France » Canal de Roubaix | French Canal

A short link in the Nord Pas-de-Calais, reopened in spring 2010


Canal de Roubaix | French Canal: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Degree of difficulty: Some experience is an advantage
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: with urban surroundings, old waterway, to be rediscovered
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

River Deûle & Bauvin | France
Schelde / Escaut River | Belgium

Canal de Roubaix
Already in 1827 the first lock was made, soon after one got big problems with the further development for Political troubles and wars. It was therefore ready in 1877 only.
It was thought to be a way of transport for the textile industry of Roubaix and a link to the Canal d'Espierre and therewith to the Escaut (Schelde) of Belgium.
From 18th-20th September 09, the Blue Days took place here and the canal was navigable for the first time again.

Boating holiday in Nord Pas de Calais, at the border to Belgium
Advantage: It would be a short link to Canal du Nord over the Deûle to the Schelde (Haute Escaute) in Belgium.
Disadvantage: Passes from Canal de la Deûle to the Belgium border almost exclusively through industrial areas.
Tourism:
Worthwhile a stop if the bicycle race Paris-Roubaix might take place….
Roubaix has of course all shopping possibilities. For the moment, there is no pier but as soon as the canal is open all through one can count on a small port.