Belgium » Canal du Centre | Belgium

Canal du Centre is a technically highly interesting link in the south of Belgium. Its old and new ship lifts make it very remarkable.


Canal du Centre | Belgium: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 24.3 km
Number of locks: 3
Lock dimensions: 112.00 x 12.00
Max. depth: 3.00
Max. headroom: 3.70
Degree of difficulty: Some experience is an advantage
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: no rating
Profile of waterway: Main waterway
Facilities groundside: no rating

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Waterway has access to:

Canal de Charleroi à Bruxelles & Willebroek | Belgium
Canal Nimy - Blaton - Peronnes | Belgium


Alter Schiffsaufzug
For a long time one had to deal with the old ship lifts on this canal. After 30 years of planning and construction the most modern ship lift of Europe, Strépy-Tieu was finally completed and allows now a direct link from Charleroi and Brussels to the French class IV canal system. The short canal has not at all lost of attraction for tourism.


Neuer Schiffsaufzug Strépy-Thieu
The electro-mechanical ship lift of Strépy-Tieu
is the biggest and newest ship lift of the Inland Waterways of Europe. It replaces the four hydraulic lifts in its neighborhood and was open to navigation in 2002. It’s one of the most interesting attractions for tourism in the region.