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Launching from Sandbanks

A tour launching from Sandbanks soon leaves behind the hustle and bustle of the harbour area, where there is lots going on and plenty of other water users. We paddle from this hive of activity into another world, one of peace and tranquility on the far side of Brownsea Island. The Purbeck hills provide a stunning back drop for the journey.




Poole Harbour

The exact route taken by the Big Canoe when launching from Sandbanks will depend on the prevailing tide and weather conditions, but all of ours tours offer the opportunity to observe the diverse wildlife and breath-taking scenery.




Half day tour

Our 3 hour paddles provide a brilliant opportunity to circumnavigate Brownsea Island, get in close to the castle, paddle along the stunning southern coastline and maybe even getting a glimpse at a red squirrel. We have permission to land to stretch our legs on the beach and stop for a snack.

Full day tour

Our full day paddles give us time to explore remote foreshores on the western edge of the harbour as well as around the shorelines around Brownsea, Furzey and Green islands. There will be stops to stretch legs, picnic and even swim on the way.



Find The Big Canoe opposite Sandbanks Carpark, Poole Harbour, Dorset

When launching from Sandbanks you will find The Big Canoe opposite the Sandbanks public car park, Banks Road, Poole, Dorset BH13 7QD.


The Big Canoe, Opposite Sandbanks Public Car Park, Banks Road,
Poole, Dorset BH13 7QD

directionsDirections to Sandbanks venue

trainBy car

Sandbanks-Carpark-Poole-HarbourFrom the Bournemouth and Poole side of Poole Harbour follow signs to Poole until you pick up signs for Sandbanks, there are lots of these and the route is made clear. Keep following the signs to Sandbanks along shore road until you reach Sandbanks car park on your left. You can park here or on the opposite side of the road. It can get very busy in summer so leave plenty of time to park. Our canoe tours leave from the shore on the opposite side of the road to the Sandbanks car park.

trainBy train

Nearest station is Parkstone (Poole), 2.7 miles away.

trainBy bus

Buses 50 from Bournemouth (half-hourly Mon-Sat) or 52 from Poole (hourly Mon-Sat). During the summer, open top buses operate. For more information visit the MoreBus website

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