Canoe, Kayak, SUP


There is always a chance for you to get a paddle in the water here in Petawawa. Canoes, kayaks, SUPs and other water sports have a never-ending supply of adventure and experiences to be had here.
Petawawa is going to be your new paddling destination!  We are ideally located on both the Petawawa and the Ottawa Rivers.  Whether you are in search of a great place to teach the kids how to properly complete a J stroke, a quiet place to throw a fishing line in the water or somewhere to get your adrenaline running as you make your way down class II, III and IV rapids, we've got the water for you.  Get your paddle in your hands and get ready for a “choose your own adventure” experience.  If you love paddling you’re going to love Petawawa and its endless opportunities!

Lessons and rentals are available in the months of July and August at Petawawa Point Beach (613) 687 5678. Rental boats or boards are very reasonable.  With miles of flatwater, there are suken ships to explore and the opportunity to paddle the orignial fur trade routes on the mighty historique Ottawa River has volumes of stories to tell. 

Looking to find out more? Petawawa is home to the Petawawa Canoe and Kayak Club which meets for social evening paddles and informal get-togethers. The Petawawa River Rats are a whitewater kayak club that meets weekly at Centennial Park (Catwalk Rapids) and gives new paddlers the chance to try out kayaking or work on their paddling skills. The club has boats and safety gear you can use if you want to see what the hype is all about!

Meet friendly paddlers and like minded outdoor enthusiasts during the Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival and take part in races, kayak fishing derby, heritage paddle or a social paddle as a fundraiser for CHEO. A full weekend of activities for beginner and experienced paddlers alike.


Hell or High Water is a down river race on the Petawawa River that takes place in the month of May each year. Put your skills and courage to the test as you can race down the river in kayaks, canoes or rafts. Watch or take part in dragon boat racing as part of the weekend event as well. Get a team together and get you game face on for one of many chances to compete!

If you want to explore the Ottawa River flatwater canoes, kayaks and SUPs are available for rent at Petawawa Point beach by the hour or for the day. There’s many great places to explore by yourself or with the entire family. This is a great activity to be outdoors and to be active!

SAFETY FIRST! Put your safety first. Always wear a PFD and have your safety kit with you, which should include a bailer, whistle, floating rope (15m) and a waterproof flashlight. Go paddling with a friend or tell someone where you’re going and never go out paddling when under the influence!


The Town of Petawawa has several great locations for you to take your boat off your roof racks and get into the great wide open water. Discover miles of open water on the Ottawa River or find the many paths through the islands and explore remains of shipwrecks and many picture perfect moments.

Petawawa Point Beach (MAP #1)
N 45.54.583
W 077.15.046

Rantz Road – Black Bay (INSET)
N 45.52.432
W 077.21.611

Other flat water paddling in and around Petawawa include: Algonquin Park lakes and rivers, Bonnechere River and Muskrat River.


The Petawawa River flows in from Algonquin Provincial Park and then runs through the centre of Town. The choice is yours whether you want to run the river or grab your boat for a little park and play! Spring time offers class II to class IV rapids and all put-ins are only a short walk from parking and easy to set up for shuttles.

Rantz Road – Petawawa River (MAP #2)
N 45.53.219
W 077.18.558

Wilson Ave. – Petawawa River (MAP #4)
N 45.53.943
W 077.17.372

Centennial Park – Petawawa River (MAP #5)
Park and Play – Catwalk Rapids
N 45.54.187
W 077.16.696

Tall Pine Road – Petawawa River (MAP #6)
Park and Play – Golf Course Rapids & Take-out
N 45.54.404
W 077.15.481

Other whitewater paddling in and around Petawawa include: Madawaska, Dumoine, Upper Petawawa and Ottawa Rivers.