Nivernais Canal

Characterized by peaceful waterways, lush meadows, charming villages and wonderful châteaux, the scenery of the Nivernais region is exquisite.

The Nivernais canal, built between 1783 and 1842, is one of the most beautiful in France. Linking the Canal Latéral à la Loire and the Canal du Centre with the river Yonne, it was originally used to transport wood to Paris. A series of 16 locks and 3 tunnels at La Caloncelle make this a unique journey.

The northern reaches of the canal pass through forests, medieval towns, such as the cathedral town of Auxerre, and delightful sleepy villages such as Cravant, which is seemingly untouched by the 21st century.

Hotel Barge cruises

Half board cruises

Self-drive boats

Locaboat : The Nivernais canal & river Yonne

(5 passengers)

France Passion Plaisance : Canal du Nivernais

Le Boat : Nivernais & Loire Valley

Locaboat : The Loire canal & Briare canal

France Afloat : The Nivernais Canal

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