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Rafting & canoeing in Ticino

Your canoe adventure in Ticino in a breathtaking Mediterranean landscape.

The Ticino rises high up in the Alps as a wild river and where it leaves the steep mountains, your canoe rafting adventure begins! Lively waves, emerald green water and white granite rocks and gravel banks allow us to experience nature up close.


You can try great canoe rafting in the sunny canton of Switzerland! More and more people are discovering this thrilling mix of thrills, nature experiences and team challenges for "kids and the young at heart"

Rushing rapids, sparkling water and beautiful beaches along the banks are waiting for you. Unlike an adrenaline rafting tour, this experience is intended for those who want to enjoy a Mediterranean landscape and a relaxed and fun canoe trip.

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Canoe rafting: action – fun – nature experience. Are you in the mood for adventure?

The motto of canoe rafting is: the smaller the boat, the more fun. As a small team in the stable hose canoe, you will find out what white water rafting means in Ticino: fun, action and nature experience – definitely!


The narrow inflatable canoe turns the canoe tour into a real experience. Steer through the waves and granite rocks of the "Fiume Ticino", accelerate, steer yourself and then? Into the torrent of water ...!

We will accompany you on a suitable route of the "Fiume Ticino" and give you the necessary safety instructions and tips to be able to steer your canoe yourself!

Before we go into the water, we do a few exercises with you and your friends so that you can safely and relaxed down the river. With enough time and without rushing, you will have time to marvel at the wilderness. Depending on your mood, you can also dive into the fresh Ticino water and let yourself be carried away by the current.

Everything at a glance

Canoe tour for the family!

Route:

8 Km from Cresciano to Arbedo

Requirements for a canoe family tour:

  • A general state of health in good health
  • Swimming skills
  • Minimum age: approx. 8 years

Inclusive services:

  • Planning and implementation of the beginner’s tour
  • Coordination of the canoe event on site
  • Supervision by certified purelements guides
  • Guide-guest ratio is a maximum of 1:12
  • Canoe inflatable canoe (2, 3, 4 or 10 places)
  • Special equipment incl. Helmet, life jacket, neoprene socks and wetsuit
  • No time pressure

You have to take care of the following things yourself:

• Swimwear (swimming trunks, swimsuit / bikini + towel, swimming shorts if necessary)
• Closed shoes that can get wet
• A change of clothes and hat
• Medication you need (asthma spray, allergy medication, etc.)
• Eating / drinking for before / after
• Waterproof sunscreen

Tour duration:

3-4 hours total time

Start time:

10:00 or 14:30

Period:

April to October

Number of participants:

at least 4 people

Procedure and transport:

We meet directly at our base (Agriturismo La Finca) in Cresciano. After a short introduction and the handover of the material, we walk 5 minutes to the starting point.
A safety briefing is done here. It’s finally starting! After about 1.5 hours on the river (duration depends on the current) we arrive in Arbedo-Bellinzona. If you came by car, you can take public transport (bus stop Arbedo Molinazzo) back to the starting point. Of course you don’t have to get on the bus with my swimming trunks; Your clothes and valuables will be handed over to you by our driver on arrival in Arbedo.

Canoe tour on an easy level!

Route:

8 Km from Cresciano to Arbedo

Requirements for a basic canoe tour:

  • A general state of health in good health
  • Swimming skills
  • Minimum age: approx. 12 years

Inclusive services:

  • Planning and implementation of the beginner’s tour
  • Coordination of the canoe event on site
  • Supervision by certified purelements guides
  • Guide-guest ratio is a maximum of 1:12
  • Canoe inflatable canoe (2, 3, 4 or 10 places)
  • Special equipment incl. Helmet, life jacket, neoprene socks and wetsuit
  • No time pressure

You have to take care of the following things yourself:

• Swimwear (swimming trunks, swimsuit / bikini + towel, swimming shorts if necessary)
• Closed shoes that can get wet
• A change of clothes and hat
• Medication you need (asthma spray, allergy medication, etc.)
• Eating / drinking for before / after
• Waterproof sunscreen

Tour duration:

3-4 hours total time

Start time:

10:00 or 14:30

Period:

April to October

Number of participants:

at least 4 people

Procedure and transport:

We meet directly at our base (Agriturismo La Finca) in Cresciano. After a short introduction and the handover of the material, we walk 5 minutes to the starting point.
A safety briefing is done here. It’s finally starting! After about 1.5 hours on the river (duration depends on the current) we arrive in Arbedo-Bellinzona. If you came by car, you can take public transport (bus stop Arbedo Molinazzo) back to the starting point. Of course you don’t have to get on the bus with my swimming trunks; D You will receive your clothes and valuables from our driver on arrival in Arbedo.

Canoe tour for experienced or sporty beginners!

Route:

13 km from Biasca to Cresciano

Requirements for one canoe per tour:

  • A general state of health in good health
  • Good swimming skills
  • Minimum age: approx. 14 years

Inclusive services:

  • Planning and implementation of the beginner’s tour
  • Coordination of the canoe event on site
  • Supervision by certified purelements guides
  • Guide-guest ratio is a maximum of 1:12
  • Canoe inflatable canoe (2, 3, 4 or 10 places)
  • Special equipment incl. Helmet, life jacket, neoprene socks and wetsuit
  • No time pressure

You have to take care of the following things yourself:

• Swimwear (swimming trunks, swimsuit / bikini + towel, swimming shorts if necessary)
• Closed shoes that can get wet
• A change of clothes and hat
• Medication you need (asthma spray, allergy medication, etc.)
• Eating / drinking for before / after
• Waterproof sunscreen

Tour duration:

5-6 hours total time

Start time:

10:00 or 14:30

Period:

April to October

Number of participants:

at least 3 persons

Procedure and transport:

We meet directly at our base (Agriturismo La Finca) in Cresciano. After a short introduction and the handover of the material, we drive 20 minutes (with our own vehicle) to the starting point.
A safety briefing is done here. It’s finally starting! After about 3 hours on the river (duration depends on the current) we arrive in Cresciano. Moved again, a purelements® employee will bring you back to the car that we left at the embarkation point.

Easy or more demanding canoe tour? We offer both!

We offer our canoe tours on 3 different levels of difficulty: family, basic and pro. All three tours are between whitewater difficulty levels 1 and 2.


On the family and basic tour, the level is rather simple and you don't need any previous knowledge or special skills! Even if the level is rather easy, it is still important to concentrate on the matter and be willing to learn; D After all, there is a lot of water in the game that should be respected!

For the pro tour, we recommend previous knowledge or at least good swimming ability and good athletic endurance as the tour is relatively long and also technical. There is the possibility of capsizing and swimming in white water!

Our canoe tours are ideal for a company outing, a company incentive, a bachelor party, a family outing, a friends outing and a club or school outing.

Have we sparked your interest? Find out more details in the experience descriptions!

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