Canoe Wild
Water SportsNature & Wildlife ToursSelf-Guided Tours & RentalsStand Up PaddleboardingKayaking & Canoeing
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Canoe, Kayak and Paddleboard Hire, Courses, Taster Sessions, Guided Tours and more on the River Stour in Canterbury Kent, UK. Last Hour Hire at 16:30, last Half Day Hire at 15:30.
Canterbury, Kent, England

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Departure55778217949
Dorridge, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I took 3 of my grandchildren for their first time. The receptionist was excellent and put them at ease. The kids really enjoyed the experience which was down to the helpful staff. She even took great photos of us. Martin Elliot
Written 15 April 2024
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S21G
127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
What a great team,so helpful, accomodating and friendly. The venue is idealic, serene & perfect for any occasion. So highly recommended.
Written 10 September 2023
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Sounds like you have had a lovely time, we hope to see you again soon!
Written 17 September 2023
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Chris S
Romford, UK199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We had a fantastic time. Great information from website and emails. Easy to find. Staff were very friendly. Really pleased. Lovely day!
Written 26 August 2023
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Thank you for your lovely review, it's great to hear that you enjoyed your paddle with us and found the whole experience a breeze! Hopefully we will see you out on the water again soon!
Written 1 September 2023
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Jake L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We had a great time paddleboarding at Canoe Wild. The water is nice and calm which makes life easy. Lovely setting as well. The staff were friendly and helpful.
Written 25 August 2023
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Thank you for your lovely review, it's great to hear that you enjoyed your time paddle boarding with us and found the staff to be friendly and helpful! Hopefully we will see you out on the water again soon!
Written 1 September 2023
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rebecca w
54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Went from Grove Ferry for an hours paddle boarding. Wasn’t as friendly as the Fordwich site but they were alot busier. There was noone there when my son and I came back so we had to land ourselves and get ourselves sorted.
The water is not clear here like it is in Fordwich and you have to watch out for the people fishing. All in all it was a pleasant experience.
Written 21 August 2023
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Hi Rebecca, Thank you for leaving a review with us, it's lovely to hear that you had a pleasant experience when you came along for a paddle with us. In regards to the differences between our Fordwich and Grove Ferry sites, one of the most noticeable differences is that our Fordwich site is a private site which is for the use of just our customers, whereas our Grove Ferry site is situated within a public picnic park. This means that, as we are able to monitor numbers better at Fordwich, it is often quieter at our Fordwich site in comparison to the public picnic park at Grove Ferry. Secondly, the river at Grove Ferry has a clay bed, meaning that there is sediment in the water which makes it opaque, whereas at Fordwich the river is towards the end of the tidal stream and has a chalk bed which doesn't leave sediment in the water meaning that the water there is transparent. Finally, we aim to help all of our customers off the water where we can, and we urge customers to wave their paddles to signal they are at the jetty if our staff members are not already there. I apologies for the fact that you felt no one was around to help you, but by the sounds of things you were able to master getting off the water by yourself which is a great skill to learn! We hope to see you on the water again soon!
Written 1 September 2023
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creativestartravel
London, UK1,681 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Thank you Elaine and Kate for a wonderful sunset session.

Recommend the sunset tour from Fordwich to Grove Ferry, the river is nice and quiet making wildlife spotting a lot easier. We saw one beaver too which was a lovely moment and highlight of the trip. I would definitely go again.
Written 21 August 2023
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Sounds like you have had an amazing time, the sunset tours are definitely a very beautiful paddle. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 21 August 2023
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Peter N
Sheffield, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Great day out, learned lots. Chelsea was very professional and very patient.
Would highly recommend.
Written 14 August 2023
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Sounds like you had a great time, thank you for visiting Canoe Wild. We will make sure your praise is passed on to Chelsea as well. Hope to see you again soon!
Written 21 August 2023
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LSC
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Would highly recommend.
Staff were very helpful and professional from start to finish.
Easy online booking system.
Stunning scenery.
Being dog friendly is a huge bonus.
Written 13 August 2023
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Thank you for visiting us at Canoe Wild. We are glad to hear you have had a lovely time. Hope to see you again soon!
Written 21 August 2023
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Nicola Janes
Canterbury, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
The most amazing experience! I’ve wanted to try paddle boarding for ages and the team at Canoe Wild were fantastic. Our tutor was friendly and patient, he was really attentive with our small group of five. We were taught the basics and off we went down the river. The views are beautiful and we saw so many fish, cute Moorhens and stunning dragonflies. Everyone along the river was so friendly, it felt like you were part of the river community. I did fall in but the water, though cold, was so refreshing! I wouldn’t have minded falling in again but didn’t🤣 The tutor was there to give tips all along the way. I am hooked and will be booking the longer trip very soon. I think I have finally found my ‘thing’. Do it, you won’t regret it. If you love nature and trying something really really cool, this is for you. I have dodgy knees but I was fine! You can sit, kneel or stand so I really think anyone can have a go. Thank you Canoe Wild for a wonderful morning.
Written 12 August 2023
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Sounds like you have had an awesome time, thank you for visiting us at Canoe Wild. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 21 August 2023
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Holly R
London, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
My partner and I went here for my birthday and it was a great experience from start to finish. Facilities are great, staff are lovely and well trained and the whole experience was really peaceful and relaxing. My only tip would be to leave more time to come back as you go against the current and it's pretty tough ha! Great time, will come again
Written 31 July 2023
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Sounds like you have had an amazing time, thank you for visiting. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 9 August 2023
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