My family of four, including 50 year old birthday boy and sons 20 and 17 had never rafted before. It took rave reviews from our friends from Toronto to get us to book this extreme adventure in our own Ottawa backyard. With my husband's new birthday gadget fastened tightly to his helmet and with us all suited up for a rainy and unusually cool August 16th we loaded ourselves onto a bus to take us to our waiting rafts. Although we were nervous and slightly disappointed with the weather, we were thrilled to find out that we were assigned none other than Bill, the very funny guide who did the pre rafting safety drill and had us laughing about the necessity of the "happy straps" on our life jackets. We were soon to find out that not only was Bill engagingly funny but extremely professional and safety conscious as we experienced our first full "dump" into the mighty Ottawa River. I can say after that first meeting with the Ottawa River that I was more respectful of its power and thankful for the team effort it takes to keep everyone safe. My hero Graham picked me out of a whirlpool with his little red kayak and guided me to another team member's boat before I was safely reunited with my own boat. I believe that should this first meeting not have gone as smoothly as it did I may not have been in for the long haul. At NO time, however, did we feel unsafe as we experienced the thrill of travelling through a myriad of rapids, were dumped and stayed in, and enjoyed cliff jumping. This River Run team of raft guides is the BEST!! We had a blast!!! My husband got it all on the Go Pro. We believe that a rainy cool day should not deter anyone from this experience. I am sorry we didn't book sooner. We will definitely be back and next time we are bringing our friends and family with us. We will make it a camping weekend and we will stay for the evening festivities. We can't wait to do it again. Thank you RiverRun team. Marilyn
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