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2hr Grand Union Canal Canoe tour

Greater London
canoe - Up to 14 people


We have adapted our sessions to adhere to social distancing guidelines and all equipment will be disinfected after each session.

Join us for a Canoe tour Starting in Paddington Basin.

The tour will start in Paddington Basin with some land based training and a short practice in the Basin where we will get used to manoeuvering the canoes before heading up through Little Venice towards the Grand Union canal.

This canoeing session is suitable for beginners and adults of all abilities and ages. The canoes are 2 or 3/4 seaters (3 adults or 4 if including children as the weight of 4 adults will make the canoe less stable). CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT IN THE CANOE - NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 11.


You are welcome to bring your own hot drinks and snacks (alcohol is allowed but please stick to one alcoholic drink per participant!) Hand gel will be provided on site but please bring your own if you would like to use in the canoe - for eating snacks etc.

You'll be sharing your instructor/s, but you'll be sure to meet some interesting people to add to the experience. The session will start with a safety briefing and some land-based training before heading out on the water for a guided tour. You'll be able to ask for technique advice and tips along the way. Don't be shy!

What to bring

Please where possible arrive 'ready to go' as under Cover-19 restrictions we are operating with restricted toilet/shower/changing facilities.

There is a pop up tent on site but it is shared.

PLEASE DRESS WARM! Windproof/Waterproof clothing is ideal! Avoid denim or cotton where possible (anything that can get heavy when wet and will not keep you warm). Thermals, fleeces/layers are great.

You are welcome to bring your own hot drinks and snacks (alcohol is allowed but please stick to one alcoholic drink per participant!) Hand gel will be provided on site but please bring your own if you would like to use in the canoe - for eating snacks etc.


You will need to shower / wash hands thoroughly after the session if you have fallen in or been splashed and need to ensure any open cuts are covered.

We will also need to know of any recent injuries prior to the session.


The session will start with some land-based training at our base in Paddington Basin, before getting onto water and piercing through the heart of London on the Grand Union Canal. We will pass through iconic London landmarks such as Little Venice. After stopping for a short break, we will return to base. You will have the opportunity to keep paddling during this break if preferred.

*How far we get depends upon the conditions on the day.


Free flexible rescheduling of sessions with 5 days notice

We understand circumstances change and you may wish to change the date/time of your session. We offer flexible rescheduling. Refunds minus admin/coaching fee will only be considered in unprecedented circumstances.

Flexible rescheduling:

  1. first reschedule is FREE if email request to reschedule is submitted 5 days before the session's start; every subsequent reschedule will be subject to £15 admin fee
  2. reschedule request submitted less than 5 days but more than 72hrs in advance will be subject to £15 admin fee
  3. reschedule request submitted more than 24hrs but less than 72hrs will be subject to 50% charge of the value of the session
  4. reschedule request submitted less than 24hrs is treated as 'cancelled on the day' and full charges apply; partial refunds or credit vouchers for parts of payment can be offered only in exceptional circumstances and depending on the session type

All requests to reschedule must be submitted by email to:


1. Cancellations by Active360 

We very rarely need to cancel or postpone sessions due to inclement weather, adverse river conditions or circumstances beyond our control e.g. unexpected river closures, red flag warnings etc. In such situations we will offer an alternative day/time at no extra charge accommodating your requirements as much as possible or a credit note for future booking if you are unable to make immediate alternative plans.  

Refunds will be considered in some circumstances but these are only made on individual basis.  

Weather conditions in the UK are changeable and we are used to operating in various conditions. When the conditions are not favourable we may contact you in advance to see whether you still wish to continue with your booking or you would rather postpone. 

We are not able to accommodate customers’ weather preferences and we have run some of our best and memorable sessions in challenging conditions e.g. rain and/or wind. 

Please share your concerns with us and we will be happy to discuss with you and make any reasonable adjustments to ensure you have an enjoyable experience.  

* All our business clients are advised to take out insurance against cancellation of event. Individual clients may wish to consider exploring this option. 

2. Changes to group sessions by Active360

Active360 reserves the right to reschedule timetabled group sessions due to low client demand (min. number of participants not reached) or instructor unavailability. Alternative dates will always be offered to customers at no extra charge. 

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Where we'll meet

We are located right by the Rolling Bridge on the north shore, on the canal-side of Waterside House, close to KuPP restaurant and GoBoat London.

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