• Essential Stats


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    On the Quebec side of the river, the Sewer Wave is a great play spot in the early spring for kayaker and surfers. A storm drain empties out into the abutting eddy, which is where it gets it’s stinky name.

    Kayaking the Sewer Wave

    The Sewer Wave is a forgiving breaking wave with eddy access on the river left. These waves are great for all types of wave moves like spins, blunts, and backstabs. If the water temperature is right it is a decent spot for beginners to learn. It is very comparable to Pushbutton on the upper Ottawa River but it is wider.

    The waves are best between 58.4 and 58.7 on the Britannia Gauge. As levels fall the waves further downstream become shallower and there is the potential of hitting rocks.

    Safety: This is a class II-III playspot. It is a close swim to shore, however, make sure that you are wearing the appropriate cold water gear in the spring. Gloves, pogies, warm headgear, a drytop or drysuit, and farmer johns are necessary for a swim here in the spring because the water is cold and hypothermia can set in quickly. Make sure you wear earplugs because rolling in the eddy where the storm drain effluent is released can cause an ear infection.

    How to get there: Cross the Champlain Bridge, take Boulevard Lucerne or Alexandre-Tache east until you get to Rue Begin. Make a right here and park at Parc Brebeuf. The Sewer wave is right behind the large statue.

    This video was filmed with the water levels at 58.6:

    Surfing the Sewer Wave

    The Sewer Wave on the Ottawa River is a fun wave when the river water is high. This spot has a perfect rope hook up for those who want to tow in. It is possible to paddle in at lower water levels but at higher a rope is necessary.

    Surfing is best when the water levels at Britannia are between  58.4m and 58.9m.

    Safety: It is a close swim to shore, however, make sure that you are wearing the appropriate cold water gear in the spring. Gloves, pogies, warm headgear, a drytop or drysuit, and farmer johns are necessary for a swim here in the spring because the water is cold and hypothermia can set in quickly. Also, be aware that the storm drain effluent can cause ear infections (or worse), so maybe wear som eearplugs.

    Also – it’s pretty shallow so watch out for rocks!

     

    Info from cityofottawawhitewater.blogspot.ca and RiverBreak.com.

  • Essential Stats


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    Paddling Type:
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    On the Quebec side of the river, the Sewer Wave is a great play spot in the early spring for kayaker and surfers. A storm drain empties out into the abutting eddy, which is where it gets it’s stinky name.

    Kayaking the Sewer Wave

    The Sewer Wave is a forgiving breaking wave with eddy access on the river left. These waves are great for all types of wave moves like spins, blunts, and backstabs. If the water temperature is right it is a decent spot for beginners to learn. It is very comparable to Pushbutton on the upper Ottawa River but it is wider.

    The waves are best between 58.4 and 58.7 on the Britannia Gauge. As levels fall the waves further downstream become shallower and there is the potential of hitting rocks.

    Safety: This is a class II-III playspot. It is a close swim to shore, however, make sure that you are wearing the appropriate cold water gear in the spring. Gloves, pogies, warm headgear, a drytop or drysuit, and farmer johns are necessary for a swim here in the spring because the water is cold and hypothermia can set in quickly. Make sure you wear earplugs because rolling in the eddy where the storm drain effluent is released can cause an ear infection.

    How to get there: Cross the Champlain Bridge, take Boulevard Lucerne or Alexandre-Tache east until you get to Rue Begin. Make a right here and park at Parc Brebeuf. The Sewer wave is right behind the large statue.

    This video was filmed with the water levels at 58.6:

    Surfing the Sewer Wave

    The Sewer Wave on the Ottawa River is a fun wave when the river water is high. This spot has a perfect rope hook up for those who want to tow in. It is possible to paddle in at lower water levels but at higher a rope is necessary.

    Surfing is best when the water levels at Britannia are between  58.4m and 58.9m.

    Safety: It is a close swim to shore, however, make sure that you are wearing the appropriate cold water gear in the spring. Gloves, pogies, warm headgear, a drytop or drysuit, and farmer johns are necessary for a swim here in the spring because the water is cold and hypothermia can set in quickly. Also, be aware that the storm drain effluent can cause ear infections (or worse), so maybe wear som eearplugs.

    Also – it’s pretty shallow so watch out for rocks!

     

    Info from cityofottawawhitewater.blogspot.ca and RiverBreak.com.