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Canoeing on the Marais Poitevin
Canoe hire Vendee

Canoeing in the Vendée

If you have your own canoe or kayak then you will be spoilt for choice as to where to go, as the Vendée has more waterways than virtually any other Department in France and of course 160 kilometres of coastline. It is an ideal way to see the landscapes of the Vendée whether you choose the marshes of the Marais Poitevin. Marais Breton or Marais Olonne, the rivers  Lay, Vie, Yon, Sèvre Noirtaise, Sèvre Nantaise or Vendée, or indeed the many lakes throughout the region. Taking to the water allows you to go where no one else can, you can discover the quiet unspoilt canals of the marais or the gently flowing rivers in a calm and gentle way.

If you want to hire a canoe or kayak there are many outlets throughout the Vendée and we have listed most, but possibly not all.

Marais Breton.   Sallertaine. 49 rue de Verdun.
                        P.I.N.T.A. La Route du Sel  Tel 02 51 93 03 40
                        Next to the bridge and also a shop in the village.

Challans P.I.N.T.A. 21, rue Gambetta. Tel. 02 51 49 22 17.

Bois-de-Cene. P.I.N.T.A.  La Cour   Tel 02 51 49 22 17.

Le Perrier. Promenade en Yoles  06 86 06 01 52

Marais Poitevin.  Including the River Sèvre-Niotaise.

                          Damvix. There are three companies that hire canoes for trips
                          around the nearby canals.
                          Les Conches.  Tel. 02 51 87 12 01
                          Aria Loisirs      Tel. 02 51 87 14 00
                          Rocher           Tel. 02 51 87 18 18.

                          La Gue de Valluire: le Guetreen,7, rue place de la Riviere Tel. 02 51 52 53 87.
                          8€1h 12€ 2hours.
Longville-sur-Mer.   Maison des Marais, La Pepiere, route d'Angles.
                                                     Tel.02 51 90 36 63. &  06 86 61 14 18

                          Maille             Tel 02 51 87 07 52

                          Maillezais. Arie Loirsirs Grand port. Tel 02 51 87 14 00

                          Coulon (deux Sèvres)There are several points of location with in the village

two points of location in the village.

Marais Olonne:

  L'Ile d'Olonne.  Base Canoes de l'Auzance. Rue du Courroux.
                                             Tel. 06 62 41 95 90. April to September.

Olonne.           Base de Canos les Loirs. Tel. 02 51 90 75 45.

Les sables d'Olonne. Base de Canoes les Salines, 120 route de l'Aubraie.
                                                    Tel. 02 51 21 01 19.

River Sèvre-Nantaise
Cugand. Near Clisson. Le Moulin Plessard,  Tel. 02 40 54 39 59
St.Malo Du Bois. Base recreation Poupet canoes can be hired from 5€/hour. 
                          They also do half and whole trips where you are taken to the furthest point,
                          excellent value.
Mortagne-sur-sevre. Le Gazeau.

River VendèeFontenay-le-Comte. Canoe-Kayak C.K.F. Route Orbie, Base Pilorge.
                      Tel.06 11 04 64 06.  July August. By the bridge, organised by local canoeing club.

Mervent Forest. Base Nautique, Mervent available all year round to
                     discover the Rivers Mere and Vendée.
                                             Le Chene Todd. The adventure centre organises canoe a kayak
                     trips in various places including sea kayaking. Tel. 02 51 00 20 63

Xanton-Chassenon. Just south of Fontenay-le-Comte at the swimming pool lake.

River Lay.            Mareuil-sur-lay. Just under the bridge in the main street.
                          DIRIAM Location - 1 place circulaire - 85320 Mareuil-sur-Lay-Dissais

River Vie.              Apremont. Available on the lake and the river.

River Boulogne.      La Base Nautique de la Boulogne. 6 rue de la Malcoute, Rocheserviere
                          Tel.  02 51 31 03 84

River Yon              Le Tablier, Base de la Combe Te. 02  51 46 72 19.
                            15 kms south of La Roche-sur-Yon.

Lac du Jaunay.  Cano Evasion, La Servantiere. Tel. 06 67 09 80 62. Canoes & pedalos
River Jaunay. Base Cano Evasion. Chemin de la Justice. La Chaize Giraud. Tel 06 67 09 80 62.

Bretignoles-sur-Mer: Plage de la Normandeliere. Tel 02 51 20 81 45. Sea Kayaks and waveskis.

Longville-sur-Mer.   Maison des Marais, route d'Angles. Tel.02 51 90 36 63.

Notre Dame de Monts.  There are location here near the Kulmimo water tower and also from

Les Sables d'Olonne: Canoe Kayak Cote de Lumiere, 1 Promenade Kennedy. Tel.02 51 95 15 66.

St.Gilles Croix de Vie; Canoe du Marais. rue Tressanges Givrand. Tel.02 51 54 46 81 .

St.Jean de Monts.  Sea Kayaking; Hire and Lessons,  Avenue de l'estacade  Tel. : +33 (0)2 51 58 00 75

St.Vincent Jard. Le Goulet Canoe.Plage du Goulet. Tel.06 88 78 28 23.

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