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Brooklyn Canoeing of the Gowanus Canal

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 4 reviews.Brooklyn, United States

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Experience hosted by Gowanus

90 mins
Includes equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese (Simplified)

What you'll do

Join the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club for a secret, one of a kind, personal sunset cruise in canoes above Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal. After a short presentation where you and your crew our outfitted with safety gear, we embark on a narrated voyage filled with questions and conversation on how recreation can have a positive influence on improving and encouraging environmental awareness and activism in an urban setting.

Paddle along our Gowanus Canal to see a hidden side of Brooklyn, including the underside of bridges and our transforming industrial neighborhood. Discover the fun of canoeing as you explore the history of our Brooklyn neighborhood’s rich past, present, and future.

Rain or sound of thunder will cancel the voyage unfortunately, but we will walk the Gowanus neighborhood instead. After the voyage our guide will direct you to many culinary delights within walking distance of our dock.
Join the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club for a secret, one of a kind, personal sunset cruise in canoes above Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal. After a short presentation where you and your crew our outfitted with safety gear, we embark on a narrated voyage filled with questions and conversation on how recreation can have a positive influence on improving and encouraging environmental awareness and activism in an urban setting.

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Gowanus's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Equipment
    We provide canoes, paddles, and lifejackets. Wear sunscreen.
From $29
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Gowanus

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 4 Reviews
Owen Foote is a local catalytic leader in Brooklyn advocating for improving the Gowanus Canal waterway and neighborhood for over 25 years. He is an insider with entertaining stories and knows some secrets of our former industrial shoreline. He is an expert on zoning and issues affecting today's working, residential, artistic and recreational waterway.

Owen is a licensed architect and urban planner, CPR / First Aid certified canoeist who is a founding Board Member of our not for profit. If he is unavailable, one of our trained trip leaders will oversee your experience.
Owen Foote is a local catalytic leader in Brooklyn advocating for improving the Gowanus Canal waterway and neighborhood for over 25 years. He is an insider with entertaining stories and knows some secrets of our former industrial shoreline. He is an expert on zoning and issues affecting today's working, residential, artistic and recreational waterway.

Owen is a licensed architect and urban planner, CPR / First Aid certified canoeist who is a founding Board Member of our not for prof…
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About the organization: Gowanus Dregers Canoe Club



The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club is an advocacy group for the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. We introduce people to the canal with shoreline walks, bike rides and on-water canoe voyages. Funds raised by this experience directly support our free and low-cost programs that raise awareness of the environmental issues of NY Harbor. Many more timely & exciting details can be found at www.GowanusCanal.org

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Gowanus Dregers Canoe Club.

Where you'll be

The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn is a Superfund site and cleanup of this industrial waterway is underway. While pollution lingers, there are new issues affecting waterfront access, development & zoning.

The neighborhood is changing rapidly, and our tour features real-time information & insight. We'll canoe along our shoreline to view a custom mix of historic businesses, bridges, quirky art & feral pockets of nature reclamation & waterfront habitat.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 4 reviews.

Weijin
September 2020
Canoeing down the Gowanus Canal was an incredibly unique experience that I could not have had myself. In all of my 30 years in New York City, I had never heard much about the Canal and am grateful for the tour, where I've learned more than I ever would have otherwise. I feel even more motivated to help protect the environment now, especially the waters of the Canal.
Canoeing down the Gowanus Canal was an incredibly unique experience that I could not have had myself. In all of my 30 years in New York City, I had never heard much about the Canal…
Sonia
September 2018
I got more than I bargained for; enjoyed learning about the history of the canal and about the efforts the EPA is going through to clean it up. Which by the way the fee we pay for this outing goes straight into the Gowanus Canal cleanup project.
I got more than I bargained for; enjoyed learning about the history of the canal and about the efforts the EPA is going through to clean it up. Which by the way the fee we pay for…
Dan
September 2020
Had a wonderful time. Host was incredibly charismatic, passionate, and knowledgeable.
Katherine
May 2018
Wonderful day.

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

More tips

Wear sunscreen, bring water to drink and a light jacket in case it gets cool.

What to bring

Dress casual and bring a light jacket or sweatshirt in case it gets cool

Money $ for food / drinks / art / unique gifts (there are a lot of these places around here now!)