Our store and registration area offers a great selection of souvenirs, river gear, drinks, ice, and snacks. Come sign in with us when you arrive. During your stay, feel free to stop in at any time if you have questions or just to borrow a volleyball.
At OWL we require every person on site to sign a waiver, whether they are rafting or not. Our office staff will provide you with a waiver to sign and give you a wristband or ticket for your registered activity upon completion of the waiver. It is preferred that reservations for all of our services are made in advance of arrival. Our office staff are happy to help you if you would like to add on an additional meal, rafting day trip, or cabin upgrade upon arrival when possible.
Please feel free to ask our office staff for directions or advice on local attractions, restaurants, accommodations, or the river itself. We are happy to help.
In our retail store you will find all the gear you may need for a rafting trip, souvenirs for after your trip, and snacks for your stay.
At OWL Rafting we advise you to wear non-cotton clothing for your rafting day. This is for insulation. Non-cotton fabrics keep the warm air close to your body when they get wet. Even on a hot sunny day, cotton clothing can chill you and is more likely to chafe/rub. When cotton materials get wet, they cease to insulate you as the air pockets in the weave of the fabric fill with water, causing you to cool down faster. Our goal is to have the water of the river cool you when you choose to jump in, not your choice of t-shirt from a couple of splashes. What non-cotton clothing should you wear? This is up to you. We advise synthetic materials, polyester, fleece, or wool. Consider the types of clothes you would wear to the gym or to a swimming pool. Bathing suit material, wet suit material, or lycra/spandex are all the kinds of options we advise you consider.
In our office we sell non-cotton clothing options: long and short sleeve tops, shorts, bottoms, base layers, rash tops, and water skins for men, women, and children.
To raft you need shoes with a secure heel strap to keep your shoes on your feet. Secure footwear is needed for when you are out of the raft. Your shoes will protect your feet while you are in the river: the rocks in the river that create the rapids that can be sharp & rough. They will give you grip while walking on shore, as the rocks can be slippery when wet and gravel can be hard on bare feet.
Forgot your footwear? We carry a variety of options that change each year. We have watershoes that retails for about $30, and we have TEVA shoes and sandals if you are looking for a shoe you may be more likely to take home with you. Pop into our office to see what we have.
We also have flip flops – not suited for rafting – but great for the beach.
Sunglass Retainers / Chums
One of OWL’s best selling items are Chums. If you plan to wear glasses or sunglasses on the river you will need something to keep your glasses on your face. Chums are one of the best solutions. If you raft with glasses without a retainer strap to hold them on your head, there is a very high chance you will lose your glasses.
OWL’s Boutique have a variety of options if you are looking to bring a piece of OWL home with you. OWL T-shirts & sweaters, mini paddles, water bottles, stuffed animal owls, mini canoes, and more are available from the office.
Another favorite souvenir is the footage of you rafting. Our office sells USBs with the video of your rafting trip. If you leave before buying the video, you can give us a call and we will make a copy and send it to you with a small additional charge for shipping. OWL partners with local photographers to snap pictures of all of our rafting trips. Check back for their website to purchase copies.
Drinks, Ice & Snacks
Bring a cooler with your pop or beer and top up on your ice when you get here. OWL has bags of ice available for sale from our office for about $3.00/bag. *We do not sell liquor at OWL Rafting. You are welcome to bring some with you. If you want to go to a local brewery, LCBO, Beer Store, or SAQ, please ask our office staff for a map and directions.
We have chips, pop, and ice cream available for sale in our office. We sell reusable water bottles – we do not sell bottled water.
Water, Coffee, and Tea are free and available in the meals area at all times.
OWL Rafting is located about 15 minutes away from the closest small town and about 30 minutes away from the bigger towns. Please feel free to bring snacks, beverages, prepared meals, and more with you for your stay at OWL as our options are limited. There are no cooking facilities available for general use at OWL. Our kitchen and grills are reserved for staff use only.