Canoeing holidays are great fun!

Canoeing holidays

A canoeing holiday is relaxing, fun, and easy to get the hang of. You don't need any experience, and the flow of the river does much of the work of propelling you along. We've chosen pretty stretches of river with pleasant riverside hotels along their banks, and mini-rapids and gorges providing excitement without actual danger.

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Canoeing holidays

Fun, easy to learn

Exploring France's rivers on a canoeing holiday, you really are in a different, secret world, with just the occasional fisherman to wave cheerily as you glide by. There's no easier way to discover unspoiled France.

Before you set off, our staff show you how to handle your boat. The canoes are light (around 30kg) and stable enough to carry up to three adults (or 2 adults and 1 child) Our sit-on top kayaks are lighter and easy to paddle and there open top design means they are very safe to use - great fun for the over 12’s.


Gentle canoeing holidays in France

We use top-quality equipment, and the canoeing lessons we give are thorough. We are proud not to have had a single serious mishap since we started canoeing holidays over 20 years ago. We supply waterproof containers for stowing picnic things etc, a buoyancy aid and helmet for each member of the party.

If there are any days when the river is unsuitable for canoeing, we'll fix you up with bikes, lifts, or whatever to ensure you enjoy your holiday till you get back on the river. Please note that all members of your party must be able to swim at least 50m clothed. Younger children can go on the centre seat of our canoes. Older ones usually want kayaks.

New for 2015!

In addition to our Venture Canoes and Perception sit-on-top kayaks, we and have 2 new additions to the fleet; Perception, double, sit-on top kayaks. You may get splashed a bit more paddling these than the canoes, but they are super safe to use, very easy to paddle and teenagers especially will love them. We are trialling 2 this year so please specify at the time of booking to check if they are available. We don’t intend to replace all our canoes with double kayaks, as many of our loyal customers do enjoy the traditional canoe experience on the Dordogne.

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