Custom-made wooden canoes

Freeranger Canoe builds wooden canoes that combine traditional designs en materials with modern epoxy composite technology. Our durable wooden canoes are strong and light. They have excellent paddling properties. A wooden canoe is a heirloom to be passed down to your children and grandchildren. The elegant lines and the glow of the wood give them an exceptional, timeless beauty.

Handcrafted wooden paddles

In addition to our canoes we handshape a line of lightweight and strong laminated wooden paddles. They lift the canoeing experience to an even higher level. The traditional, time-tested design, and the warm silky feel of the wood are unmatched. Our selection of wooden paddles will appeal to the recreational paddler but also to those who require strong and reliable paddles for trekkings and longer trips.

Hands-on canoe building workshops

For canoeists who want to experience the joy of paddling an entirely self-built canoe we’re offering comprehensive canoe building workshops year round for individuals and groups. Our workshops are hands-on and require no special skills. Anyone can participate, young and old, woman or man. Although building a wooden canoe is a time-consuming enterprise, it is very rewarding. Nothing paddles better than your own hand made canoe!

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Greenland paddle workshop

Greenland paddle workshop

August 7 |9:00 am - 5:00 pm

During this 8 hour Greenland paddle workshop you will make make a traditional sea kayak paddle. Each participant will carve a paddle made to measure. The length of the paddle and the shaft and the width of the blade will be adapted to your size. We provide instruction, all the tools and the wood. You provide the elbow grease and go home with a new Greenland paddle! Class sizes are limited to 3 people due to space, tools and the attention…

canoe paddle workshop

Canoe paddle workshop

August 7 |9:00 am - 5:00 pm

In this canoe paddle workshop you will make your own canoe paddle out of a single board of ash. You will make a classic otter- or beavertail paddle. A discussion of the various types of paddles and how to size a paddle to an individual will take place saturday morning. The rest of the day will be spent paring the wood down with hand tools to make a fine canoe paddle. It should be noted that you may not have time…

Canoeing courses in Belgium

Tandem canoeing beginners

August 8 |10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This tandem canoeing beginners course is designed for the canoeist who is starting to get to grips with basic paddling techniques and is able to execute them correctly. We’ll help you to further develop your ability and knowledge and expand it with new techniques. You have already had some experience on open water in a canoe and would now like to progress further. We offer coaching that is tailored to your individual needs to allow you to refine and develop your…

Canoeing on the Dender River

Solo canoeing beginners

August 8 |10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Learning to paddle a canoe solo is a liberating experience. This solo canoeing beginners course will teach you the fundamentals of paddling a canoe solo. Learn paddle techniques, adaptations to equipment, safety, environmental challenges and how to control your canoe all alone. Become a skilled paddler and pirouette your solo canoe around any obstacle. Flatwater practice hones the paddle skills which are essential for performing complex maneuvers in rapids. Indeed, to confidently paddle whitewater you must first master flatwater!

Freeranger canoe guided canoe trips in the weerribben-wieden

Canoe camping in the Weerribben-Wieden

August 14 |8:00 am - August 17 |5:00 pm

For multi-day canoe camping trips in Europe you have to go to Sweden. At least that is the widely held opinion. Well, for those who don’t want to drive endless kilometers, there is good news. The largest peat bog area in northwestern Europe is located barely 300 kilometers from Brussels. The Weerribben-Wieden National Park is a true canoe paradise. Go canoe camping in the Weerribben-Wieden with us and fall in love with this amazing area. The area is a gigantic cultural…

Canoe camping in the weerribben-wieden

Advanced solo canoeing course

August 21 |10:00 am - August 22 |4:00 pm

This advanced solo canoeing course takes solo paddling to the next level by introducing precise manoeuvreing and linking moves together smoothly and efficiently. Solo canoeing is a great way to develop your canoeing skills because it allows you to see an immediate cause and effect of your actions clearly. You end up with a versatile package of flatwater solo skills that allows you to paddle a canoe comfortably, efficiently, with grace and confidence in all conditions. You’re a solo paddler…

The North Woods paddle

Advanced tandem canoeing

August 21 |10:00 am - August 22 |4:00 pm

This advanced tandem canoeing course will provide you with plenty of experience to paddle open water and rivers. We will focus on tandem paddling technique as well as the additional skills unique to the open canoe. These include, packing, trim, standing-up while paddling, paddling in windy conditions and handling waves. All this should leave you more independent in your paddling and with skills to canoe open water and rivers. Building on existing skills the aim is to develop tandem techniques…

Laminated canoe paddle

Laminated canoe paddle workshop

August 28 |9:00 am - 5:00 pm

In this paddle workshop you will make your own canoe paddle from a variety of laminated woods for a traditional beavertail or ottertail blade. Pre-laminated shafts will be supplied for you to glue up the blades and grips to. A discussion of the various types of paddles and how to size a paddle to an individual will take place before we glue up your individual paddle. The rest of the day will be spent paring the wood down with hand…

Canoe building course - Stitch and glue - Group

Canoe building course – Stitch and glue – Group

September 1 |6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Learn to build your own stitch and glue canoe at Freeranger Canoe. Courses run on 10 successive Wednesday evenings from September to November. Work starts at 18:30 hrs and ends at 22:00 hrs. In total we will be working for about 35 hours. A maximum of 4 participants is accepted. The workshop fee does not cover the acquisition of the canoe. After completion of the workshop the built canoe can be purchased at € 1440. That is with a 10%…

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From the blog: paddling the Weerribben-Wieden National Park

For multi-day canoe trekkings in Europe you have to go to Sweden. At least that is the widely held opinion. Well, for those who don’t want to drive endless kilometers, there is good news. The largest peat bog area in northwestern Europe is located barely 300 kilometers from Brussels. The Weerribben-Wieden National Park is a true canoe paradise every paddler will fall in love with. During these corona times we went canoeing in the Weerribben-Wieden and we don’t regret it.