OWL Rafting on the Ottawa River Claimed


We are family owned and operated, beginning with our founders Hermann and Christa Kerckhoff in 1981. The Kerckhoff’s immigrated to Canada in the late 50’s and fell in love with the river, in 1972 they started the worlds first whitewater kayak and canoe school known as Madawaska Kanu Centre. Hermann and their daughter Claudia were the first kayakers to descend the Ottawa River, discovering a prime location for rafting. Now both companies are thriving thanks to their current owners Claudia and Dirk Van Wijk. The third generation are quickly becoming more involved as well with Stefani Van Wijk as Director of MKC and Katrina heads up the marketing and design.

We are proud to share our magical home of the river with you!

OWL Resort

Our waterfront resort is a beautiful space to spend the evening. Live music entertainment every busy Saturday night.

Pavillion: Lounge out by a fire or play one of our board games. *Bring your own alcohol

Sandy Beach: Enjoy our SUPs, Kayaks, Canoes, and our floating dock and cruise off the slide! *Unsupervised beach, use at your own risk

Beach Volleyball: We have two outdoor courts with professional nets and plenty of volleyballs to use.

Frisbee Golf Course: Play our 9-hole Frisbee Golf Course using our disks and score sheets.

Bicycle Pump Track: Enjoy the flow off the water on our bike pump track! Bring your own bikes.

Other great amenities:

  • Soccer Field
  • Horse Shoes
  • Life sized Jenga