On the water with Mathieu

Mathieu - Canoe en Gascogne

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Fun-filled family day out


We met Mathieu, on a hot summer's day, for a nautical getaway on the Save and the Gesse!

A sports teacher for fifteen years, including nine years at the François-de-Belleforest secondray school in Samatan, he took over the canoeing business on the Save and the Gesse in 2015. 

In addition, he has also been a coach and handball player for several years, and often goes to the mountains for hiking, running, and mountain biking. A keen sportsman!

Go with the flow

After a few years spent on Reunion Island, Mathieu returned to his native Gers to come and teach in Samatan.

When you are Gersois (from the Gers), you either love it here, or you leave permanently


Canoe-kayak navigation has existed since the 90s in the Save and Gesse aera. After Stéphane, a sports educator in Samatan, stepped down, Mathieu took over the canoeing activity in 2015 and developed it. This year, his brother joined the team and they have a stall  on the Samatan market during the summer season to find new customers. 

With this activity, he has indeed become multifaceted: landscaper, commercial, designer, accountant, a good instructor ... to welcome happy and relaxed tourists in perfect conditions!

A nature trail

A canoe-kayak ride is the ultimate family leisure activity, for 5 to 77 years old !
At the starting poiny, two routes are available to you, one on the Save and the other on the Gesse. They both have one thing in commun, they are never over-crowded which allows you to observe the animals, take a break or take a nap by the waterfall.

It's a great way to feel closer to nature.


With Canoé en Gascogne, one aim : take your time. You can rent your canoe by the day, however many km you travel: take the opportunity to go with the flow...

The Save is quieter with hidden gems, ideal for families and beginners while the Gesse offers a more sporty and adventurous course,  at some points ressembling a mountain river side, which will delight the most daring!

And now, to your canoes !