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Dragons Tongues and Butchers Knives await – as you dare to journey down the Ottawa River. Find your esprit de corps as you join other paddlers on the explosive whitewater of the Ottawa. Be bold, take action, and discover your spirit of adventure, with whitewater rafting, kayaking, ziplines, and bungee jumping. All this, plus the pleasure and luxury of staying in our riverside lodge.
Raft with the best - In 2008 National Geographic rated Esprit the world’s #1 whitewater outfitter.
Mishipeshu, is "the Great Lynx." a fantastic dragon-like mythical creature. Resembling a cat with horns, and guardian of many waterways.
Double or Nothing – Esprit is the only company that will double your excitement offering two channels of the Ottawa River in one day.
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The call of the wild - find adventure and beauty on the Ottawa River. Mid-way between the world famous Algonquin and Gatineau Parks this outrageously beautiful spot is a paradise for nature lovers. A spectacular peninsula jutting into the waters of the Ottawa River where you can find beauty and tran...More
Zip & Zoom – Rafting and ZipLines, Ottawa River
Zip and Zoom as you fly and plunge into a fabulous two-day adventure. Scream and surge as you descend by raft both channels of the Ottawa River, explod...More
Jump & Joyride – Bungee & Rafting, Ottawa River
Push play – as you up the ante and the thrills on this fantastic two-day adventure. Plunge and surge as you descend by raft both channels of the Ottawa...More
Breakout & Getaway – Rafting, Ottawa River
Breakout and escape – as you up the ante and the vibe with this fantastic getaway package. Upsize your rafting adventure with the pleasure of staying a...More
Honour and valour are found in the red-hot fires of adventure and the cold white waters of raging rapids. Take the plunge to discover your inner spirit in a land of mythical creatures and legendary rivers. Make offerings of adrenaline, fear and excitement to Mishipeshu the Great Underwater Lynx of the Anishinaabe and Algonquin people - guardian of the waterways. Esprit chooses to honour Mishipeshu the “gatekeeper to successful passage” and by choosing to journey with Esprit you guarantee your own successful adventure. Descend the river and enjoy other adventures knowing that your safety is taken seriously. Yes, there are risks, and you will feel the pump of adrenaline, the fear of destruction, the excitement and the fun. Yes – we have taken every conceivable action to mitigate your risk and guarantee you safe passage. All our guides have extensive training and experience in safety. They are all qualified in Wilderness First Aid, Swiftwater Rescue, and recognised guides with the International Rafting Federation.Paddle to preserve the world and our rivers. Push your raft into the current and prepare for the ride of a lifetime knowing that your children and grandchildren will inherit a world left better by your actions. Esprit is partnered with a number of local and international agencies to make sure that the natural beauty of our riverine ecologies are left pristine, with no trace of our passing. These include CPAWS – Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Les Amis de la Rivière Kipawa, LNT (Leave No Trace), and 1% For The Planet.Be brave, take on both channels of the mighty Ottawa River in one day. Conquer fear giving birth to a new spirit of adventure. Gain a new view of existence ziplining and bungee jumping over the amazing Canadian wilderness. With Esprit know that all your fun and excitement is honourable - paying homage to our ancestors, and leaving a better world for our future.
With pennies in his pocket and an overwhelming desire to offer the worlds greatest whitewater adventures. Jim Coffey took up the challenge that lay heavy on his heart. With just two small self-bailing rafts and the excellent rapids of the Ottawa River. Jim showed his courage and spirit by launching Esprit in 1992, knowing that he would be competing against much larger rafting companies. Jim soon realised that the nimbleness of his smaller rafts was a gift and that he could actually raft both channels of the Ottawa in a single day – literally doubling the fun. Today Esprit is still the only company rafting both channels of the Ottawa in a single day.Jim is not just an adventurer, he is also a philosopher at heart. He feels the need to behave with honour, dignity and integrity. He has been a vocal campaigner for social and environmental justice. Through the “I Speak for Canadian Rivers” campaign to being an ambassador for the Climate Project. Jim has made no secret of his love of the land and the rivers of the world. People matter to Jim and none more so than those who struggle with physical or neurological challenges. Jim has worked tirelessly to ensure that people from all walks of life can enjoy his beloved rivers. Under Jim’s leadership, the team at Esprit has opened their doors and hearts to those challenged by sight, hearing, mobility and neurology. Jim and his family are the founders of Whitewater Healing which works to share river experiences with those challenged by Autism. When you adventure with the team at Esprit you will find Jim’s values throughout every step of the way. Find the core of Esprit, and you will find a spirit of honour, valour, integrity and respect.
Excellent rafting journeys down both channels of the Ottawa River. With highly-skilled professional guides, and outstanding safety routines. Climbing, ziplining and bungee jumping packages in the Canadian wilderness.
Highly experienced river-guides. Qualified in Wilderness First Aid, Swiftwater Rescue, and recognised guides with the International Rafting Federation.Smaller rafts mean smaller groups, and the ability to ride more rapids. (Maximum 7 people)Comfortable accommodation available.Excellent safety standards and equipment.Riverside Lunch when participating in day rafting.