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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Canoeing Courses

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Laminated canoe paddle

Laminated canoe paddle workshop

January 22, 2022 |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…

Emiel & thomas canoeing on the Nete River

Day trip on the Nete River

January 23, 2022 |10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Enjoy the true character of the Kempen Region on one of Flanders most enjoyable little creeks. This 18 km long day trip leads you through a quiet agricultural landscape from Retie to Lichtaart. Canoeing on the Nete River is accessible to all paddlers with a basic knowledge of paddling technique and is a good start for your first canoe trip. The paddling is not strenuous, navigation is easy and this experience can be enjoyed by beginner and expert paddlers alike.…

Introduction to canoeing

February 13, 2022 |10:00 am - 4:00 pm

There’s nothing better than being able to paddle a canoe but what’s so special about it? We invite you to find out with this introduction to canoeing course. Whether you’re starting a new outdoor activity, hobby, or needing to refresh your paddling skills from the years past, this course has been designed to satisfy all. We focus on the basic functional skills needed to get you safely started and continue your skill development.

Guided Canoe trips on the Dommel

Day trip on the Dommel River

February 20, 2022 |10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Canoeing on the Dommel is always a treat. The winding river meanders between Neerpelt and Valkenswaard through forests and meadows. You pass through two nature reserves, Hageven and Malpie and you have to be very unlucky not to spot Kingfishers. Especially during the first part of the trip, they find a home in the elevated river banks. Further on you will come across the infrastructure work of beavers who have been living here for several years now. The Dommel is…

Canoe trekking on the Meuse river

Solo canoeing beginners

March 13, 2022 |8:00 am - 5:00 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!

The North Woods paddle

Tandem canoeing beginners

March 13, 2022 |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…

Canoe paddle workshop

Canoe paddle workshop

March 19, 2022 |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 on the ourthe

Day trip on the Ourthe

March 20, 2022 |10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The pleasure of paddling an exciting river, without the need for difficult technical skills! That’s canoeing on the Ourthe. The river offers a real immersion in nature while the current keeps a lively character. In spring, ice jams and fallen trees may block part of the river, making the descent more adventurous. Canoeing on the Ourthe offers all canoeists exhilarating sensations without great risk. Difficulty WW I / I +. The Ourthe consists of a set of relatively easy and…

canoeing in the Weerribben-Wieden

Advanced solo canoeing

April 9, 2022 |10:00 am - April 10, 2022 |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…

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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.