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Family Holidays

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.

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 at cheerily as you glide by. There's no easier way to discover unspoilt France.

Before you set off, our staff will 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 their open-top design means they are very safe to use - great fun for the over-12s.


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 more than 20 years ago. We supply waterproof containers for stowing picnic items, 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.

Our fleet

In addition to our traditional canoe sit-in canoes, we have a choice of Venture Canoes and Perception sit-on-top kayaks, plus Perception double sit-on-top kayaks. You may get splashed a little more paddling these than the canoes, but they are super safe to use, very easy to paddle and teenagers especially will love them.

See our Canoeing on the Dordogne holiday