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.
We use top-quality equipment, and the canoeing lessons we provide 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 items etc, a life jacket and helmet for each member of the party.
In the unlikely event that the river is unsuitable for canoeing, we will fix you up with a bike, walking routes or offer other suggestions to ensure you continue to enjoy your holiday, until we can get you back on the water. 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 to the fleet
In addition to our Venture Canoes and Perception sit-on-top kayaks, we 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 check at the time of booking 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.