Last year Canvas ventured into the beautiful region of Provence for the first time. The appeal of rolling countryside, endless fields of lavender and plenty of outdoor activities left us wanting to find out more. We delved deeper into this region to find out what makes a holiday here so special.Details
You can’t beat France for a camping holiday. Here’s our blog posts about camping in France, packed with holiday ideas and inspiration.
Go back in time at Puy du Fou Puy du Fou’s historical re-enactments are legendary! For years, Canvas customers have waxed lyrical about how much they love Puy du Fou. Nestled in the stunning surroundings of untouched Vendée countryside, this history-themed park takes you on a journey through time. The park is divided into five areas and…Details
The final in our series of customer profiles is a rather special one. Peggy Boyd and her family travelled on their first Canvas Holiday in 1967, making them some of our first ever customers. Here’s Peggy’s story – we’re really looking forward to meeting the Boyd family at our anniversary ball this weekend.Details
One of the best ways to explore the stunning Loire region of France is by bike. The beautiful countryside goes on for miles and as the majority of it is flat meaning it’s perfect for all types of cyclist, even younger children.
The Loire à Vélo is a cycle network covering 500 miles from the Atlantic coast of France to just outside Nevers in Burgundy. Now, we’re not suggesting tackling this all at once but why not try a section. The great thing about the Loire à Vélo is that it is wonderfully flat – you could cycle for days without coming across an incline.Details
What’s my feelgood? It’s easy really. Chilling out and spending time with my family. My twin boys are 15 months old now and the time has gone so fast – everyone said it would but somehow you don’t believe them! Last summer, I took them to Berny Riviere on their first (I hope of many)…Details
The swinging sixties – a decade of mini skirts, flower power and Beatlemania – and the dawn of Canvas Holidays.
In the 1960’s Britain became a truly affluent society – vacuum cleaners and washing machines were in most homes, and cars and fridges became the norm. And for the first time – foreign family holidays became common place.
One of these new ‘explorers’ of foreign shores was Jim Cuthbert and his family. Like many in the 1960’s, the most affordable way for the Cuthbert family to explore Europe was by camping. It was on one of these holidays that Jim Cuthbert found sound inspiration. Whilst waiting on the cross Channel ferry in Ostend he observed many other families crammed into cars filled to the brim with camping equipment and other holiday essentials – and thought how helpful it would be if all this could be provided at the campsite.
With this inspiration and a great love for the essence of the camping holiday, Jim Cuthbert set out to make camping abroad easier. And so Canvas Holidays was born in the spring of 1965 and transformed the world of continental camping as we know it. A total of 25 of the best quality tents that money could buy were erected in Northern France, equipped with camping essentials plus cookers and gas. Holidays were sold at 10-17 guineas a week for six people and in the first brochure holidaymakers were promised that on arrival everything would be “ready for the first cup of tea”.Details
So the holiday. Well you know what – we had fun! I’m not going to write a day by day account of what we did on our holidays, but I thought I’d share the Harper’s holiday highlights!
As I mentioned in my previous post, it’s hard for us to find time to take the boys swimming. So our Canvas holiday was the first time they’d been! The pool at Berny Rivière was lovely – the toddler pool has a retractable roof, so can be used in all weather and the water was warm. Although we didn’t use them, there are plenty of changing cubicles, so you don’t have to drag dripping wet toddlers around the campsite.
The boys loved the pool (one slightly more than the other, as you can tell from the picture!) and we’ve resolved to make sure we take them regularly in the future.Details
With the Tour de France set to start on 2 July, we take a look at some great routes in Europe. We know that not everyone is going to be a natural Bradley Wiggins but cycling is something that the whole family can enjoy together whatever their abilities. Getting the whole family out together to explore the stunning countryside and to enjoy the fresh air is what holidays are all about.
For the cyclist who likes to focus on fun!
For families with younger children or the type of cyclist that likes to hop on a bike and just go off and explore then we have the perfect route for you. The Loire à Vélo is a cycle network covering 500 miles from the Atlantic coast of France to just outside Nevers in Burgundy. Now, we’re not suggesting tackling this all at once but why not try a section. The great thing about the Loire à Vélo is that it is wonderfully flat – you could cycle for days without coming across an incline.Details
As neighbours France and Switzerland go head to head in the FIFA World Cup tie, we look at which country should be crowned best camping holiday destination in our very own battle. Campsites France Our very first campsites were in Normandy and today we offer camping holidays in no fewer than 15 French regions. You…Details
Set in the stunning French countryside, just outside of the hamlet of Touquin, Camping les Etangs Fleuris is an excellent choice for holidaying families.
With the bright lights of Paris only 40 miles to the west, there are plenty of things to keep tourists happy – and here we look at just a few of them.Details