A few details
If you have a group of twelve, great! If you are fewer than twelve, then you'll meet other delightful and adventurous people like yourself who are
curious about the River. During our normal Summer Operations, the white-water rapids you will raft are mostly considered Class 1 (easy) and Class 2
(moderate) although there may be some Class 3 (challenging) rapids depending upon water levels.
River Bug Raft, Helmet, Personal Flotation Device, Swim-fins, Webbed Gloves, One Safety Guide for Every Seven Rafters, Secure Storage for Personal Items.
E-bikes, Go-Pro and Wet-Suit rentals.
Must be a minimum of 4 ft in height and over 8 years old, able to swim and in good health.
Items to Bring:
photo identification, signed liability waiver and emergency contact information
- Please read our
Terms & Conditions
, which are required pre-trip reading. By booking with us, you agree to our terms and conditions.
Details of the ‘Fergus to Aboyne’ Whitewater RiverBug Adventure:
- Begin your adventure by meeting our Staff and fellow Rafters at Bissell Park in Elora where you will register and be fitted for equipment.
- After travelling to Confederation Park in Fergus by bicycle, you will receive both an on-land safety briefing and an on-water rafting orientation with our experienced guides.
- Once your rafting orientation is over, 1 whitewater Guide will accompany every 7 Adventurers on the tour which starts on the Grand River beside the historically significant Grist Mill located at the foot of 12-foot Scotland Street dam in Fergus.
- The River-Bug White-Water Adventure Ride then runs over 9 initial mini rapids in Fergus where you get to practise captaining your own one-man inflatable cata-raft.
- You then descend over five mini waterfalls in downtown Fergus or you may choose the option to portage around them.
- Once you have shot the Little Falls, you pass under a pedestrian bridge and navigate around the Templin Gardens.
- On the remainder of the trip - which consists of 33 sets of rapids - you pass under three bridges including a rails-to-trails bridge that is 100 feet tall, and float past 7 islands and a dozen modern cliffside homes.
- Your RiverBug Adventure Ride finally finishes at the Trestle Bridge in Aboyne near the Wellington County Museum and that is where your transportation back to the Bissell Park awaits.
Details of the ‘Elora Gorge’ Whitewater RiverBug Adventure:
- Begin your adventure by meeting our Staff and fellow Rafters at Hoffer Park in Elora where you will register and be fitted for equipment.
- After a short walk to Victoria Park and a 10 minute hike down into the Irvine Gorge there, you will pick up your whitewater RiverBug Rafts and make your way to Beaver Island found at the juncture of the Irvine and Grand Rivers.
- You will receive an on-land safety briefing and an on-water rafting orientation with our experienced guides next on the slow moving body of water found between Beaver Island and the iconic “Tooth-of-Time’ waterfalls nestled by the Elora Mill.
- Once your rafting orientation is over, 1 whitewater Rafting Guide will accompany every 7 Adventurers down 21 sets of rapids on the Grand River in the Elora Gorge choosing the best lines to follow and ensuring that you are always kept safe.
- When you reach the most challenging and fun set of Class 3 rapids called “The Devil’s Cauldron” in the Elora Gorge, you will be asked to beach your RiverBugs, scout the rapids with your Guide and decide whether or not you want to tackle these rapids. Should you wish to portage around the rapids instead - as many do - you can.
- Your RiverBug Adventure Ride finally finishes at the Low Bridge in the Elora Gorge Park and that is where your transportation back to the Hoffer Park awaits.