Canoeing on the Dender River

The Dender used to be one of the most polluted rivers of Belgium but that has been reversed in recent years and now the water quality is back up to standard. It has improved favorably and it has turn back into a rich fishing water. On summer days you can see dozens of carp warming up just beyond the water surface. Nature, towns, villages and industry alternate. Mostly it’s very quiet on the water, but the towpath along the banks is eagerly used by cyclists and cycling tourists. Canoeing on the Dender is accessible to all paddlers.

While exploring the river by canoe, one of our skilled guides will introduce you to the art of canoe tripping. You’ll see beautiful scenery, perhaps view some wildlife and learn fundamental paddling, portaging and safety skills.

Trip details

Region: Denderstreek
Trip type: Day trip
Length: 18 km
Group size: 8 maximum
Confirmed: When 2 participants book
Difficulty: For all paddlers with basic canoeing skills

Sunday September 19, 2021 // €75 pp


€ 75 per person

Trip dates

Sunday September 19, 2021

The fine print

Minimum age to participate is 12 years with an adult or 18 years without. We reserve the right to cancel any program with less than 24 hours notice due to changing weather conditions such as strong winds or thunderstorms. Please check your email for cancellation notices before arriving. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but your safety and well-being is our top priority.

Canoe trip prerequisites

Canoeing on the Dender River is accessible for all paddlers with basic canoeing skills and a good level of fitness. You can expect up to 6 hours of paddling plus breaks. Level: Introduction to canoeing

What's included?

  • Paddle
  • Lifejacket
  • Canoe
  • Dry bag for your personal affairs

What to bring?

  • Water/sports drink
  • Active clothing you don’t mind getting wet
  • Secure footwear you don’t mind getting wet
  • Extra layers in case it cools off during the day
  • A change of clothes and shoes
  • Sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses with floater string
  • Snacks
  • Bagged lunch
  • A rain jacket/pants

Arrival and departure

We make a start in Gerardsbergen. You are expected at 10:00am. We will back at approximately 04:00pm thus giving you the time to get back home by nightfall. Cars will be parked safely.