In Upper Ottawa Valley, you’ll find Petawawa where the Petawawa River and Ottawa River meet. Just east of Algonquin Park, off of the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 17), Petawawa can be easily accessed from Toronto or Ottawa for a weekend getaway or longer vacation. The variety of accommodations, including bed and breakfasts, lodges, inns, and resorts make it easy to plan your stay.
A whitewater rafting day trip on the Ottawa River is perfect for water enthusiasts seeking a surge of excitement through fast, Class III and Class IV waters. There’s also plenty of golfing nearby, including the Twin Rivers Golf Course, Roanoke Golf Club, and Pembroke Golf Club for 18-hole courses.
If you’re after a calmer water experience, head over to Algonquin Park for some canoeing and fishing. The park is a well-known spot for hiking as well as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter months.
Another great hiking spot is to follow the Millennium Trail along the Petawawa River, where you can watch whitewater rafters make their way through the churning waters. Stay on the path to reach Centennial Park, where you can cross onto The Catwalk for a favourite swimming hole among locals.