Gatineau River Expedition

Bond as a team and connect with nature

1h45min from Ottawa—3 to 5 days—for custom groups

A customized river rafting trip is the perfect way for your group to strengthen as a team, and grow as individuals. On a leadership and educational expedition, participants will:

  • learn whitewater navigation skills
  • learn to survive and thrive in the wilderness
  • be challenged to step out of their comfort zones

Read on to find out how to customize a rafting trip for your school, community organization, or specialized group that will meet all your program’s objectives.

Custom river rafting program

The Gatineau River Expedition is a 3 to 5-day wilderness voyage by raft for groups of 12 – 25 people. Along with fun and adventure, the program includes instruction in wilderness skills, whitewater safety, and paddling.

On day-1, after instructions and packing up, we load everything into the boats and float downstream to our campsite. The group paddles in professionally guided rafts and the equipment gets rowed by a guide in a ‘gear raft’. You’ll experience the magic of a river journey, camping by the riverside.

Activities & options

  • Whitewater rafting
  • Wilderness camping
  • Survival and nature skills
  • Inflatable kayaking & stand-up paddle boarding
  • Whitewater rescue and safety skills

Meeting location

St. Therese de La Gatineau, QC (1h45min from Ottawa or 3 hours north west of Montreal)


Cost for youth groups is between $130 and $230 per participant, per day. Your pricing depends on your group size, trip length (3, 4, or 5 days), and what you’d like included.

Please contact us to discuss your needs and we’ll provide a written quote and detailed proposal.

Why a trip on the Upper Gatineau River?

Your students will connect with the river, forest, and region by getting to know its:

History and culture: This section was an early transportation route for First Nations, then an important fur trade passage, and a log drive river until the 90s! The river flows through the heart of Kitigan Zibi, an Algonquin community.

Ecology: The eco-system here is a bridge between the boreal zone of northern Quebec and the mixed forests that surround Ottawa.

Whitewater: Boasting some of the best rapids in eastern North America, the Gatineau hosts the annual ‘Festival d’eau vive de la Haute Gatineau’.

What’s included?

A professional, highly-qualified, experienced instructor team leads all activities.

Who we work with

For our leadership and educational expeditions, some of the groups that we work with include:

  • St. George’s School of Montreal – Gatineau River Expedition, Rouge Rafting trip, canoe trips, winter camping, hiking every year since 2011
  • Selwyn House School of Montreal – Gatineau River Expedition
  • Kitigan Zibi youth camp – Gatineau River rafting – 1 day
  • Bishops College School – 10-day Batiscan River Canoe and Raft Expedition – Ondaatje Endeavor 2016
  • Mamit Innuat – Magpie River Expedition with youth from Cote Nord Innu communities

Read about the river adventures of Selwyn House School on their customized trip

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