Anyone can buy a canoe, head to a body of water and paddle away to their heart’s content, soaking in the scenery, enjoying the peace, and perhaps challenging themselves in the process. That is the beauty of canoeing. Amateur and serious canoeists alike are always on the lookout for the perfect canoeing destination. Be it some tranquil, crystal clear waters to paddle on, or some challenging whitewater rapids that are not for the faint-hearted. Marathon-canoeing has scoured the globe for some of the best canoeing destinations and you can find some of them in the text below.
Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Minnesota
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area can be found on the border of northeastern Minnesota and the southwest border of of northwestern Ontario. Many canoeists refer to this location as the canoe Mecca of North America. Boundary Waters Canoe Area consists of thousands of woodlands, rivers, marshes and lakes and is the home to a diverse variety of wildlife. If you like to canoe in a picturesue, natural setting, Boundary Waters Canoe Area is where you need to travel.
The Amazon, South America
No list of canoeing destinations would be complete without mentioning The Amazon, the largest river in the world in terms of total discharge. The Amazon River passes through Brazil, Colombia and Peru and is a staggering 4,345 mile (6,992) kilometres in length and it has it all when it comes to canoeing. Sections of the Amazon are tranquil while others require extreme skill to navigate. Although there is so much wildlife on the banks of the Amazon, you may actually struggle to see it because of the vast Amazonian rainforest and jungle. You need to exercise extreme caution in some sections of the Amazon due to it being home to alligators, crocodiles and even piranhas! Don’t fall into the waters when in the territory of these beasts!
Okavango Delta, Botswana
The largest inland delta in the world, the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Africa is the place to go if you are looking for an experience of a lifetime and want to experience an African safari. Most deltas lead to the open sea. The Okavango River is not like this because it actually opens into open lands and floods the savannah. It’s uniqueness makes it the perfect spot for wild animals to flock to in their search for water so it is often the home to white and black rhinos and hippos. This probably explains why UNESCO made the Okavango Delta a World Heritage site.This is definitely a place to put on your bucket list if you are a avid canoeist.
Vava’u Islands, Tonga
It may be at the other side of the world but the Vava’u Islands are the perfect destination for you and your canoe. The South Pacific Waters are warm and welcoming, plus they are crystal clear like you are paddling on some form of liquid glass. The more adventurous canoeists among you will be able to discover hidden marine caves and sandy beaches, all while keeping an eye out for whales and dolphins swimming in their natural habitat.