Burgundy canal & Nivernais

Here are some cruising suggestions : 

- Coulanges sur Yonne - Tannay - Coulanges sur Yonne  
54 km - 24 locks - 10 hours 
- Châtillon en Bazois , Baye , Châtillon en Bazois  
32 km - 16 locks - 9 hours 
- DigoinGénelard - Digoin  
66 km - 22 locks - 13 hours

Mini week
- Châtillon en Bazois , Corbigny , Châtillon en Bazois  
54 km - 76 locks - 21 hours
- Châtillon en Bazois , Decize , Châtillon en Bazois  
106 km - 44 locks - 21 hours
- Coulanges sur Yonne - Tannay - Corbigny - Coulanges sur Yonne
82 km - 42 locks - 21 hours 
- DigoinBriennon - Digoin  
86 km - 16 locks - 19 hours

One week
- Châtillon en Bazois , Nevers , Châtillon en Bazois  
176 km - 60 locks - 35 hours
- Châtillon en Bazois , Digoin   - One way 
117 km - 38 locks - 27 hours 
- Châtillon en Bazois , Coulanges sur Yonne   - One way 
72 km - 62 locks - 26 hours
- Coulanges sur Yonne - Tannay - Baye - Coulanges sur Yonne  
112 km - 96 locks - 35 hours 
- Coulanges sur Yonne , Châtillon-en-Bazois   - One way 
72 km - 62 locks - 26 hours 
- DigoinRoanneDigoinParay le Monial - Digoin  
140 km - 28 locks - 32 hours 
- Digoin - Chatillon en Bazois   - One way 
117 km - 38 locks - 27 hours 

Two weeks 
- DigoinLouhans - Digoin  
384 km - 132 locks - 69 hours

Three weeks 
- Coulanges   sur   Yonne  -  Vermeton  -  Auxerre  -  Migennes  -  Coulanges   sur   Yonne  
150 km - 74 locks - 38 hours
- Châtillon en Bazois , Auxerre , Châtillon en Bazois  
246 km - 178 locks - 80 hours

Most Important : Festival of the Snail ( 1st week end of August). Take a walk along the broad green lane which borders the central canal for 17km between Digion and Paray Le Monial . It roams through a landscape of copses and meadows.

  • Coulanges-sur-Yonne  

You’ll believe you’re in a dream if you choose to cruise along the  Nivernais  Canal , probably one of the most beautiful canals in France. The  Nivernais  Canal connects the Loire basin to the Seine while  travelling  through the beautifully preserved  Morvan  regional natural park.
Filled with history and tradition , this canal, built at the end of the  18th  century, will bring to life the story of timber transport from  Morvan  to Paris. 

  • Chatillon-en-Bazois  

Châtillon en Bazois  is at the edge of the Morvan and the Nivernais . The Nivernais Canal runs through villages, valleys, hills, forests and alongside castles. It is worth the view! At the junction of the canal du Nivernais and the Canal Lateral à la Loire, Decize is a central point of interest for these waterways. On your way to Nevers and the Sancerre vineyards, feel the romance in the air, taste the local gastronomy and learn the history of this charming area. 

To see : Ponds of Baye , ecomuseum of Brienne la vieille (collection of farm equipments , old forging workshops, mills, Blacksmith’s shop, etc).
To taste : Sweetened shortbread with Morvan honey.
To know : Built in the 18th century, this canal was used for a long time for the transport of wooden 'rafts' from Morvan to Paris.
Very Favourite : The town of Nevers

  • Digoin  

Digoin , in the middle of the Charolais country, is  the ideal place  to relax and enjoy the local produce. Over the centuries Digoin has become a centre for pottery as well as remaining a city of water.
Situated on  the junction of three channels , it is heaven for those who love fishing or nature. Throughout the various canals you can discover wild spaces, ancient Romanesque art and many craftsmen who are willing to demonstrate their craft for you (basket makers, cabinetmakers, potters or glass blowers).
Take the time to stroll along  the canal bridge  which was built from stone. It is a magnificent piece of architecture which connects the central canal to the side canal from the Loire. 

To see : The ceramic museum, the canal bridge, museum of costumes through the ages and the tools of ancient times, the observaloire .
To taste : charolais beef , Burgundy snails, plate of Canalous (4 fresh water fish), potatoes stuffed with Burgundy snails.
To know : Digoin is also crossed by 5 rivers: Arroux , Bourbince , Vouzance , Arconce and the Loire.
Most Important : Snail Festival ( 1st week end of August). Take a walk along the broad green lane which borders the central canal for 12km between Digion and Paray Le Monial . It roams through a landscape of copses and meadows. 

Navigation on the central canal  
Initially baptized Charolais canal, the central canal is used as a link between the Loire and the Saone and is 114 km long. It was used for a long time to supply the heavy industries of the area. Equipped with some automated locks, it is a channel pleasant to sail, narrow and winding. 

Navigation on the Roanne à Digoin  canal 
This channel offers a very shaded and very calm way to spend your holiday, encouraging many wild moorings. Close by there is the Brionnais route of Roman churches to explore. Punctuated by only 10 locks, this canal will take you from Roanne to Digion while passing through the Brionnais pastures where the famous, white, Charolais cattle graze. 

Navigation on the canal alongside the Loire 
With its three canal bridges, the canal alongside the Loire is a peaceful waterway which is punctuated by rare locks. From Digoin to Briare you can meander through the Bourbonnais countryside until you reach Sancerre and Pouilly , home of the famous wines.