Choosing the Right Canoeing Vacation
Canoeing Tour Operators
- Adventure Poland (http://www.adventurepoland.com)
- Canoe expeditions or self-guided tours on Poland’s best rivers and lakes.
- Wild Canoe Saimaa (Tel. +358 (0) 500 840 362, www.wildcanoe.com)
- River services in Finland.
- Wilderness Scotland (Tel. 0131 625 6635, www.wildernessscotland.com)
- Canoeing and walking trips in the lochs, rivers and mountains of the North-West Highlands.
- Frontonec Outfitters (Tel. Toll free Ontario 1800 250 3174, www.frontenac-outfitters.com)
- Excursions and leisure trips in Ontario that build your self-confidence, skills and knowledge to attempt future solo trips.
- Project Canoe (Tel. 416 410 0868, www.canoe.org)
- Organize a variety of wilderness trips for youth at risk (aged 13-17) around Toronto.
- Timberwolf Adventure Tours (Tel. 001 780 470 4966, www.timberwolftours.com)
- Guided adventure tours, hiking, canoeing, trekking, biking in Canada.
- Paddle Manitoba (Tel. 1 204 338 6722, www.paddle.mb.ca)
- Canoe and kayak trips in Manitoba.
- Canoe Trips in the Yukon (Tel. 867 668 551, www.yukon-wild.com)
- Guided canoe trips exploring the Yukon trails.
- Bear Track Outfitting Co. (Tel. 1 800 795 8068, www.bear-track.com)
- Outfit trips on the Boundary Water Canoe area.
- Alaska Sea Kayak Camping (Tel. 800 660 9637, www.alaskasummer.com)
- Local specialists in guided wilderness trips throughout Prince William Sound and Wrangell St. Elias Nation Park.
- NT Guided River Tours (Tel. + 61 8 8972 2224, www.geckocanoeing.com.au)
- Tranquil, intimate and safe eco-tours around Katherine Gorge and Daly River.
- Kangaroo Valley Safaris (Tel. + 61 2 44651502, www.kangaroovalleycanoes.com.au)
- Canoe and kayak hire, guided and self-guided excursions in the Kangaroo Valley.
- Adventure-X (tel. +44 (0) 870 766 9509, www.adventurex.co.uk)
- Guided tours in a handful of exciting locations such as Uganda, Morocco, Nepal and Austria.
Usually you’ll embark on a do-it-yourself once you have some experience and confidence on the river, or are a more free spirited traveler who wants an adventure without the company of guides. This may require having all your own gear and camping equipment and putting in a lot of pre-trip planning time. You can get a lot of information and advice off the Internet about routes and possible portage areas. But you will need extensive experience, skills and risk tolerance to feel comfortable going remote.
Alternatively use an operator that helps set up self-guided trips. This is a good way of getting remoteness while also providing some assurance against the risks involved. These operators spell out a route and trip length that match your skills, provide maps, the equipment and advice for doing it successfully. They will also notice if you don’t come back and take some action to find you!
If it’s your first do-it-yourself experience you may want to start on short trips on calm water. You should also look out for a canoe outfitter that provides everything you need from canoes, paddles and life jackets to a drop off / pick up service.