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Conveniently located between Pembroke and Petawawa, Gearheads offers a full range of quality, active, outdoor toys and accessories. Stop in on your day of rafting the Petawawa and check out all the gear!

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Whitewater rafting the Petawawa River with Esprit!

Petawawa Day Trips
Featured Program

Whitewater rafting the Petawawa River with Esprit!

Fast, furious, tight and technical, the Petawawa combines long roller coaster wave trains with steep, adrenalin-pumping drops. With its headwaters in Algonquin Park, we ride the spring flood through a series of class III and IV rapids to the confluence with the Ottawa River.

Our day begins at Gearheads, an awesome local outfitting store in the heart of downtown Petawawa. An urban classic, this thrilling spring run includes two descents of the Petawawa River, a riverside lunch, all safety equipment and wetsuits. After the trip, we celebrate the day with an ice cold beer, juice or soft drink... the first round is on us!

  Availability & Costs
May 4 to June 16
 Saturdays, Sundays $150.00
Weekly Special!  Save with a group of 7 or more! Book a Petawawa River daytrip with a group of 7 or more and receive a $100.00 cashback!
Weekly Special!  Save with a group of 14 or more! Book a Petawawa River daytrip with a group of 14 or more and save $50.00 per person!
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The Petawawa Day Trip packs your day with the most whitewater possible! Due to the continuous nature of the river, we are able to make two descents for maximum enjoyment.

9:30 am Meet your guides and fellow adventurers
9:45 am Safety briefing and instruction given enroute to put-in
10:30 am First descent of the Petawawa River
12:15 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Transport back to put-in
1:30 pm Second descent of the Petawawa River
4:30 pm Take out and return for photo and video presentation of your day
Note: Trips meet in front of Gearheads (outdoor store) in downtown Petawawa

What's included in your adventure

The Petawawa day trip includes 2 descents of the Petawawa River, 1 riverside lunch, all safety equipment, wetsuits, 14 ft. self-bailing rafts, internationally certified guides, local transportation, complimentary après rafting beer, juice or soft drink.

Optional Add-ons

Customize your Petawawa day trip by adding any of the following options:

Accommodation at Esprit's basecamp in Davidson:
Camping (bring your own tent)
Cabin Tent Rental
Basecamp Lunch
Ultimate BBQ



What you should bring with you for the day

All your mandatory safety equipment is provided for you, therefore, all you need to bring with you are some personal items to help make your day even more enjoyable. We recommend that you bring a pair of shoes or sandals to wear on the river (they will get wet!), your swimsuit and/or shorts, sunscreen, water bottle, towel and a change of clothes.

If you are joining us during the early spring (April & May), we highly recommend that you bring an extra fleece or wool sweater, fleece socks and running shoes (versus sandals) for extra thermal layering under your wetsuit.


Here is what others who have experienced an Esprit day trip have to say:

"I had an amazingly wicked, action packed, adrenaline rushing day! I will definitely be back for more!"

"I had a great experience for a first time rafter. Met great people and had a blast!"

"What a great experience whitewater rafting!! The guides were really nice and took us on some great runs! I will highly recommend you to others and will definitely be back soon."