Canyoning Park

Canyoning Park, Argeles-sur-Mer: Hours, Address, Canyoning Park Reviews: 4.5/5

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Canyoning Park

Canyoning Park
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Ryanamstlvn
Amstelveen, The Netherlands71 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We went here with friends and their children. The children age 12 to 16 loved it all! I think there are enough reviews and photos for you to have an idea.

Some tips:
- they have water shoes for hire
- you will get a wet suit
- it feels scary sometimes but really all that can happen is you get wet and might gulp down some water

Great morning out!
Written August 6, 2020
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jdybnsn
Crewe, UK548 contributions
Jun 2011
I foolishly imagined this might be a rather nice 'family activity' - what was I thinking !!??

Your first hurdle is squeezing into the wet suits provided in the mixed-sex changing rooms - just when you think you couldn't look any sillier, they also add a hard hat, wet suit slippers and a harness. However as the course is a cold water one, later you will be very glad that comfort triumphs over style here.

Understandably (we are in France after all) there is minimal instruction in english, but it is fairly self explanitary what you have to do at each stage, and the guides that take you around the course are friendly enough.

Basically there are 4 elements :
- jumping off very realistic looking cliffs at the height of around 5 metres into very deep cold water plunge pools. Warning there are higher ones than this - though the much higher ones are strictly optional !
- sliding into plunge pools down artifical waterfalls - which is slightly better, as you can't see what's coming next ! ....ie. 'the drop' as the cliff face drops off ! There is even one into an underground cavern - a black hole (though it is well lit once inside).
- abseiling down artificial rock faces with water pouring down on you.
- a final 200m zip wire across from the artifical rock face, to another pool at the end of the course.

You should be warned that this is a fairly physically demanding activity as mostly you have to part-pull yourself by rope, and part scramble, up the slopes to the next activity, after dropping down the last...a week later and I am still feeling the aches and pains, and wishing I had kept up that gym routine ! You will need good upper arm strength, and not be carrying too much weight, to do the zip wiring at the end, as you will have to carry your body weight on your hands/arms - the strain is not taken by the harness (though it is attached for safety), as it normally is at many zip wire activity centres.

I do have some health and safety concerns - not so much about the actual jumps and falls but their (occasional) use of vertical steel ladders beween some of activities. These were very high with minimal, to no, safety barriers - climbing high steel ladders with wet hands, wet feet and a wet suit, is surely an accident waiting to happen ?

It does say it is recommended from 8 years up but my daughter who is a plucky 10 year old was too daunted to do most of the jumps...it would have been alot better if they had different jump levels to suit all nerotic states.ie for whimps, semi whimps, almost brave and the brave + etc. Even my 14 year boy, who generally enjoyed it, was hesitant at times and did not do all the challenges.
If you are wondering if it is going to be suitable for you and your party, you can go and view the course from a viewing platform inside the centre - I don't think there is any charge to do this and you might be wise to do so, as at around £100 for a family of 2 adults /2 children, you might save yourself some unnecessary expenditure.

To be honest if you are NOT a thrill seeker,and/or don't enjoy the scary rides at the fair, etc, then stick to the excellent mini golf next door, as you are more likely to endure this, to enjoy it !
However, I'm sure this is quite unique activity is a must for all young twenty somethings and/or those who like to feel their heart beating in their chest once in a while !
Written June 9, 2011
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JustJaneK
London, UK1 contribution
Aug 2011
I am a fifty one year old mother of three and my twin 13 year old boys really wanted to do this, as my partner is not very good with heights he declined and therefore I rose to the challenge. It is quite demanding physically so you do need to have reasonable level of fitness especially when climbing the rocks, ladders and constantly getting in and out of the water. The jumps range from around 5 meters to 9 meters and although we were a little apprehensive at first we soon got into the swing of things and were eager to take steps to the next level. The hardest thing for me was the ab-sailing having never done it before, let alone with water pouring down on top of me, I wasn't sure what to expect. It was simple enough but had I known that there was yet another plunge pool waiting for me I would have been a little more confident edging my way down. The instructions for this aspect could have been clearer however all in all we had an excellent time and ended the holiday on a high (jump). We also played the mini golf and thoroughly enjoyed that too especially as I won!!
Written August 15, 2011
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Peter L
Broadstairs, UK1 contribution
Jun 2014 • Family
We had a fantastic time until we reached the 9m (29.5ft) platform, where my 19 year old son performed a perfect pencil jump as instructed. The force of hitting the water resulted in him fracturing his spine in two places. I am sure that this is not a common occurrence but it is worth considering the risks especially before performing the higher jumps e.g. above 5m. Our son was incapacitated for 3 months and had to wear a brace for most of the summer. He has now, thankfully, made a full recovery; the consultant said he was lucky as a couple more millimetres on the fracture would have been life changing.
We also had an issue with our travel insurance (Nationwide) who abandoned us in France with our son in hospital and left us with no option but to organise repatriation ourselves. On appeal in the UK they eventually paid up; the policy had a canyoning exclusion and they initially argued that due to the park’s theme and name we were not covered. I would recommend anyone visiting the park to check their cover includes this activity before participating (preferably in writing). The park itself does have insurance but after taking legal advice we were told we were unlikely to be able to claim under French law, as you take part ‘at your own risk’, something that was not explained to us until after the accident.
I am sure that this is much safer than ‘real’ canyoning and we have just have been very unlucky. As the park was man made, advertised as totally secure and supervised we did not think to make the same risk analyses that would have been normal had we chosen to do this in the wild.
The staff were very helpful and lent us a car to follow the ambulance to the hospital.
Please note the accident occurred in June 2013 but we were not able to update Trip Advisor while legal and insurance proceedings were continuing, hence the late post.
Written August 17, 2014
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mightyfin
Hadleigh, UK49 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
we went in August ( you must book , we were lucky ) we managed to get in with a larger group, the staff are excellent good English and clear and concise instructions , they encourage without being too pushy, the suits etc are good and they make sure you are properly kitted out, this is not for the feint hearted but well worth the effort, we went in scorching weather but that wasn't a problem, the course is a mixture of jumps into pools ( 4 - 9M ) canyon slides and repelling down ropes, it takes about 1-1/12 hours of exciting and thrilling exertion, the onsite food service is good and reasonably priced, you can make a whole day of it by including a trip on the zip wires ( same site ) and there is another activity too, BUT the zip wires are had work as is the canyoning so allow a WHOLE day, even though I did actually beak my hand on a wall when repelling down in the waterfall, one of those things and it in no way put me off ( I would go again without hesitation ) but it is a full on activity we all agreed this was the best thing we did on the holiday.
Written August 12, 2017
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harleybarley123
Prestwick, UK21 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
We had read about this on several occasions and really fancied giving it a go ... so in April we took the plunge and went along to the Canyoning Park. This was the 1st week it was open in 2015 so was relatively quiet ... we turned up without booking and got on just after a group that was nearly finished.

