When you are in the National Park 'De Weerribben', you can go canoeing. There are several places where you can rent your canoe. We rented our canoes at 'Het Doevehuis' in Kalenberg. This place is runned by De Lange family.
The nature in the Weerribben is great. We had the sun with us all day so it was great for the canoe trip. At one point the sun was hiding behind the clouds. Luckily this was only for a short period of time.
Almost at the end of the Kalenberg route you can see these nice little mills. I don't really know what their function is, but they look good in the landscape. Maybe they are used to pump the water through the fields of reed.
To get to Kalenberg you can best take your bike or a car. Cycling around the area is great so is the method I would prefer. If you are a bit short of time, just take the car.
To explore the Weerribben National Park, it is best to rent a canoe. We rented a canoe at Pieter Jongschaap's. He has many different types of canoes and also some motorboats that hardly make any noise. The prices for a canoe for 1 is € 3,50 an hour and a canoe for two € 4,50 an hour. Reservations may be necessary in weekends in spring and summer and at school holidays in the summertime.
The Weerribben National Park is next to Kalenberg. It is a National Park with a lot of reed. A lot of reed is used to cover the rooftops. You'll find many houses with reed and all that has been placed on it by thatchers. You can see these people at work very often. On the picture you can see a house that gets a new roof.
Favorite thing: Even without a map it is extremely hard to get lost in the Weeribben if you stick with the routes. The three routes mentioned in the other general tip all are signposted. They are very good visible, so look out for them at every crossing to make sure you go into the right direction.
In the Weerribben there are quite some trips. We followed the Kalenberg route which is 8 km long. It can be done in about 2 1/2 hours. It will take you through a part of the Weerribben. If you have enough energy you can also do the Weerribben route which is 14 km long. I hope the map is visible. If not and you want to canoe in the Weerribben and rent a canoe at Pieter Jongschaap (see transportation tip) you'll get a map yourself too.
A third route starts in Ossenzijl at the northern side of the Weerribben National Park.