A trip on the Isere, a cultural tour by canoe

Posted by STAGIAIRECOM on 08/05/2022 at 08:41

If you think you know all there is to know about Grenoble, or if you’re discovering it for the first time, we’ve got a unique way for you to explore the city by canoe.  

Take to the river and paddle along the Isère with  Aviron Grenoblois  and our tour guide to learn more about Grenoble’s history. 


Don't worry: you don't need to have canoed for 20 years to be able to do this cultural trip. It's accessible to everyone, starting with children aged 10 and over. Even if you’re not very sporty, canoeing on the Isère is easy. It's even a good place to start if you've never done watersports before, as the route is very simple and fun, with small rapids under the Saint-Laurent footbridge.

The only logical requirement is to be able to swim a distance of 25 metres with temporary immersion of the head.

As for equipment, don’t worry  either: the club provides everything. Canoe, paddle, life jacket, helmet and waterproof canteen are all provided. What about clothing? Sports clothes and shoes are compulsory, as well as a cap and a small bottle of water. 

Still a little nervous? Our final argument is irrefutable: outings are supervised by professional instructors who all have impressive track records. Multiple French champions, always ranked well in the Olympic Games, the Grenoble Rowing Club, Aviron Grenoblois is a wonderful breeding ground for talent, some of whom accompany these cultural canoe outings in the summer. Don't hesitate to ask them - it's always amazing to hear them list all their titles! 


Of course, the first thing that strikes you when you start down the Isère is the omnipresence of nature. Leaving the Ile Verte gives you an idea of the green setting in which the city of Grenoble was built. As the walk progresses, the mountains emerge from the vegetation on the banks: Chartreuse first, then Belledonne in the background, Vercors and Néron to finish.  

The fauna and flora of the area are well worth a closer look for those young and old who are curious about nature. It's not uncommon to come across ducks and fish, and if you're lucky, you may even come across beavers and herons, which populate the Isère and its banks in great numbers. 

Grenoble's architecture unfolds like a chronological frieze: fortifications from Antiquity and the Middle Ages, the 15th-century Ancien Parlement, the 17th-century Jardin de Ville, the 19th-century Casamaures and, finally, the peninsula and Oxford Bridge from the 20th and 21st centuries. The anecdotes shared by your tour guide during the walk will give you a better understanding of Grenoble's urban development, as well as the impact of nature on its evolution. Water, in particular, plays an essential role in understanding our region, but we won't spoil the tour for you!  


While the cultural route is our favourite of all the routes on offer from Aviron Grenoblois, it is not the only one for you to discover. If you're a beginner, for example, don't hesitate to try out the Beginner Route, where you can learn to master the canoe and play with the currents.

The Nighttime Descent is even more unique where a magical moment at dusk awaits. By torchlight, the quays are illuminated, and Grenoble takes on an air of fantasy. Finally, if you're more adventurous, the Discovery Routes take you on a self-guided cruise on the Isère, with 3 variations depending on your level, from 5 to 20km.

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