Splish - splash - plenty of watersport fun!
Canoeing & Kayaking
We recommend Ariège Evasion, based just 5 minutes walk from Chez Arran. There are a number of courses for adults and children from 1hr to 3.5hrs. You are met at the bottom to take you and the canoes back to the centre. www.ariege-evasion.com
White Water Rafting
The departmental canoe school based in Foix offers a range of canoeing
and white water descents, all of which are accompanied by a qualified
guide. They have the full range of equipment from inflatable Kayaks,
rafts (suitable for between 4 and 8 people), smaller individual
inflatable’s and canoes for 1, 2 or 3 people.
Also at Foix, and open to everyone, is a 400m canoeing slalom course with 80 gates. More details and photos are available by following this link.
Canyoning is a combination of swimming, climbing, sliding or walking down steep, fast-flowing mountain streams or rivers, armed with a wet suit! Canyoning typically involves jumping into and swimming across superb mountain rock pools, and sliding or abseiling down waterfalls. An easy introduction to canyoning is offered by many of the local teams, at about €30 per person. For the more advanced, there are 'sporting canyonning trips' and custom day or even weekend trips. We recommend Maël Loizance www.facebook.com/mael.loizance to provide a great half or full day for you.
Wild Lake Swimming, pools and waterfalls
There are some glorious high mountain lakes and stream pools which you can swim in on a hot day, in addition to Lac Mondeley which also has an accompanying beach and cafe. Ideally combined with a mountain walk or yoga on the beach! Check out Pont de Gers pools and also Cascade d' Artigues http://www.visorando.com/randonnee-cascades-de-l-artigue/ near Marc in the Vicdessos valley.
The nearest beaches are at Narbonne which is two hours away from Foix. We recommend Leucate plage as one of the prettiest. Narbonne-Plage and Saint-Pierre-sur-Mer offer modern beach resorts just 15 minutes outside of Narbonne. At Saint-Pierre visitors can book lessons in sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing, or hire equipment if they already know how.