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              Company No. 08353871

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Green River Canoes loves the idea of families with children canoeing with us in the Belgium Ardennes and to the Perigord, Lot, Ardeche and Tarn regions in the south of France.


We are happy to schedule tours to coincide with the school holidays, including the breaks around Easter and Whitsun, the long summer holidays and the half-term holiday in the Autumn term (usually towards the end of October).


The tours operate on the same schedule as our other tours to the region except that we will make special efforts to ensure that the focus is on the wants of the children especially when it comes to the amount of time spent canoeing, the activities we pursue away from the river and making sure the children are fed and watered at suitable times. This is not to say that the adults will not also have a great time.


We offer a discount to children under 12 years of age of 25% for the first child and 50% for subsequent children. For young adults under 18 the discount is 15% for the first and 25% for others.


If you are a family or group of 4 or more then we would be happy to schedule tours during the Easter, Summer or Autumn breaks at times which suit you best.

On all the tours we will endeavour to engage the children not only in learning how to canoe, but also to assist them in attaining a certain level of water-craft and to become involved in the natural history surrounding us in and around the rivers.


We will also encourage the children to become engaged in the history of the region we visit in particular where we can visit castles and other historical sites. Of course we realise that this is a holiday too so we will try to avoid a too heavy-handed approach and take our lead from both the parents and the children about how we spend our time.


We will also encourage the children to learn something of the local culture where we are; this will involve the local cuisine obviously but also the observation and joining in of local events. We often come across Fêtes and Fairs and Festivals during the summer months.


We will usually canoe in tandem with one adult and one child per canoe, and if the paddlers become sufficiently proficient during the week then we may allow two children to paddle together. Closely watched, of course.


Children must be 5 years of age and be able to swim 25 metres. Life-jackets are worn by everyone when on the water.


Children older than 11 may canoe together after we have observed how competent they are.


The rivers on these tours (except for the Ardeche Trip) have no white-water or rapids although the rivers can flow quickly in places. On our first few days canoe instruction will be given and everyday we will go over the safety drill before starting the paddle for the day.


For the Ardeche tour we would suggest that the youngest child should be 10 years old at least.

Three brothers taking a break on the Lesse river Approaching the Chateau Walzin. "Don't stand up in the boat!"


Family Tours

"many thanks for your patience with the kids, they are already thinking about next year!"

Swimming in the Ceze river We're staying in a castle? Ready to take on the Ardeche Gorge Diving & swimming in the Chassezac river Success! Completing the descent of the Ardeche river Cooling off in the Ceze Meeting a donkey on the R.L. Stevenson Trail naturally On a hike, with home-made bow, above the Semois river Time for a break on the river Paddling on the Semois

"our boys had a fabulous time with you and have not stopped talking about it"