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Canal d’Orléans is a small, quiet canal in the heart of France, waiting for its reopening


Canal d'Orléans | Canal of France: Characteristics & Overview

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Degree of difficulty: For beginners (few locks)
Requirements: no rating
Character of waterway: no rating
Profile of waterway: Not navigable all through
Facilities groundside: Not sufficiant

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Canal du Loing | Canal in France

Canal d’Orléans is a small, quiet canal in the heart of France, waiting for its reopening
This, at first sight rather unimposing canal, allowed finally to get from the surroundings of the, already then important, town of Orléans to the Loire and over this waterway to the Canal du Loing. Over this, one could continue to the Seine and therewith to Paris but for some stretches, one had to pass smaller rivers. On 1692, the first barge passed from the Loire to the Seine. When Minister Freycinet started to enlarge the French waterways in 1870, Canal d’Orléans was left with its smaller dimensions and lost very soon its importance for freight vessels. In 1954 it was closed.

The future of Canal d’Orléans
Works are being done on the Loire side and at the access to Canal du Loing to make this canal navigable again.
On the Loire side ANCO is responsible for these works; the canal is there navigable to Grignon already. But since this is still a dead end, traffic on the canal is still faint. Also infrastructure along the water doesn’t exist yet.

Places along the Canal d’Orléans
Chevillon-sur-Huillard / Chailly-en-Gâtinais / Coudroy / Sury-aux-Bois / Combreux / Vitry-aux-Loges / Fay-aux-Loges / Chécy / Comleux / Orléans


ANCO / Association pour la valorisation du patrimoine et du tourisme

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