Paddling for ALL
Adaptive Rafting – OWL has the unique capacity with our facility, pontoon boats and staff to accommodate almost all abilities of rafters, including those in wheelchairs. A longterm and great partnership is with Camp Merrywood – Easter Seals. Merrywood brings their campers several times a summer rafting with us and it’s always an awesome experience for both campers and staff involved. See some great video footage
Building a Community
Local Community Impact: OWL Rafting purchases as much as we can locally from businesses in Foresters Falls, Cobden, Renfrew and Pembroke. We use local services such as school bus drivers and busses for shuttles, mechanics, plumbers, electricians, bookkeepers, sign makers, network administrators and technicians, and printers.
Flood Relief Clean up on the Ottawa River –
FREE access to paddlers – Supporting the paddling community for last 40 years at MKC/OWL Ottawa River put-ins. Given that the local municipality has yet to ever provide public access to the world class whitewater section called Rocher Fendu of the Ottawa River, the Van Wijk family have committed to allowing access at two locations. This is important to support the local and international paddling community that comes to the Ottawa River to paddle.
Annual River Shoreline Clean up: OWL Rafting has always organized the Annual River Shoreline Clean up a day walking between rapids picking up any garbage along the way which is then loaded into the rafts for proper waste management.
Sustainability and Environmental Impact
The river journey teaches us about the importance of our waterways, the health of them and land and sustainability is foremost in our minds.
We were selected as Finalist in 2019 Tourism Industry Association of Ontario Awards: More Info
Feast On – Member of Feast On (Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance) – A designation awarded to companies committed to sourcing at least 25% Ontario grown and made food and drink. The designation allows consumers that by choosing your establishment, they are supporting our local food system too. More info
OWL Rafting is committed to green business practices some of these include:
-Reusable plates and flatware for all buffet meals
-Solar assisted hot water showers
-Composting toilets that reduce almost 90% of our sewage waste
-Food waste management with scraps composted (and compost spread on flower and vegetable gardens) and other cooked food waste going to our pigs and chickens.
-Vegetable gardens to supplement staff meals.
-Locally sourced food – our main distributor Summit Foods sources 80% locally in Ontario
OWL’s Future initiatives: Building more roofed accommodation (Cabanas), each with their own solar hot water and composting toilets. Adding a charging station for Electric Vehicles for our customers. Currently there is no EV charging station within 42 km!
From cruisy to wild adventurous rides, OWL Rafting offers trips and packages for EVERYONE!
Graham Ketcheson, Managing Director