Canal St. Martin: a Constantly Changing Area

Contrary to what is usually thought, Napoleon didn't spend his whole time to conquer other countries. He wanted to improve his citizens' lives and in Paris, he focused on a main project: the canal. Drinking water has always been a major challenge in the capital and he wished to solve the problem.


The canal sides became successively picturesque, industrial and recently fun and hispter. Between locks and swing bridges, the canal offers paradoxically a contemporary and nostalgic vision of Paris.


Standard duration: 2 hours

Price: 250€ (up to 30 people)                             The location of hearing system is recommended beyond 10 people

Flat price.                                                            Location: 2€/person for a half day


We will see together: La Villette basin, St Martin canal, St. Louis hospital, Villemin garden, Hôtel du Nord, bridges...

© Caroline Weber

From what age is the tour recommended?

This tour can is easy to follow for children, especially during the peak season when so many boats pass the locks. It looks like a stroll near a riverI recommend this tour from 7 years old.


Is there a day we cannot make this tour?

No, the tour happens rain or shine. Everything is outside, so no timetable to follow.


Is there a lot of walk?

The tour is 1.7 miles long. Breaks are possible on the way. 


Is this visit wheelchair accesible ?

Unfortunately, it is not. The canal sides are full of steeps with cobblestones, which makes the tour really hard to follow in a wheelchair.


Good to know

There are not many free toilets on the way, it is better to keep small change (50 cts, 1€ or 2€) just in case.

Dress apropriately for the weather.

There are drinking fountains on the way to fill a bottle in case of heat.