

The Family Raft = 12-person raft

*some exceptions may apply.

 

OWL takes video footage and photos of your trip down the Ottawa River. These are available to view and purchase after your rafting trip.

OWL has a small number of helmets with GoPro mounts. These are free to borrow and available on a first come first serve basis: no advanced holds. OWL does not take any responsibility for items lost on the river trip, including GoPros lost when using the OWL helmets.

On Family Raft Trips, guides do all the work; guests just hang on & enjoy the ride. In 12 person rafts, everyone paddles but not necessarily hard the whole time. When Sport Rafting you must paddle hard for most of the trip.

Sport Yakking is a full day of paddling from start to finish. Your guide is in a kayak and not able to propel you down the river: it’s up to you to paddle.

With OWL’s activities, an element of risk is inherent & beyond human control; this is often what attracts people to Whitewater Rafting. OWL spares no effort to ensure that you are aware of risks and hazards, but cannot assume responsibility for your safety or loss of personal equipment. You will be given the option to ride the raft or walk the short portage trail at every significant rapid.

Injuries are few and far between. The most common injuries are bumps, bruises, & scrapes. Each raft and trip carries First Aid Kits, and all guides are certified in First Aid and CPR.