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The two canals right across Paris

Canaux de Paris | Canal St. Martin | Canal St. Denis | Seine à Paris | French Canals: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 13 km
Number of locks: 11
Lock dimensions: 38.50 x 5.08
Max. depth: 1.80
Max. headroom: 3.50
Degree of difficulty: Demanding
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: no rating
Profile of waterway: Commercial traffic and tourism
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

Weitere Informationen

Waterway has access to:

Canal de l'Ourcq | Canal in Paris
LaRiver Seine Amont, River Seine upstream, Marcilly to Paris | waterways in France
River Seine - from Paris to the Sea | France

Canal Saint Denis & Canal Saint Martin
The two canals, harmoniously integrated into the French capital, seem today, with the big, modern vessel, rather outmoded. But they both were of great importance because on one hand, towing ships upstream was much easier (and the way to Paris became shorter) and on the other, fright ships had a direct entry to the centre of the City. This advantage is of growing importance today, rubbish and rubble are more and more removed with vessels.
With your own boat right through Paris?
Unfortunately only for those possible, who have a valuable boating license for France.

Navigating the two canals is a unique, fascinating experience and a completely different way to explore the City. One feels a bit like Maigret, who had to surpass quite a lot of adventures along these canals.
And then, the Queen of French Ports:
Le Port Paris Arsenal!
Really in the centre, next to the Bastille, only 10 minutes to walk to the Gare de Lyon etc. etc.
it’s a must! Be sure to make your reservation early enough!