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Canoeing down the Ardèche – 32km

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🗺️ Map of the 32km canoe route

🤔 How does a 32km Ardèche descent work?

Start of activity

Once you have made your
online reservation
during which you will choose your departure date and time (departures between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m.) you will meet us directly at our pier in 📍VallonPont d’Arc. 🚗

Caution! Bear in mind that the 32km course requires 6h30 of paddling, so don’t forget to leave early!

You can park in our free, private, shaded parking lot. 🅿️🌳

Once you have been introduced to our on-site team, you will be given a watertight canister 55l for two, in which to store what you want to take on your descent 🥖🧴 (see our tips), you will be able to choose the boat configuration you prefer (canoe or kayak), you will then be equipped with life jackets and life jackets. you’ll attend a short briefing to explain the routeand a a reminder about canoeing and kayaking and basic handling.

No need to take the bus in the morning, the beach where your canoes are waiting for you is just 150m away!

You’ll embark directly on a day of challenge and adventure! 🚣


The canoe trip

A day of canoeing begins for you with the 32km descent of the historic Ardèche! 🏆

Start with a quiet part that will take you to the well-known Charlemagne rapid 🌊 before pass under the pont d’arc and then enter the the nature reserve 🌳 des gorges de l’Ardèche! Visit unspoiled nature and tranquil waves alternate with the best rapids 💦! And don’t forget the breathtaking panoramas (
see photos
) !

You’ll enjoy a descent of the Ardèche that’s much less crowded than the
for your greatest pleasure!

Bear in mind that the 32km route leaves you very little opportunity to take breaks on the beaches you’ll come across along the Ardèche.
If you want a little more swimming time in your day, opt for the 24km descent.

Take a picnic break 🥪 at the cathedral rock 🏞️ and take a dip in a dreamy spot (
see map
) before continuing on to the landing stage at 📍
where our teams will be waiting for you between 4:00 and 5:00 pm for the return trip.

The final 3km stretch will put your arms to the test 💪 after nearly 30km of paddling already!

Arrival and return

Once you’ve arrived and introduced yourself to our on-site team 📝 all you have to do is return the canoes and paddles to us.

You will then be guided to the bus(air-conditioned 🐧) that will take you back to our premises 🚌 where you left your vehicles!

Allow around 50 minutes for 🛣️ return journey.

Once the rest of the equipment has been returned(cans, vests, etc.), you will be offered a free syrup 🥤(well deserved) and the chance to have a cold drink!

This is already the end of your Ardèche adventure with us 😭… until next time!!! 😃

Mandatory conditions for all canoe trips on the Ardèche :

Over 7 years old
Be able to swim at least 25m
Be comfortable in the water

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Discover other descents of the Ardèche in canoe / kayak

Mini course
du Pont d’arc

The Maxi mini
Slides and arch bridge

The nature reserve
gorges de l’Ardèche

2 days, 32km
The descent
with the bivouac