Canoes can be rented or purchased at stores such as MEC, Paddle Shack or other local outfitters (2). Or join a local outdoors club (2) and go hiking, skiing or canoeing with them. If you’re a beginner, the Ottawa River Canoe Club offers a one-day course, Recreational Canoeing Basics; Paddlesport will also be offering lessons in 2013, as well as the Ottawa Canoe Camping Club.
You can also walk, hike or bike along any of these rivers: see the Rideau Trail Association, Ottawa Capital Pathway and the village of Wakefield, Quebec, which is on the banks of the Gatineau River about 30 minutes north of Ottawa.
Please leave no trace while walking, canoeing or camping. And if you’d like to help protect these great rivers, check out these local organizations: Ottawa Riverkeeper, Save the Gatineau, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Algonquin to Adirondacks and other local groups.
Looking for a job canoeing? Work is available as wilderness guides, summer camp instructors, guidebook authors and more. Search GoodWork for wilderness, outdoor, canoe, etc. Many jobs are found through word of mouth, so get involved with local outdoors groups, check the bulletin board at Mountain Equipment Co-op, contact Ottawa Outdoor Education Centres and other Outdoor Education Organizations in the area.