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  • Peaceful site specialising in canoe and kayak rental and tours
  • By the river in Gauja National Park, a five-minute drive to Līgatne
  • Boat rental, play areas, firepit and wifi

Canoe Camping, aquatic aficionados will be pleased to note, is exactly how it sounds: a riverside site with pitches to rent and kayaking trips – the setup here is very much 'eat, sleep, row, repeat'.

Even if you’re not a fan of canoeing, this place is a peaceful spot for seeking some R&R by the water or the firepit in the grounds. As it’s in Gauja National Park, an area of Latvia known as ‘Little Switzerland’, the surrounding nature is just as lovely as the title makes it sound.

Want some time on the river checking out the sandstone structures dotted along the banks (but don’t fancy overworking your muscles in a kayak or canoe)? When it comes to water-based travel, other options include jumping on a motorless ferry from a dock just outside the park or renting one of the site’s boats and gliding downstream.

When hunger strikes – as it surely will with so many active happenings going on – cook up a meal to eat out under the open skies at one of the park’s picnic areas. If you’re too tired from all the adventures to chat while you dine, wind down by browsing the free wifi before retiring for the night.

For days on dry land, the site is close to the historical town of Līgatne (a five-minute drive) and is also near several of the walking and cycling trails that run through the national park.

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Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool


Recreation room/arcade

TV room




Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets


Shower available

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year


Charging facilities

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transportation nearby


Small (11-25 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby


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  • Gaujas Street, 36, Līgatne, Ligatne, Latvia, 4110
  • Timezone Europe/Riga +0200 (GMT+02:00)   GPS 57.2542°N 25.0452°E


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

The five-kilometre Līgatne Nature Trails (10 minutes’ drive) are a highlight of the area – these paths beside the Gauja river, running through woodland crisscrossed by ravines, are set up for wildlife watching. Look out for all sorts of creatures native to Latvia while on your wander round here; roe deer, wild boar, bears and elks are some of the animals you might see.

Scurry underground afterwards at the Soviet Secret Bunker (10 minutes), a former shelter reserved for the elite during Communist-era Latvia. Thanks to the well-preserved USSR artefacts on display, from extensive maps to communications equipment, tours of this complex are fascinating.

If descending nine metres underground sounds a touch too much of a scary experience for the smallest members of your group, take them off to Vienkoči Park (10 minutes) instead and have a wander among the wooden structures. Kids keen for a go at carving can do so in the carpentry workshop in the middle of the complex.

  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
  • Does Canoe Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Canoe Camping dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Canoe Camping? The five-kilometre Līgatne Nature Trails (10 minutes’ drive) are a highlight of the area – these paths beside the Gauja river, running through woodland crisscrossed by ravines, are set up for wildlife … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Canoe Camping?
    RV, travel trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  Anytime
    Depart by:  noon
    On-park accommodation
    Arrive:  1 p.m. –  Anytime
    Depart by:  noon
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