Worth a Trip: Canoeing on the River Gard

For a unique perspective on the Pont du Gard, you need to see it from the water. The Gard River flows from the Cévennes mountains all the way to the aqueduct, passing through the dramatic Gorges du Gardon en route. The best time to do it is between April and June, as winter floods and summer droughts can sometimes make the river impassable.

Most of the local hire companies are based in Collias, 8km from the bridge, a journey of about two hours by kayak. Depending on the season and the height of the river, you can make a longer journey by being dropped upstream at Pont St-Nicholas (19km, about five hours) or Russan (32km, seven to eight hours); the latter option also includes a memorable trip through the Gorges du Gardon.

There’s a minimum age of six. Life jackets are always provided, but you must be a competent swimmer. Operators include the following:

Canoë Collias

Canoë Le Tourbillon

Kayak Vert