Wooden canoes

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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!

Wooden canoes

Wooden paddles

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Guided Canoe trips on the Dommel

Day trip on the Dommel River

March 14 |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…

Laminated canoe paddle

Laminated canoe paddle workshop

March 20 |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…

Workshop canoe building

Workshop canoe building – Wood strip – Group

April 3 |9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Learn to build your own wood strip canoe at Freeranger Canoe in this workshop canoe building. Courses run on 11 successive Saturdays from April to June. Work starts at 09:00 hrs and ends at 13:00 hrs. In total we will be working for about 50 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 with a 10% discount on…

Canoe building course – Stitch and glue – Group

Canoe building course – Stitch and glue – Group

April 7 |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 April to June. 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%…

Emiel & thomas canoeing on the Nete River

Day trip on the Nete River

April 11 |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.…

Canoe paddle workshop

Canoe paddle workshop

April 17 |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…

open canoe festival Drôme

Open Canoe Festival – Drôme

April 22 - April 25

The Open Canoe Festival is the biggest rendezvous dedicated to canoe lovers from Europe’s four corners. 600 participants each year and 12 countries. During 3 days, the charming village of Mirabel-et-Blacons (located between Lyon and Avignon, 30 Km from Valence and the Rhône Valley) becomes the European Canoe capital. The Festival is organized in a charming 4 star campsite located on the bank of the Drôme river. All the meals and parties are sheltered under a beautiful giant tipi giving…

kringelfieber

Kringelfieber

April 30 - May 2

Kringelfieber is the name of the annual meeting for all paddlers interested in American Freestyle and/or Canadian Style Paddling open canoes. It was initiated in 2006 by Silke Reitner and meanwhile has become the largest annual Freestyle canoe meeting of Europe. Initially just a small meeting of likeminded Style paddlers, the festival has now grown to a mature event attracting not only the adept but also many newcomers to Style Paddling. They search information about those uncommon paddling disciplines and…

Greenland paddle workshop

Greenland paddle workshop

May 22 |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…

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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.