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Your whitewater and canoeing activities

White water sports and activities are all the rage during the vacations. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or simply want to discover the countryside and natural aquatic environment from a boat,
everyone will experience more or less intense but always invigorating sensations, depending on their desires and level.
Seasonal boats are never far from a river, a body of water or even waterfalls, so summer vacations are the best time to discover and try out these nature sports, refreshing activities welcome.

Experiences in whitewater in a gite village

In the self-catering villages, your hosts will be able to tell you all about the various whitewater sports available nearby and the best spots to practice your favorite activity. They can also put you in touch with local professionals, guides and equipment rental companies, with whom they often have partnerships.

1. Canyoning in the Cévennes

Canyon rafting, an unusual visit to discover the secrets of Cevennes rivers and caves.
Wandering through its rivers and canyons you can admire the fauna, flora and rocks while practicing a whitewater sport that mixes aquatic hiking and climbing. An activity rich in emotions and thrills.
La Clé des Champs puts you in touch with Lionel, a Brevet d’Etat graduate in caving and canyoning who knows how to share his passions with holidaymakers.

? A passionate and reassuring guide

2. Canoeing in the Lot on the Célé

La Grange du Héron offers you the chance to discover the Célé a river that runs in the heart of the parc régional des Causses du Quercy.
A guide
will accompany you to help you discover the flora and fauna, as well as the troglodytic houses, mills and castles that can be seen as you canoe or kayak down the river.
Different formulas and itineraries are available, from family outings to sporting days, depending on your expectations.

? Real discoveries of the natural environment from a canoe.

Whitewater sports to try out on your vacation

The canoë and kayak are the best-known whitewater sports. These outdoor activities require no prior experience and are accessible to children from a very young age. However, a little training is recommended before you set off, so that you can master the basic gestures needed to fully appreciate your journey.
Canoeing and kayaking are undoubtedly the best way to discover the countryside at your own pace and from a different angle, a unobstructed view of gorges, monuments or villages overlooking the river.

For thrill-seekers, it’s an opportunity to discover more sporting activities. For several years now, various formulas have appeared:

  • Rafting:an inflatable boat that can carry up to 8 people
  • Hot dog: a form of two-seater inflatable canoe also known as a canoraft
  • Hydrospeed: a float that enables whitewater swimming
  • Canyoning:a whitewater sport halfway between hiking and climbing
  • Stand up paddle:a board on which the practitioner stands and paddles

And many more practices, enough to enjoy invigorating, emotionally rich experiences during your stay.