"We" were 48, 42 and 14. On arrival we were greeted and kitted out in wet suits, helmets and safety harnesses, followed by a short safety talk and demonstration. So far so good !! Our instructor spoke decent English as well.

The course basically consists of a series of about 12 jumps / slides / abseils of varying height and difficulty ... ending with a zip wire into a plunge pool to finish the course. The course is designed around an artifical mountain / canyon range with fresh water pools and waterfalls throughout.

The highest jump into a deep pool was about 10m / 30 feet ... which when you are up there looks a LONG way down !!! But the exhilaration once you have jumped is great !! You can opt out of any of the activities if you wish and if the group would like an easier route they will also accommodate this. The scariest bit for me was an abseil down a waterfall where you had to move sideways with the water crashing over you before dropping into the pool below.

At the end we all completed every activity, in some cases doing more than once ... not bad for a couple of old duffers !!! We all enjoyed it.

All in the course took about 1hr 45mins.

Highly recommended if you fancy something different during your vacation !
Written February 10, 2016
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PetervdnBosch
Moordrecht, The Netherlands85 contributions
Aug 2015
Had some great and sometimes thrilling fun here! Jumping from small platforms down into deep pools of cold water but still have some fun ;-)
Written January 14, 2016
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Louise B
Warrington, UK26 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
This Canyon park is professionally run. It was very challenging and provided me (as a 48yr old woman) a massive thrill. The kids had a ball. It also has a high ropes section which has different levels of difficulty for varying ages and again well maintained and you can feel safe. My son has been back for the last 3 years. Me on the other hand, I have proved myself and don't feel I need to do it again.
Written July 30, 2015
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david o
London, UK35 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
This looks very average from the outside and the idea of artificial canyoning when there are real mountains to visit meant we arrived with relatively low expectations. And it was raining when we arrived. But it's actually ideal for a family - and France has a great attitude to H&S - if a 9 yr old can swim strongly and isn't afraid of heights they can participate fully...great fun and the first tandem Ariel runway we have found
Written October 3, 2013
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hertswaters
herts39 contributions
Aug 2012 • Family
my two teenagers (15 & 13) and my big kid of a husband absolutely loved this afternoon out. Not cheap ( 93 euro for 3) but fantastic value for money. Very well organised. Not for anyone unfit or scared of heights - even my normally brave 13 year old found some of the jumps too scary.There are no shortcuts if you don't like it - you just have to climb back down but there were a few who didn't do all of the jumps.
If water isn't your thing then the aerial adventure park on the same site looked lovely and it looked as though you could clip in and out when and where you wanted so you could take it at your own pace, whereas the canyoning park was a defined slot with a group of about 10. Very well supervised.It took about 90 minutes in total
The jumps and whole activity was thrilling. I had a prime position in a lovely shaded viewing gallery which was perfect for taking shots of the group and the cafe served snacks,icecreams and drinks at a reasonable price-it was about 6 euro for a sandwich and a drink. I would advise booking early as there were limited slots available. Easy to find just head for Luna Park
All in all much more fun than a standard water park
Written September 8, 2012
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  • Wed - Wed 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM


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