Brittany's canals

From Nantes to Brest, from Saint-Malo to Arzal and from Lorient to Pontivy, Brittany has over 600km of canals to explore, travelling from lock to lock, surrounded by natural landscapes with their different moods, passing Small Towns of Character ('Petites Cités de Caractères') and picturesque châteaux on the way. On or by the water, by barge or kayak, on foot or on a bike along the tow-path – explore these protected areas, the delight of...

From Nantes to Brest, from Saint-Malo to Arzal and from Lorient to Pontivy, Brittany has over 600km of canals to explore, travelling from lock to lock, surrounded by natural landscapes with their different moods, passing Small Towns of Character ('Petites Cités de Caractères') and picturesque châteaux on the way. On or by the water, by barge or kayak, on foot or on a bike along the tow-path – explore these protected areas, the delight of anglers and nature-lovers alike.

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Canals by boat

Travelling along a canal with family or friends  – what could be easier? No need to be an expert navigator. You can hire a boat with cabins without a licence for the weekend or for a week. For day trips there are also electric-powered boats, or maybe you would like to try a short cruise.

More info on: www.canauxdebretagne.org

Canals on foot or by bike

For a trip lasting one or more days, the tow-paths are a perfect choice. Now part of the 'Voies vertes' (Green Ways) network, they are one of Brittany's 8 major itineraries, offering you the chance to travel through rural and coastal landscapes, past little ports and lively villages, all at your own pace.

More info on: Green Ways

Canals by canoe, or other small craft

To go with the flow and explore the canal, there's nothing better than touring in a canoe. And for kayak enthusiasts there are a number of  well-known spots such as Créharer in the Côtes d’Armor with its kayak toboggans, the white-water centre at Inzinzac-Lochrist, and Saint-Grégoire on the Ille-et-Rance canal, cradle of several champions, to name but a few.

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Plan your tour

Ideal for exploring the many faces of the canal, a touring trip will take you through the most varied of landscapes. Whether you go by boat, on foot, by bike, on horseback or by canoe, take a look at our 4 'Canals of Brittany' brochures below. There are also plenty of guides available for purchase. More info on: www.canauxdebretagne.org

Brochures to download

Detailed maps, unmissable sites, ideas for trips, and useful tips and addresses to help you organise your trip (accommodation, food and drink, etc.)

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