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Canal du Centre (France)

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Chalon sur Saône town. Saint Laurent Island behind it, there is the river port with the mooring piers for the visit of the city

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Chalon sur Saône town. Saint Laurent Island behind it, there is the river port with the mooring piers for the visit of the city

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Chalon sur Saône. Along the coast of Saint Laurent Island

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Chalon sur Saône. Along the coast of Saint Laurent Island

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Chalon sur Saône. The river port

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Chalon sur Saône. The river port

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Chalon sur Saône. The river port

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Chalon sur Saône. The river port

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Chalon sur Saône. The river area with mooring area of the river cruise boats

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Chalon sur Saône. The river area with mooring area of the river cruise boats

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Chalon sur Saône. Glimpses of the medieval village seen sailing along the river

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Chalon sur Saône. Glimpses of the medieval village seen sailing along the river

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Chalon sur Saône. Glimpses of the medieval village

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Chalon sur Saône. Glimpses of the medieval village

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Chalon sur Saône. Saint Vincent Cathedral

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Chalon sur Saône. Saint Vincent Cathedral

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Chalon sur Saône. Saint Vincent Cathedral

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Chalon sur Saône. Saint Vincent Cathedral

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Along the Canal du Center. Vineyards near the village of Chagny

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Along the Canal du Center. Vineyards near the village of Chagny

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Along the Canal du Center. Vineyards near the village of Chagny

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Along the Canal du Center. Vineyards near the village of Chagny

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Nautical charter base and marina in Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune

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Nautical charter base and marina in Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune

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Nautical charter base and marina in Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune

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Nautical charter base and marina in Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune

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Nautical charter base and marina in Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune. Various types of boats to hire

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Nautical charter base and marina in Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune. Various types of boats to hire

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Boat rentals in Saint Léger sur Dheune

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Boat rentals in Saint Léger sur Dheune

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Peniche, typical French river and canal boat once used as transport boat for grain, timber and coal

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Peniche, typical French river and canal boat once used as transport boat for grain, timber and coal

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Peniche, typical French river and canal boat once used as transport boat for grain, timber and coal

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Peniche, typical French river and canal boat once used as transport boat for grain, timber and coal

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Palinges Castle

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Palinges Castle

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Approaching the automatic lock near Palinges Castle

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Approaching the automatic lock near Palinges Castle

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Approaching the automatic lock near Palinges Castle

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Approaching the automatic lock near Palinges Castle

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Entrance and passage of a lock

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Entrance and passage of a lock

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Entrance and passage of a lock

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Entrance and passage of a lock

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The navigation on the canal resumes after the passage of the lock

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The navigation on the canal resumes after the passage of the lock

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Mooring dock before the Digoin river bridge

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Mooring dock before the Digoin river bridge

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The access road to the Digoin river bridge

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The access road to the Digoin river bridge

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The access road to the Digoin river bridge

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The access road to the Digoin river bridge

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Rest area near the Digoin river bridge

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Rest area near the Digoin river bridge

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River bridge of Digoin on Loire river

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River bridge of Digoin on Loire river

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Waiting to pass on the river bridge of Digoin on Loire river

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Waiting to pass on the river bridge of Digoin on Loire river

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Passage on the fluvial bridge of Digoin a navigable bridge that crosses the river Loire

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Passage on the fluvial bridge of Digoin a navigable bridge that crosses the river Loire

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Passage on the fluvial bridge of Digoin a navigable bridge that crosses the river Loire

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Passage on the fluvial bridge of Digoin a navigable bridge that crosses the river Loire

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Passage on the fluvial bridge of Digoin a navigable bridge that crosses the river Loire

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Passage on the fluvial bridge of Digoin a navigable bridge that crosses the river Loire

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Passage on the fluvial bridge of Digoin a navigable bridge that crosses the river Loire

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Passage on the fluvial bridge of Digoin a navigable bridge that crosses the river Loire

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Descent into the lock after the passage on the river bridge that crosses the Loire river

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Descent into the lock after the passage on the river bridge that crosses the Loire river

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The navigation resumed on the Canal Lateral Loire river just after the Digoin river bridge

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The navigation resumed on the Canal Lateral Loire river just after the Digoin river bridge

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The book of The inland waterways of France

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The book of The inland waterways of France

