The Big Canoe

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Things To Do Category: Watersports

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    Book a guided trip in one of these unique Big Open Canadian Canoes for a fantastic day out canoeing.

    This fun water-based activity is an ideal way to explore Poole Harbour, Brownsea and other islands on the Dorset coast, plus the canoe guides are fully qualified, with good knowledge of the local area and wildlife.

    The huge boats can take up to 12 crew, great for a day out with a group of friends or the family, for a group activity, corporate event, team building activity or hen/stag party.

    They offer exclusive canoe charter for a group of up to 12 paddlers with half day and full day charters available and tours can even include a picnic stop on the beach!

    The Big Canoe want to encourage more people to get out on the water and has been designed to be a great experience for a wide range of people. It is the perfect way to explore the countryside from the water, the trips are not too strenuous and the canoes are fairly easy to paddle meaning you don’t need to be particularly fit to enjoy this activity. Plus there is always the option to take rests as you go along!

    Operating from May to mid-September the tours leave Saturday and Sunday’s at 9.30am and 1.30pm and every day of the week during the summer holidays.

    The canoes are fully equipped and life jackets are provided. Toilet and refreshments are available at Sandbanks car park.

    Please note that the route taken will vary according to the weather, tidal conditions and the ability of the paddlers.

    Children must be at least 5 years old and no more than 4 children aged 12 years or under per Big Canoe.
    Each child aged 12 or under must be accompanied by a supervising adult and all youths (age over 12 and under 18yrs) must be accompanied by at least one responsible adult per Big Canoe.

    The registered office is:(Please note tours DO NOT operate from this address)

    The Big Canoe Office,
    New Forest Outdoor Centre,
    Minstead Manor Estate,
    Emery Down,
    Hants SO43 7GA

    Tel: 02380 284 401

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