The young history of canoe tourism

The canoe as such looks back on a long history, characterised by the living conditions of its inventors: Whereas the Inuit in Alaska and Greenland invented the double paddle kayak, the original inhabitants of America designed the Canadian canoe with a single blade paddle to cover long distances in inaccessible areas with a lot of luggage.

The history of commercial canoe tourism in our country only began in the eighties of the 20th century along with the individualisation of leisure activities and holidays. At that time, the Germans started to discover the beauties of their own country and rediscovered the diversity of the German holiday regions. Actively experiencing nature took on a completely new significance.

Today, canoe rentals are found on nearly every body of water with different offers for all target groups - individuals and families, school classes and company outings. Depending on the respective body of water, tour operators are specialised in canoe tours, lake kayaking or white water rafting.

So what do I go for? Canoe, Canadian canoe or kayak?

Canoe is the general term for all boats without fixed oars, including Canadian canoes and kayaks.

The Canadian canoe is particularly appropriate for water hiking with several persons and a lot of luggage. It comes with a single blade paddle and is open at the top.

The kayak is usually nearly completely closed with the exception of a small opening, and a double paddle is used. Many canoe tour operators offer double kayaks with larger openings, especially suitable for beginners.


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