Discover the Aube en Champagne and while keeping your eyes on the water. Breaking away by swimming. Chilling on the beach. Escaping by boat. Paddling along the water. The 5000 hectares of water of the Great Lakes of Champagne in the Forêt d’Orient Regional Nature Park offer remarkable modern facilities for all kinds of water sports activities. The Aube region, its large lakes and waterways, promise a combination of adventure and relaxation. Inaddition to our selection of activities, let yourself be inspired by Yonder’s programme for a weekend in Champagne.
So, are you ready to dive into the Aube?
Fancy an enchanted walk?
Climb aboard your kayak and follow the nature guide to discover the immersed forest of the Orient Forest lake. With this excursion, labelled “Ecotourism Experiences”, the Park teams offer you a cocktail of sensations to uncover the biodiversityand inhabitants of this wildlife area: dragonflies, pikes or great crested grebes?
You must be able to swim to participate in this activity.
Discover the meanders of the Seine
Departing from Pont-sur-Seine, Emmanuel Favin, naturalist guide, will take you on his traditional boat made of poplar and wild aspen. Let yourself drift through the meanders of the Seine for a few hours while enjoying the fauna and flora. For nature lovers, be sure to learn about all the local botanical varieties and enjoy a delicious picnic by the water, made with local produce.
On your marks, get set, paddle!
If you have always dreamed of walking on water, no, you won’t be turned into a superhero quiet yet, but you can always let yourself be tempted by a paddle experience on the Seine. Standing on your board, you can let the Cercle Aviron Nogentais guide you across the long, quiet river… Enjoy an hour and a half of pure magic with your paddle and set off for a journey at the Seine’s pace.
Cercle Aviron Nogentais
Fluvial journey and unique night
A stone’s throw from the Lac Amance, the Domaine du Colombier welcomes you for a unique experience. A refreshing kayak trip, a relaxing break in a verdant setting and an unusual night in either a nomad or a Moroccan tent are all on the agenda. The perfect combo for a restful and unusual night’s sleep after a sporty day!
Domaine Le Colombier
Raise your sails!
From port to starboard, savour the sensation of being rocked along the great Lac d’Orient in a catamaran. You can rent a catamaran from the CNHS in Lusigny-sur-Barse, to sail in complete autonomy on a supervised stretch of water. So enjoy a stroll around the lake, with a sail in the wind and a smile on your face.
CNHS Sailing Club
To the rhythm of the wind…
Be as free as the air and let yourself be carried away by the tempo of the wind as you glide across the Forêt d’Orient lakes on a kitesurf. Check out the 5 kiting spots, all located around the lake. Reserved for the initiated, discover our different spots: from the easiest along the beach of Mesnil St Père to the most difficult at the foot of the dam, don’t be afraid of anything and go for it!
1, 2, 3 Fly!
Take to the skies in a hydro ULM and enjoy the unique experience of flying over the Forêt d’Orient Regional Nature Park and the great lakes of Champagne. You will even have the fantastic opportunity of landing there… Flights depart from the Brienne le Château aerodrome and landings take place on the official hydro ULM platform of the Amance lake, managed by Aube ULM.
BRIENNE-LE-CHÂTEAU AIR FIELD
Like a fish in water
Canoeing is the perfect way to discover the Aube en Champagne area, to explore inaccessible sites, to enjoy an unspoilt nature and to disconnect completely. The rivers of the Aube en Champagne (the Seine, the Ource, the Aube…) are more enjoyable than technical, more gentle than tumultuous, and convey floating ramblers into a setting that is sometimes wild, sometimes urban. Make the most of the many routes available throughout the region.
Maison du Canoë
The 5000 hectares of the great of the Forêt d’Orient Regional Nature Park and the many rivers offer beautiful places to enjoy a moment by the water, alone or with the family. After an adventure, we always appreciate taking time to relax, which is the emblem of any holiday! Far from the daily stress, dive into the heart of the Aube with its various beaches and water spots…
OUR BEST ADDRESSES
A serene stay
Come and spend a stay for two at the heart of the Othe forest in an unusual haven of peace nestled in a natural setting. Othentic’natur invites you to experience the charm of La Pom de Pin, a wooden chalet where you can relax in complete serenity.
A wellness stay
Originally a small country bar, the Auberge du Lac, located in Mesnil-st-Père close to the Forêt d’Orient lake, has been converted into a charming and comfortable hotel surrounded by beautiful gardens. An idyllic setting featuring a gastronomic restaurant, a bistr’Auberge open for lunch and a Spa and wellness area. The perfect place to recharge your batteries, as a family, as a couple or with friends…
A 100% nature stay
To prolong the nature experience, the 3-star campsite Domaine le Colombier guarantees a family-friendly experience with its 43 shaded pitches on the banks of the river Aube for optimum comfort and well-being… The little ones will also be delighted by the trampoline and the access to the river to dive into happiness… Rent bikes and canoes for your outings!
An authentic stay
Who hasn’t dreamt of sleeping in Robinson Crusoe’s cabin? Built under the hull of his shipwrecked boat, Robinson leaves you in charge of his pretty atypical cabin for the duration of your unusual stay in Champagne. Come aboard this cosy little nest, ideal for family weekends!
A LITTLE HUNGRY?
Brasserie with a view
Located opposite the port of Mesnil Saint Père, at the heart of the protected area of the Great Lakes, the Belvédère invites you to savour its contemporary brasserie-style cuisine. Its sublime terrace offers a stunning view over the Forêt d’Orient lake.
A historical setting
Eat a delicious iodized meal at Le Valentino, where Claudine and Gilles André welcome you in their 18th century house, nestled in a courtyard at the heart of the historic centre of Troyes. With the delicious cuisine and a cellar full of surprises, it is the promise of a good time…
After a day at the lakes…
At the heart of Lusigny-sur-Barse, not far from the Forêt d’Orient lake, Le Petit Champenois welcomes you in a cosy and warm atmosphere with its shaded terrace where you can be offered a dish of the day, a choice of starters, and a selection of dishes and desserts. A deliciously pleasant location…