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The side canal of River Garonne in the southwest of France

Canal de Garonne | French Canals: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 194 km
Number of locks: 53
Lock dimensions: 38.50 x 5.08
Max. depth: 1.80
Max. headroom: 3.50
Degree of difficulty: Some experience is an advantage
Requirements: No license asked for hired boats
Character of waterway: back to nature, with urban surroundings, old waterway, to be rediscovered
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Good

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Waterway has access to:

Canal du Midi | Canal in France
River Baïse | France
River Garonne / Gironde / Dordogne / l'Isle | France
River Lot | France

Canal latéral à la Garonne
In 1856 works on the Canal lateral à la Garonne, along River Garonne, were finished and therefore finally exists a save waterway connection to Bordeaux. Before it was depending on water level  of the Garonne. But, sure on realizes that it was too late for this link. In 1858, railway charters the Canal du Midi for 40 years and gets all the freight on the rail. Canal du Midi is badly undertaken, no more freight gets from there to the newly built side canal.

Locks had until 1970 the same measures as those on the Canal du Midi (30.65 x 5.80), but they were then lengthened to Freycinet measure. Again too late! Today, this well looked after and charming canal ist mostly used by tourism. 

Information for a house boating holiday in the Aquitaine
A generous, well maintained canal with good infrastructure, very nice climate.

House Boat Hire in France, Canal de Garonne

Locaboat Holidays, Agens
, Montauban
, Damazan

Wine and Dine
It is self understood that one gets here also the different Cassoulets which originally come from Castelnaudary. It is a stew with beans and different ingredients, according to the regions. Native here are the many dishes with plums, for example Les Brochettes de Canard aux Prunnes, Filet de Boeuf Cyrano and Pupiettes de Poisson au Bruneau. All these are of course accompanied by fine desserts. Wines depend on the region, in the north east the very special Cahors, in the west the wines of the Bordelaise. Since plums grow here everywhere, one hasn’t to go far for hard liquors either.

Maps, books & guides for french waterways, Canal de Garonne

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

Probably the most beautiful guides of the canals of France... Midi-Camargue Canal de Garonne, Canal de Montech, Canal du Midi, Embranchement de la Nouvelle, Etang de Thau, Canal de Rhône à Sète, Lez, Petit Rhône, Canal d'Arles à Bouc. Languages: Engl./french/german 102 pages, size A4 2010 edition!

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.

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