Canoeing on the Leie River

Canoeing on the Leie between Astene and Ghent means looking inside the most impressive villas and country houses of Flanders. But it’s not just bon chic bon genre. The Leie is particularly picturesque and it is not surprising that its valley was the source of inspiration for many painters of the Latem School. Permeke, De Smet and Minne, they all used to live here.

The Leie is also an ideal river to practice your paddling skills. You are rarely alone on the water and motor boats and yachts come and go. Keeping your canoe straight on the stern waves is a great exercise to hone your paddling skills.

Trip details

Region: Leiestreek
Trip type: Day trip
Length: 20 km
Group size: 8 maximum
Confirmed: When 2 participants book
For all paddlers with basic canoeing skills

By appointment from 2 participants // €85 pp


€ 85 per person

Trip dates

By appointment from 2 participants

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 Leie River is accessible for all paddlers with basic canoeing skills and a good level of fitness. You can expect up to 5 hours of paddling plus breaks.

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 Astene. You are expected at 10:00am. We will back at approximately 05:00pm. Cars will be parked safely.