Can you kayak on the Thames in London Ontario?
Paddling the Thames
With nearly 400 km of waterways navigable by canoe or kayak, the Thames River is a great paddling adventure through the heart of Ontario’s Southwest.
Can you kayak through London?
Can you go kayaking in London? Well, yes – of course you can! As long as there’s a kayak between you and a large expanse of liquid, then you’re good to go. As they say, where there’s water, there’s a way.
How long does it take to kayak the Thames?
Some groups can manage this in 6 days, however many people feel it’s better over 7 or 8 to make it more managable / relaxed. Days range from around 10 miles to 15/20 depending on how experienced or fit you are and the type of boat you are using.
Can you kayak in London canals?
As long as you hold a licence, you can paddle on any of the 2,200 miles of canals and rivers administered by the Canal & River Trust. An additional licence allows you to paddle on other rivers which are maintained by the Environment Agency, including the non-tidal Thames west of London.
Can I launch my kayak anywhere?
Kayaks, canoes and paddleboards do not need to use boat ramps. You can launch from just about anywhere there is permitted access. Keep your vehicle off ramps designed for trailer boats. Use cartop-only launch sites or other legal access, especially during the busy boating season or on weekends whenever you can.
Can you kayak in central London?
Yes you can canoe or kayak on the Thames or use any type of craft on the non-tidal River Thames between Cricklade Bridge and Teddington Lock, and the short section of the tidal River Thames between Teddington Lock and the Port of London Authority’s boundary, including backwaters and marinas.
Can anyone go on the Thames?
Although there is not a legal requirement for the person in charge of a recreational craft or ‘pleasure vessel’ to have a formal qualification, the tidal Thames is not for novice or inexperienced people.
Can I kayak on any river UK?
The sea surrounding the UK is free to Kayak except for a few off-limits areas as stipulated by the Ministry of Defence. This includes any estuaries and tidal rivers. Many rivers have tides that extend far inland so keep that in mind when researching your preferred paddling destination.
Do I need a river licence for a kayak?
It’s not just narrowboats that need a licence on our canals and rivers. All portable, unpowered craft such as canoes, kayaks, dinghies, rowing boats, paddleboards and even light inflatable craft do too.