The canal linking Nantes in Loire-Atlantique to Brest in Finistère is a 364- kilometre-long waterway, interspersed with 238 locks, which crosses the departments of Loire-Atlantique, Ille-et-Vilaine, Morbihan, Côtes-d'Armor and Finistère. It was built in the first half of the 19th century and was used for transporting goods. Today, it is a mecca for river tourism and is a delight for lovers of boat trips. Take advantage of the many cruise opportunities and drift peacefully along the water in the heart of the unspoilt countryside.
There are also many water sports available on the canal, such as canoeing and kayaking, particularly between La Pie and Saint-Péran, where specially designed slides will enable you to pass through 15 locks.
If you prefer to stay on dry land, bear in mind that you can walk or ride a bike alongside the canal, on the old towpaths.
Whatever you choose, be sure to stop wherever you fancy, for the canal has so much to offer. It winds its way through the most beautiful Breton valleys like the Oust, Erdre, Aulne or Blavet. Cross peaceful and contrasted landscapes where inland Brittany will reveal itself completely to you: valleys, mountains, expanses of green countryside, marshes... a truly pastoral picture! Pleasant and charming nature-based resorts await you, certified Stations Vertes de Vacances, like Châteauneuf-du-Faou and Rohan.
To make this bucolic trip complete, don't overlook the splendid built heritage lining your route. Stop in the historic towns of Redon and Pontivy, admire the castles, like Blain Castle... Not forgetting a stroll around the charming small towns of character such as Malestroit and Josselin. Be truly enchanted at every stop along the way!
Partie proprement nantaise du canal de Nantes à Brest, l'Erdre est canalisée depuis le 6ème siècle pour permettre la navigation commerciale vers le nord." onmouseover="this.style.backgroundColor='#ebeff9'" onmouseout="this.style.backgroundColor='#fff'">> Party itself Nantes canal from Nantes to Brest, Erdre is channeled from the 6th century to allow commercial shipping to the north. From the 10th century companion of Duke Alain Barbetorte have constructed the mansions that will become the first mansions Recreational or "Folies Nantes" in the 18th and 19th centuries, shipowners and industrialists, after the river has taken its final level with the creation of channel. 25 km on successive plain water and straits bordered by century-old English parks showcasing 27 outstanding mansions, put into perspective from the River.
De nombreux oiseaux, des petits mouillages tranquilles se succèdent où l'on peut admirer les nombreux témoignages de la construction navale de plaisance nantaise." onmouseover="this.style.backgroundColor='#ebeff9'" onmouseout="this.style.backgroundColor='#fff'">> Many birds, small quiet anchorages succeed where one can admire the many testimonies of the shipbuilding craft Nantes.
Des clubs de voile et d'aviron, mais aussi des sociétés de location permettent de découvrir l'Erdre en naviguant dans la beauté et la sécurité la plus totale." onmouseover="this.style.backgroundColor='#ebeff9'" onmouseout="this.style.backgroundColor='#fff'">> Clubs sailing and rowing, but also leasing companies allow you to discover the Erdre by browsing the beauty and complete safety. Footpaths can follow much of its banks.
Un grand festival de Jazz et de plaisance ancienne, "Les Rendez vous de l'Erdre" a lieu chaque année le dernier week-end d'août." onmouseover="this.style.backgroundColor='#ebeff9'" onmouseout="this.style.backgroundColor='#fff'">> A festival of jazz and old craft, "The Go of Erdre" held annually the last weekend of August.