France is full of beautiful rivers, and canoeing down them offers exceptional views. Discover the most beautiful rivers where you can canoe. From the Loire to the South of France, let us guide you to the river that will amaze you. These 15 canoe and kayak rental companies are certified Quality by Canoe France. All these rivers are accessible to beginners.
#1 The Loire in canoe-kayak, in the heart of the Pays des Châteaux
Discover the natural and cultural heritage of the Loire Valley. These castles of course: Blois, Chaumont sur Loire, Ménars, the old port of Chambord at the foot of the church of Saint Dyé sur Loire.
But you can also observe the rich and preserved fauna and flora of the last wild river in Europe. In the calm and serenity of the river, you will spend a day in the middle of nature.
Loire Kayak welcomes you 5 minutes from Blois, ideally located on the banks of the Loire.
#2 Descent of the Vienne and its tributaries in a preserved natural setting
Do you know the Vienne and its tributaries the Anglin and the Gartempe? In a preserved natural setting, you can discover the richness of its fauna and flora and its historical heritage.
La Fourmy Canoe-Kayak is located on the banks of the Vienne river, 15 minutes from Poitiers and the Futuroscope.
#3 Go back in time by canoeing down the Vézère
The Vézère is born on the Plateau de Millevaches and joins the Dordogne at Limeuil.
In the meantime, it becomes the river of the 2000 World Kayak Championships in Corrèze and calms down in Périgord to better admire the valley of Man.
Calm but wild, its greenery and cliffs will charm you.
Come and contemplate the prestigious historical sites along the Vézère by canoe: La Roque St Christophe, Montognac Lascaux... Go back in time by going down the Vézère!
APA Aventure Plein Air is located in Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère (one of the most beautiful villages in France) in the middle of the most beautiful courses of the Vézère.
#4 The Dordogne, between Lot and Corrèze
For about 120 km, fromArgentat to Beynac, canoe or kayak down the beautiful Dordogne valley, rich in castles and picturesque villages.
The route passes through three of the most beautiful regions of France: Limousin, Midi-Pyrénées, and Aquitaine. The landscapes vary from the wooded hills of Corrèze to the limestone cliffs of the Lot where magnificent villages cling, before ending under the castles of the Dordogne, in Périgord.
It is this idyllic setting that Safaraid Dordogne offers you to discover, for half a day, a day, a weekend, or a whole week.
#5 The Aveyron Gorges in Canoe-Kayak
In Saint Antonin Noble Val, in the heart of the Aveyron gorges, one hour from Toulouse, enjoy the enchanting calm of a canoe trip on this river and discover its luminous landscapes.
#6 The gorges and the valley of the Allier for the wonderment
Rediscover the taste of adventure in a preserved natural setting. From the basalt organs of Prades to the remains of one of the first Cluniac abbeys, the priory and its surrounding tower in the heart of the Lavoûte-Chilhac peninsula, await you for a moment of wonder.
#7 Discover the Drôme from an unusual angle
Going down the Drôme river in a canoe or kayak is an adventure between lavender and cicadas.
From the peaks of the Vercors to the Rhone valley, the Drôme is a series of landscapes with striking contrasts, benefiting from both Alpine influences and the Provencal sun.
On board your canoe or kayak, you will go down the river under the discreet eye of the heron, leave your boat for a while and enjoy the pleasures of a swim
#8 The Chassezac, an ideal river for relaxation and "farniente".
Descending from the canyons of Lozère, this main tributary of the Ardèche winds through a vast valley before entering magnificent gorges to cross the limestone massif of the Bois de Païolive over 10 kilometres. It then flows through the plain before joining its illustrious neighbour the Ardèche.
#9 The Ardèche, canoeing for all levels in Vallon Pont d'Arc
The descent of the Gorges de l'Ardèche does not present any difficulties in summer.
Thrill-seekers prefer to come in the spring to take advantage of the faster currents.
Take the time to take a break from an adventure punctuated by water, nature and sunshine... Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation and a change of scenery by canoeing in the Ardèche Gorges. Discover a natural environment of great richness where fauna and flora have developed in perfect harmony.
#10 A gentle and wild hike on the Cèze
A tributary of the Rhône on the right bank, the Cèze, whose source is in the heart of the Cévennes, flows through Lozère and Gard, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
The Cèze is a relatively calm river, so it allows the greatest number of people to enjoy the pleasure of letting themselves be carried along by the current.
Go downstream at the rhythm of the waves, enjoy the many beaches and dance halls, and bathe in the gentle rhythm of a day in nature.
The Cap Canoë rental base is located in Saint Ambroix, a small town in the Cévennes, in the Gard department.
#11 The Canyon of the Tarn Gorges in canoe-kayak
In the heart of the Cevennes National Park and the deserted vastness of the Grands Causses, you will discover an oasis of greenery and freshness: the Canyon des Gorges du Tarn. The Tarn, a river with crystal clear waters, winds its way through a deep and spectacular limestone canyon with its most famous site: "les Détroits".
Discover it at your own pace by canoe or kayak.
#12 Between Pont-du-Gard and Secret Gorges of Gardon
The Gardon river, of a rare limpidity, quietly follows its course between two bluish cliffs from where the song of the cicadas escapes, incessantly. Here, the "natural" South offers a grandiose setting for your holidays. Relax on its shady beaches. Paradise cannot taste better...
Do you opt for the Gardon from Collias towards the Pont du Gard, a majestic Roman aqueduct, under which you glide silently in your canoe or kayak. Superb!
Or rather upstream from Collias, when the gorges become more secret, towards the Pont-Saint-Nicolas (12th century), passing through the Baume, a ghost village, where only a few ruins remain (mill, inn, chapel...) but where tenacious memories linger.
#13 The Sorgue, source of inspiration for poets
It is from the resurgence of Fontaine de Vaucluse that flows the famous Sorgue, with itsemerald-coloured water so clear and limpid. The Sorgue has been the source of inspiration for many poets for centuries, whether they were called Petrarch or René Char...
Come and discover this beautiful river with your family, a warm welcome awaits you.
#14 The Orb Valley
The Orb is the most playful of the Mediterranean rivers. The water level is ensured by regular releases from upstream dams.
Canoë Roquebrun is located in the medieval village of Roquebrun at the arrival of the courses.
#15 Ariège, escape in canoe-kayak in the Pyrenees
On the borders of Andorra and Spain, in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of the Ariegean Pyrenees, alternate rapids more or less strong, come to take time, observe the fauna and the flora of the Ariège river.
The Ariège Evasion rental base is located in Ornolac-Ussat-les-Bains, near Tarascon-sur-Ariège, 15 minutes from Foix.
You are still hesitating between several magnificent rivers? Let us guide you according to your taste for your next canoeing trip