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Where is the Centre Canal

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Where is the Centre Canal

Chalon sur Saône town. Saint Laurent Island behind it, there is the river port with the mooring piers for the visit of the city
Chalon sur Saône town. Saint Laurent Island behind it, there is the river port with the mooring piers for the visit of the city
Chalon sur Saône. Along the coast of Saint Laurent Island
Chalon sur Saône. Along the coast of Saint Laurent Island
Chalon sur Saône. The river port
Chalon sur Saône. The river port
Chalon sur Saône. The river port
Chalon sur Saône. The river port
Chalon sur Saône. The river area with mooring area of the river cruise boats
Chalon sur Saône. The river area with mooring area of the river cruise boats
Chalon sur Saône. Glimpses of the medieval village seen sailing along the river
Chalon sur Saône. Glimpses of the medieval village seen sailing along the river
Chalon sur Saône. Glimpses of the medieval village
Chalon sur Saône. Glimpses of the medieval village
Chalon sur Saône. Saint Vincent Cathedral
Chalon sur Saône. Saint Vincent Cathedral
Chalon sur Saône. Saint Vincent Cathedral
Chalon sur Saône. Saint Vincent Cathedral
Along the Canal du Center. Vineyards near the village of Chagny
Along the Canal du Center. Vineyards near the village of Chagny
Along the Canal du Center. Vineyards near the village of Chagny
Along the Canal du Center. Vineyards near the village of Chagny
Nautical charter base and marina in Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune
Nautical charter base and marina in Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune
Nautical charter base and marina in Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune
Nautical charter base and marina in Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune
Nautical charter base and marina in Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune. Various types of boats to hire
Nautical charter base and marina in Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune. Various types of boats to hire
Boat rentals in Saint Léger sur Dheune
Boat rentals in Saint Léger sur Dheune
Peniche, typical French river and canal boat once used as transport boat for grain, timber and coal
Peniche, typical French river and canal boat once used as transport boat for grain, timber and coal
Peniche, typical French river and canal boat once used as transport boat for grain, timber and coal
Peniche, typical French river and canal boat once used as transport boat for grain, timber and coal
Palinges Castle
Palinges Castle
Approaching the automatic lock near Palinges Castle
Approaching the automatic lock near Palinges Castle
Approaching the automatic lock near Palinges Castle
Approaching the automatic lock near Palinges Castle
Entrance and passage of a lock
Entrance and passage of a lock
Entrance and passage of a lock
Entrance and passage of a lock
The navigation on the canal resumes after the passage of the lock
The navigation on the canal resumes after the passage of the lock
Mooring dock before the Digoin river bridge
Mooring dock before the Digoin river bridge
The access road to the Digoin river bridge
The access road to the Digoin river bridge
The access road to the Digoin river bridge
The access road to the Digoin river bridge
Rest area near the Digoin river bridge
Rest area near the Digoin river bridge
River bridge of Digoin on Loire river
River bridge of Digoin on Loire river
Waiting to pass on the river bridge of Digoin on Loire river
Waiting to pass on the river bridge of Digoin on Loire river
Passage on the fluvial bridge of Digoin a navigable bridge that crosses the river Loire
Passage on the fluvial bridge of Digoin a navigable bridge that crosses the river Loire
Passage on the fluvial bridge of Digoin a navigable bridge that crosses the river Loire
Passage on the fluvial bridge of Digoin a navigable bridge that crosses the river Loire
Passage on the fluvial bridge of Digoin a navigable bridge that crosses the river Loire
Passage on the fluvial bridge of Digoin a navigable bridge that crosses the river Loire
Passage on the fluvial bridge of Digoin a navigable bridge that crosses the river Loire
Passage on the fluvial bridge of Digoin a navigable bridge that crosses the river Loire
Descent into the lock after the passage on the river bridge that crosses the Loire river
Descent into the lock after the passage on the river bridge that crosses the Loire river
The navigation resumed on the Canal Lateral Loire river just after the Digoin river bridge
The navigation resumed on the Canal Lateral Loire river just after the Digoin river bridge
The book of The inland waterways of France
The book of The inland waterways of France
Where is the Centre Canal
Where is the Centre Canal

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By: Carlo Piccinelli ID: 123

Canal du Centre on Google Maps.
The Canal du Center, built in the late eighteenth century, immediately became an important link between the agricultural territories of the Loire basin and the industrial areas of the Saône and Rhône increasing trade with the markets of the south, with Paris and the northwest French. With the industrial crisis, the channel lost importance, but since the end of the eighties, thanks to tourism that has allowed the restructuring of important territorial works and the policy of development of the municipalities that have encouraged cycling routes and guided visits to museums and towns, the Canal du Center has seen an international boom with charter boat tourism visiting the wine cellars of central-eastern France. Ports of departure and arrival Chalon sur Saône and Digoin. Length of the route on the canal 115 km. Number of locks 61. Navigable from April to October.
Links for more informations:
Atout France: www.france.fr
Rent a boat: www.leboat.com