France » Canal de l`Aisne à la Marne | French Canals
The « Champagne-Canal »
Canal de l`Aisne à la Marne | French Canals: Characteristics & Overview
Rating of waterway
|Length of waterway:||58 km|
|Number of locks:||24|
|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:||with urban surroundings|
|Profile of waterway:||Commercial traffic and tourism|
Waterway has access to:Canal de l`Oise à l`Aisne | French Canal
Canal des Ardennes | Canal of France
Canal latéral à la Marne | Canal in France
a Champagne canal
It is the short link between the northerly connection of the Oise, Aisne, Canal des Ardennes and the Maas (Meuse). This canal was finished in 1886 and is only 58 km long. Reims, the capital of Champagne is worth wile a stay.
is more or less concentrated to the city of Reims. One should take a least two days time for it. The harbor for leisure boating is only two minutes from the famous cathedral Notre Dame. One also finds many witnesses of its changeful history, for example Porte Mars, which was built by the Romans. Being in a sorry state after the 1st World War, it was rebuilt between 1920 and 1939, very often in a beautiful Art Deco style. But, magnificence shouldn’t be for long, soon World War two started. However, Reims got off lightly this time and on May, 7th at 2.45h the capitulation of the German Wehrmacht was signed here.
Having seen enough of the city, the surrounding vineyards should be seen. They grow the most well known vines of the World and one has everywhere the possibility to see the cellars and try one or more of them…
One world is enough as far as wine’s concerned “Champagne”! And where there is Champagne, Oysters can’t be too far. Enjoy in one of the very good Restaurants (for example Brasserie Flo) at least one dozen oysters with a bottle of Champagne. A complete different specialty of the area is pig’s trotter garnished with for example, goose leaver!