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This canal in Burgundy is surely one of the most beautiful canals in France.


Canal de Bourgogne: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 242 km
Number of locks: 127
Lock dimensions: 38.50 x 5.08
Max. depth: 1.30
Max. headroom: 3.00
Degree of difficulty: For beginners (many locks)
Requirements: No license asked for hired boats
Character of waterway: with urban surroundings, for sporty people
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

Canal du Nivernais | French Canal
Canal du Rhône au Rhin | French Canal
River Saône, Auxonne to Lyon | France
River Saône, Corre to Auxonne | France
River Yonne | France

Canal de Bourgogne / Canal of France
The canal of Burgundy is one of the most attractive canals in France
When the Canal de Bourgogne was opened in 1833 it was the first navigable connection between Burgundy and the basin of Paris. It leads from St. Jean de Losne on the river Saône over Dijon to Michenne on the Yonne which, after Monereau flows into the Seine. This waterway is still the shortest connection between Paris and the Burgundy. The canal is not used for transportation anymore since water level on the Yonne is often not sufficient and the canal allows on some places a draught of 1.40 meters only. You might meet a few hotel ships. It is however very recommendable for leisure boating. Once you left the rather dull straight distance between the Saône and Dijon behind you, you will find your-self in a very beautiful hilly landscape. There is the possibility for a roundtrip over the southerly Yonne, the canals Nivernais, lat. à la Loire and Centre back to the Saône. Provided you have 6 to 7 weeks time and are somewhat sporting (see more to that under locks!).

This is the ideal canal for boating holidays in Burgundy, be it for families or bridge rounds. Boats can only be hired on the Yonne side. If you like big cities, stay a bit longer at Dijon, the capital of Burgundy.


Houseboat Hire in France, Burgundy Canal

Locaboat Hausbootferien, Montbard

Leboat, Saint Jean de Losne
France Fluvial
, Vermenton (Canal du Nivernais)
Nicols
, Venarey
FPP
, Tonnerre

Tourism
Even though the canal crosses the Côte d’Or, you will not see any wine yards apart the ones in the Val d’Ouche. Passing these agricultural landscapes you will not find any of the famous wine villages along the canal. But Burgundy has always been one of the richest parts of France and one will therefore find a lot of other objects of interest such as castles and cloisters. Even though the canal crosses the Côte d’Or, you will not see any wine yards apart the ones in the Val d’Ouche. Passing these agricultural landscapes you will not find any of the famous wine villages along the canal. But Burgundy has always been one of the richest parts of France and one will therefore find a lot of other objects of interest such as castles and abbeys.

Waterway books, guides and maps in France, Burgundy Canal

Author: Editions du Breil  / Editor:  Editions du Breil  /  Language: German/English/French
Delivery time: instantly

Canals, rivers France - Burgundy
Probably the most beautiful guides of the canals of France... Bourgogne-Nivernais L`Yonne, Le canal du Nivernais, Le canal de Bourgogne. Languages: Engl./French/German 100 pages, size A4 Edition 2009!

Contains accurate and complete maps oriented north/south for easy reading. The Scale is adapted to the waterways, usually 1/50 000 for the canals and 1/25 000 for the rivers. Navigations hints at the beginning of the guide ensure safe, trouble free cruising and tourist information in English will help you find the best places to eat, where to do your shopping and the most interesting sites to visit along the way.

Prize: € 20.00  |  for map, book or guide orders