Canoeing in Saint-Léonard-des-BoisCanoeing in Saint-Léonard-des-Bois
©Canoeing in Saint-Léonard-des-Bois|PHS

Sailing on the Sarthe river

Traveling on the stream of the river

If there’s one place where the landscapes of the Alpes Mancelles are at their wildest, and where discovering the villages is most surprising, it’s along the Sarthe river …
Board an electric boat or canoe and let yourself be “carried away”.


If in summer the Sarthe river seems tranquil and conducive to beautiful canoe descents with family or friends, when autumn or winter come and the rains are more numerous, the river’s flow becomes denser and delights whitewater enthusiasts, and it’s not Elias who will tell us otherwise!

Elias is a local boy who developed a passion for kayaking as a child. His training has made him a champion, and today he’s runner-up in the U23 World Championship. He knows how to appreciate this river for its calm and serenity, but also for its difficulty when the flow becomes more lively.

Aboard electric boats

If you’re sensitive to nature, calm and in search of beautiful surprises, how about a little ride aboard electric boats around Fresnay-sur-Sarthe?

From the river, you’ll be able to discover the town in a completely different way: its beautiful homes built on the water’s edge, its lush gardens, its private laundries now transformed into boat slips or peaceful little nooks … and above all enjoy unspoilt nature.