Tuesday, 05 July 2016 00:00

My very first rafting experience

and it was beyond anything I could have asked for!! We were lucky to have great weather and warm waters and I would put everything I have on our experienced guide, Matt. Strong, intuitive and innately humorous, he put us all at ease while making sure we were always safe working together in tandem.

The instructions starting out were communicated well and we were drilled with the basics to get an idea before we started out. What was special about ARO was the way they always had a safety spotter ahead of us and made sure being safe was paramount while still having a great time. All the guides were very approachable. We even had a small snack break (insanely yummy rolls, water and juice) mid way through the ride and free swim time in the river for those interested. At the end of the trip, we were treated to delicious food and came out with great pictures too!!

The whole trip was professional, neatly planned and clean. I would definitely suggest doing a trip with these guys (especially with Matt. He's awesome!) We will definitely be back!

Thank you guys, once again!

Sunday, 25 May 2014 00:00

Black River Riot

My husband and I were visiting the Thousand Islands for a quick getaway. I wanted to do something exciting and fun and this did not disappoint. Our guide Andrew was FANTASTIC so fun and engaging. I was the only female in the boat and he was attentive to that. He made regular checks to ensure everyone agreed before we attempted a challenging rapid. I was all about the YOLO so we did it all. Some of the other boats were having problems entering and staying within the hydralic's and even though they weren't his responsibility he jumped out and helped them have the experience. I seriously had the best time ever. All of the staff was friendly, funny and genuinely cared about us walking away with the best experience. At the end when the rapids stop you are attached to a motor boat and pulled through the river to Fish Island. That part was enjoyable as well. Most of the other companys make you get out and walk up a very drastic hill. I can't wait to go back and have my boys experience this as well. Thank you everyone for a lifetime memory!
Sunday, 25 May 2014 00:00


We had such a great time. I felt so safe as this was our first rafting trip. The staff are so friendly and professional. They know the river like a best friend. Cannot wait to go again!

This was only my second time rafting, so I was a little nervous. The crew at ARO are professional and knowledgable. Our guide,Rick, was great, telling funny stories and provide some local history about the river and the general area. You will not be dissappointed. We are planning on going back in the spring.