Went on the Ultimate Adventure on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011 on the 6-man raft. Wild Bill was our guide and boy did he give us the thrill of the summer! We had 5 ppl plus our guide on our boat. It was a busy day with several 12-man rafts and 6-man rafts on the river from RiverRun. We decided to stay the night at RiverRun's camp to make sure we got a good night's rest before our big day on the water. Site has decent showers and washroom facilities. Rustic, but hey, it's better than a dunk in the lake! Food is ok, but that's not what we're there for. What we didn't expect was the impromptu party with Upstream Dave, guides, staff and guests on Saturday night. Even the thundershower couldn't keep the music down and the dancers off the tables! Nonetheless, Sunday morning started bright and early. After a briefing and getting our safety gear (vest, helmet and paddle), we piled into the buses and headed to the put in. Our guides gave us more safety instructions and off we went to our first rapid - and a class 4 to boot! I expected to get dunked, and was hoping we'd tip and go for a swim...I didn't know we'd get to do it 2 to 3 times on the first rapid! Our guide, who we aptly nicknamed Wild Bill, had complete control everytime and we had no fear paddling into the raging whitewaters and tipping the raft - on purpose! He made sure every single one of us was promptly restored to our raft, and took us back to the rapids for another go. We did "enders" - a neat trick where Wild Bill steered us nose-first into the rapid, then the crew piles into the bow (front) of the boat, thereby lifting the stern straight up into the air. That was a great trick and we had a fun swim & rescue by the ever-ready guides & rescue teams. The trip also included a cliff dive into minor rapids for an awesome swim. Felt like lemmings as we jumped into the water, one after another. We loved tipping the raft in the rapids and had complete faith in the guides to keep us all safe. All made it back safely. I can't wait to return! RiverRun Rafting is the best outfit on the Ottawa river (tried Owl a few years back, but didn't get the same thrill - it was also a 12-man raft, so that could've had something to do with it). RiverRun took us on 6 rapids ranging from Class 4 to Class 1. Quick stop for lunch in between rapids. First 2 rapids are the most fun, but the last 4 are nothing to sneeze at! Tipping and swimming the rapids are unforgettable and can't be missed. Wild Bill knows how to keep the laughter and fun going, while keeping it all professional and business. He always knew when to keep the crew working and listening, and also when to let us relax and enjoy the scenery. Will definitely ask for Wild Bill again next time! Can't wait to try the rapids in the spring! Love love love RiverRun Rafting. They are truly focused on giving whitewater novices and aficionados alike an outstanding rafting trip. This was worth every dollar spent!
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