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The smaller brother of Dalsland Canal

Säffle Canal | Sweden: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 91 km
Number of locks: 1
Lock dimensions: 42.00 x 7.50
Max. depth: 3.00
Max. headroom: 16.00
Degree of difficulty: For beginners (few locks)
Requirements: no rating
Character of waterway: back to nature
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Not sufficiant

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Dalsland Canal | Sweden
Trollhätte Canal | Sweden

Säffle Kanal
is, as far as surrounding is concerned, a smaller, well arranged brother of the Dalsland canal and lake system, lying further east. It starts at Säffle and goes over the Byälvens channel and Glafsfjorden to the small town of Arvika. The surrounding is very idyllic.
Worth while a visit are the Criminal Historic Museum at Säffle, the old railway station of Swanskog and the iron trading station of Nysäter which is preserved to a large extend.


The waterway was finished in 1837, after one year only, and modernized between 1866 and 1870. The many factories in the back-country of Säffle got with the canal the possibility to transport their goods to Lake Vänner and therewith Göta Canal and Trollhätte Canal very fast and well. It had its best year rather late, in 1939. Then, it got displaced by railway and road transport and is used for tourism only today.