• All weather activity: Yes
  • Can accommodate multiple groups per session: Yes
  • Great for a team challenge: Yes
  • Great for a personal challenge: Yes
  • Involves water: Yes

Open Canoeing is a classic activity everyone can enjoy!

One of the National Trust's top 50 things to do before you're eleven and three quarters!
Canoeing is one of the most popular activities we run. It's easy to see why as you take your canoe on an adventure along the River Soar right next to the centre. Canoe sessions can include a variety of different elements including: challenges, learning new skills, racing games, ball games, raft games, journeying, balance skills, or for the more adventurous you can have a go at getting wet and even a capsize. The choice is yours.

In an open canoe you can either sit or kneel. Open canoe paddles have one blade and you paddle on one side of the boat, unlike a kayak paddle that has a blade at each end so you can alternate. 

We have a large fleet of open canoes that are ideal for groups of people who want to have fun and learn how to handle a versatile and steady boat. Bigger than a kayak and allowing up to 3 people in a boat, team work is essential. 

Book onto an Adventure Club session, bring a group of friends or colleagues or check out our courses to learn more!

Canoeing is great for developing communication in pairs or threes, as well as within a larger team.

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre were the British Canoeing ‘Centre of the Year’ 2013 & 2015

The Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre is located on the bank of the River Soar in Leicestershire. We run British Canoeing courses here in the East Midlands, from introduction to paddling through to intermediate skills, and also coaching and leadership courses.

For our most recent price list for schools, youth groups and community organisations, please click here

Private parties and corporate visits. Prices listed are for 10 people

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