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Paddling: The Charles by Night

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As your canoe slices through moonlight reflected in the river’s slow waters, your senses, suddenly unburdened of all the things to see, pick up the evening calls of songbirds. This gentle, 2-to-3-mile cruise is more about relaxation than breaking a sweat, and the guides from Charles River Canoe and Kayak keep an easy pace. Last year, the company added nighttime trips from its Cambridge location, a popular option among locals.