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Madawaska Kanu Centre

247 River Road, Barry's Bay, Ontario K0J 1B0, Canada
+1 888-652-5268
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An awesome experience from start to finish!!

This rafting experience was top notch...from the greeting from the office staff to the guides on... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Catherine D
great for first timers!

If you've never been rafting, this is a great way to start. The family rafting was an easy ride. A... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Viktorviktoria
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Orangeville, Canada
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The Madawaska Kanu Centre provides personal instruction in Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing, as well as sea kayaking. Located just outside of Algonquin Park on the Madawaska River, MKC offers all the comforts of a European-style vacation resort. Classes are small, the river clean, warm & uncrowded. Two hour Family Rafting Trips for ages 2 & up! Five fun-filled kms of beautiful scenery and tumbling whitewater in the Algonquin Park area. Our skilled guides steer the raft down river as you hold-on and enjoy the adventures! Our Riverside Shop & Café has souvenirs, clothing, snacks and beverages for purchase before or after your trip. Fun for the whole family!
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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247 River Road, Barry's Bay, Ontario K0J 1B0, Canada
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+1 888-652-5268
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Reviewed yesterday

This rafting experience was top notch...from the greeting from the office staff to the guides on the river there was not one negative aspect to our day. Everyone connected with this place is friendly, engaging and well informed. They make everyone feel comfortable and included....More

Thank Catherine D
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you've never been rafting, this is a great way to start. The family rafting was an easy ride. A few bumps and swirls, I think I would like a few more of those so I will need to move on to bigger rapids. Our...More

Thank Viktorviktoria
Reviewed 3 days ago

My two daughters and I joined my friend, his wife and their two daughters. Instructors were attentive to kids questions; prepared us for all safety aspects and provided a fun and exciting trip. Route was just enough for any beginner or someone not to sure...More

Thank pmumford123
Reviewed 5 days ago

I took my 2 teenage sons for the family teen week for white water kayaking. We were all beginners. The instructors were fantastic developing our skills and building our confidence over the 5 days. A very caring staff, a well structured course and great food...More

Thank arden126
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very accommodating: I signed up for novice kayaking and then changed to canoeing mid-week for a reasonable extra charge. Nice instructors and good food! My teenager grandson disappeared into his Family Week cohort of novice kayakers and came out with some real skill and a...More

Thank Anthony W
MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review! It was a pleasure to have you both at MKC and we hope to welcome you both back for more quality granfather/ grandson time on the river soon :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family of four went rafting on a cold, rainy day in July. The guides were fantastic and the experience was overall pretty good, but my recommendation would be to wait for the weather report before booking. While they do say the trips go rain...More

Thank ottawagal80
MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you kindly for your review with helpful tips for fellow rafters! This is a great suggestion however, even if booking last minute - there is always the chance mother nature will not "cooperate" with vacation plans :) We suggest bringing quick dry layers (long...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Madawaska Kanu Centre is everything that it is advertised as. The facility is fantastic, the food is great, and the river is perfect for teaching. However, what made our week spectacular was the quality of the instructors. Not only are they superb canoeists/kayakers, but...More

Thank Ron K
MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so glad you were happy with your progress! Your willingness to learn and "go with the flow" also played a big part in your development over the course of the week. Thank you for taking the time to share your appreciation for our...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great visit. Guides were friendly and very knowledgable. Helped me to feel at ease while rafting. It was beautiful weather and high water which made for even better rafting.

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MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

The high water has been super fun for us as well! We are glad you had a great visit and hope to welcome you back :)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Experience was fabulous! Kids aged 4 to 11. All enjoyed themselves - guides Jesse and Nick were informative, helpful and fun! Definitely a worthwhile activity for families with ranging aged kids!

Thank joanigerber
MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your Family Rafting experience with us! We will make sure Jesse and Nick receive your kind words :)

Reviewed 11 July 2017

Recently took a Intro to Solo Whitewater Canoe course at MKC. I have taken whitewater courses from 3 other providers in the area before. The high quality instruction and professionalism would make me be a repeat customer of MKC. I went from learning strokes in...More

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MadawaskaKanuCentre, Manager at Madawaska Kanu Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Wow! Thank you so much for giving us the honour of "best company in the Ottawa Valley". We are blushing! We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us.

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JoAnneBallandies
2 August 2015|
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Response from OttawaDvw | Property representative |
Hello JoAnne, the Madawaska River Family Rafting is available Mondays to Thursdays through July and August. Adults are $50 + HST, while kids are $40 + HST. The trips run at 10am, 12 & 2pm although we advise you give us a... More
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