On the canals

Interesting places to relax, the Ourcq, Saint-Denis and Saint-Martin canals are an invitation to stroll

The La Villette Canal Basin and the Ourcq, Saint-Denis and Saint-Martin canals offer visitors an ideal setting to relax. The banks are perfect places to stroll. Commentated sightseeing cruises are a wonderful opportunity to discover canal life and admire the Paris North-East from the water.

1 Stroll along the Saint-Martin Canal

Bateau-mouche, Canal Saint-Martin, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Destined to disappear at the start of the 70s, as part of President Pompidou’s plans to locate a four-lane motorway on this very spot, the Saint-Martin Canal was luckily spared such a fate. Today, it offers visitors a pastoral setting in which to enjoy a relaxing stroll.

2 Paris Canal

Commentated sightseeing-cruises on the canal Saint-Martin and the Marne. Private receptions.

3 Canauxrama

Canal de l'Ourcq, Quai de la Loire, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

The Canal Saint Martin offers an ideal setting for a romantic and original walk in the heart of Paris as enjoyed by its residents, from the place de la Bastille to the Parc de la Villette, allowing you to discover the north east of the capital, the famous Hôtel du Nord and the canal’s many locks.

4 Bassin de la Villette et canal de l'Ourcq

Pêcheurs au Bassin de la Villette, Paris © OTCP - Marc Verhille

Until the industrial decline of La Villette, after the Second World War, wood, coal, fodder, and sugar passed in transit along its long quaysides. Today, they are the location for attractive cinemas, petanque players, cosy cafes to warm up in, benches in the fresh air looking on to the lapping water, fishermen, barge-theatres, a water sports centre in a reconverted 19th-century warehouse, etc. In the background you’ll hear the cries of gulls and the referee’s whistle.

5 Canal Saint-Denis

Canal de l'Ourcq, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

The Canal Saint-Denis links the Canal de l’Ourcq to the Seine in front of the Ile Saint-Denis. A river shuttle boat service operates on this canal (and sometimes bateaux-mouche). Each year, there is more and more development of non-motorized traffic and green areas along its banks.