Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question? Then check out the FAQ + answers below first. If your question is not answered, feel free to call or email us!
The canoe trip starts in the village ‘Itteren’ next to Maastricht. In the street ‘Op de Meer’ take the second left up the dike Attention! No parking here!
Park here at our parking lot on the corner of Pasestraat/Op de Meer (Itteren/Maastricht) Please do not park in the adjacent streets!
From here it is a 2 min walk to the starting point of the canoe trip.
The end point of the canoe trip is in the village of Meers about 50 meters away from Cafe “De Witte Börstel”, Koevaart 15 Meers (Elsloo)
This is also the starting point of the bike tour
The bike tour starts at the parking lot behind Cafe “de Witte Borstel”, Koevaart 15 Meers (Elsloo). Here you can also park your car.
This is also the end point of the canoe trip.
If you start canoeing you can park at our parking lot on the corner of Pasestraat/Op de Meer (Itteren/Maastricht) Please do not park in the adjacent streets!
If you start with the bike tour, you can park at the parking lot behind Cafe “de Witte Borstel”, Koevaart 15 Meers (Elsloo) This is also the end point of the canoe tour.
Pay on the spot with cash and preferably the exact amount. We are on the border between the Netherlands and Belgium in a nature reserve. The mobile network here is often weak. Paying by card often creates a lot of hold-ups. See prices here.
Groups can pay via bank transfer in advance.
If you have not choose for the Canoe & Bike Combi, you can choose to use our taxi service. Attention! The taxi must be reserved in advance.
Of course, you can also choose to arrange your own transportation. If you are coming with several cars, you can also put one of the cars at the end point beforehand and then pick up the other car at the end of the tour. The ride takes about 20 minutes single ride.
- Reserve in advance.
- Bring your own waterproof bag or barrel to put your valuables such as phones, keys, wallet and clothes. You can also buy dry-bags and waterproof phone pouches from us on site.
- Dress according to the weather forecast.
- Wear clothes and sturdy shoes that can get wet.
- Put on your coolest cap or hat to protect yourself from the sun.
- On hot days, be sure to have plenty of water and something to eat on board.
- Apply sunscreen well.
- Chances are small that you will capsize with your boat, but it can happen. So make sure you have a set of dry clothes.
- Do not take expensive items or items of emotional value on the trip.
- Bring a bag you can put your trash in so you can bring it back with you afterwards.
- It is a relaxing trip with adventurous and sometimes exciting moments that is certainly suitable for children, provided there is sufficient guidance and supervision from adults. If there are children in the group, always stay together and make sure there is an adult in the first boat of the group and that the group is also closed by a canoe, kayak or raft with an adult/guide.
Yes! Wearing a life jacket is mandatory throughout the trip! Also, listen carefully to the instructions given to you before departure.
Yes you may. No problem! Just remember that you are paddling through a nature reserve with wild horses, Galloway cattle and a lot of other animals and birds.
The animals in the nature reserve must be able to make their way undisturbed. So keep your dog on a leash, especially while docking.
Attention! Never attach the dog’s leash to the boat. When the boat capsizes, the dog should be able to swim away.
Yes you may. There are plenty of beautiful places where you can moor for a picnic. Clean up everything neatly and take your rubbish back in the boat. Keep a sufficient distance from the animals!
That you enjoy, relax and have fun is perhaps the most important to us. You certainly don’t have to paddle like you are in a sport team. Yet there is an end time to it. The canoe trip takes about +- 2.5 hours. This depends on the water level and how hard you paddle. Be back at the end point about 3.5 hours after departure. Ask the instructor for possibilities, often a lot is possible but then we can take that into account.
The water level of The Meuse River is determined by rainfall. The level can drop in a short period of time, but also can rise very quickly. There are always risks during the trip. We cannot eliminate the risks, but we can minimize them.
- Listen carefully to the instructions!
- Keep your life jacket on.
- Take care of each other.
- Stay close to each other.
- Do not jump into the water unnecessarily.
- help each other when necessary, but always take care of your own safety first.
- Alcohol and drugs are prohibited.
- Provide enough adults in groups with minors. If the balance in this is not right, we will not let you participate in the canoe trip.
Water recreation with muscle-powered small boats (e.g. canoeing, kayaking and rafting) on the common Meuse between Lanaken/Borgharen and Kinrooi/Stevensweert is not easy. The common Meuse is a rain river, whose level can change very strongly and very quickly. Water flow rates also vary from place to place and according to (different) weather conditions. Any canoeist must therefore take into account the erratic nature of the common Meuse. Don’t be surprised. Sail safely and be prepared for unexpected situations.
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