The Township of Greater Madawaska

Canoe/Kayak - Whitewater

Madawaska River, Calabogie
Madawaska River, Calabogie

Whitewater Paddling at Griffith

The Ottawa Valley is Canada's whitewater capital and you’ll find some of the best whitewater paddling in Ontario on the Madawaska River upriver from Griffith.

A highly recommended day trip starts at Aumond Bay with a 20 km paddle downstream to Griffith. En route you'll experience 10 sets of rapids. Early in the season these rapids are classified as Class 11-111 diminishing to Class 1-11 as the season progresses. Portages around all of the rapids are well marked if you should decide that any of the rapids are a bit too challenging.

This stretch of the Madawaska River also flows through Lower Madawaska Provincial Park where there are 36 well maintained campsites for those wishing to extend their whitewater adventure.

You don’t even need your own canoe or kayak. Don Adams at Greater Madawaska Canoe Rentals in Griffith (613-333-2240), will rent you equipment and/or shuttle you upriver to one of several locations where you start your trip downstream to Griffith.