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Adventure Near Montreal: Rafting the Ottawa

I’m planning a vacation to Montreal, and while I’ve heard lots about its urban charms, I don’t know much about its wilderness access. Where can I play outside within a couple hours of the city?

A:Just over the provincial border, the Ottawa River is home to some of the best North American whitewater east of the Colorado. It’s a big, broad river laced with islands and multiple channels made for different experience levels. Beginners are welcome, but the Ottawa has also hosted the freestyle kayaking world championships, so serious paddlers should find plenty to keep them occupied.

Several whitewater outfits operate out of the small town of Beachburg, Ontario, about three hours from Montreal. You’ll find everything from the standard one-day rafting trip to multi-day retreats, SUP lessons, and freestyle kayaking clinics.

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