Your white water and canoeing activities

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Whitewater activities and sports are a real craze during the vacations. Lovers of strong sensations or simple desire to discover the landscapes and the natural aquatic environment from a boat. Everyone, depending on their desires and their level, will experience sensations that are more or less strong but always invigorating. The seasonal boats are never far from a river, a body of water or even waterfalls, so the summer vacations are the best time to discover and test these nature sports, refreshing activities welcome.

White water sports to try during your vacations

Canoeing and kayaking are the most well-known whitewater sports. These outdoor activities require no prior experience and are accessible for children from a young age. However, a little learning is recommended before departure in order to master the basic gestures to fully enjoy your journey.
Canoeing and kayaking are undoubtedly the best way to discover the landscapes at your own pace and from another angle, an unobstructed view of gorges, monuments or villages overlooking the river.

For thrill-seekers, it is an opportunity to discover more sporty activities. For several years different formulas have appeared:

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

And many other practices, enough to have invigorating, emotionally rich experiences during your stay.

Experiences of white water practices in a village of gites

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

Canyoning in the Cevennes

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

Canoeing on the Célé

La Grange du Héron offers you the opportunity to discover the Célé a river that flows in the heart of the parc régional des Causses du Quercy. A guide will accompany you to make you discover the fauna and flora as well as the troglodytic houses, mills and castles that can be seen during the descent along the water in canoe or kayak. Different formulas and routes are offered, from the family walk to the sporting day, depending on your expectations.