The Paris Summer Canal Festival, 6th July – 25th August 2019

We recently had a great time on the Canal de l’Ourcq with our little electric boat, and if you like the water as much as we do, l’Été de Canal (the Summer Canal Festival) is for you!

Every weekend during the summer, there are cheap boat shuttles (1€ / 2€) to transport you out of the city, unusual themes cruises and lots of special events on offer – concerts, balls, workshops, guided tours – with quite a few new events on offer this year…

It’s one of the main events of the summer in Paris – every weekend until the end of August l’Été de Canal shows you that the suburbs aren’t that far away, and that there’s a lot to see and do there!

You can take a a cheap shuttle boat (1€ Saturdays, 2€ Sundays) to get to Bobigny. The trip takes an hour and there are departures every forty minutes maximum (more info here).

And from 6th July – 4th August 2019 you can get a shuttle that goes even further, to Noisy-Bondy. More info ici.

There are also quite a few cruises being organised on the canal – a brunch cruise, a street-art cruise, musical cruises, a cruise called Gourmande et Cinéma that feed you and leaves you at la Villette just at the right time to enjoy a film in the open air, an ‘escapade’ cruise (with anecdotes along the way) that encourages you to rent a bike and explore the Parc de la Poudrière before returning to Paris by RER train or by following the cycle routes along the canal.

L'été du canal du 6 juillet au 25 août 2019

There’s also:

— an ‘urban art’ trail to follow, with live interventions by artists

a pleasure port just for the summer at Bobigny, curated by artist collectives providing various activities for kids

— concerts, and summer ball by the waterside (or even on boats) certain weekends. Information here

the Parc de la Poudrière to explore, with bikes, pedal boats and kayaks to rent

swimming in the dans Bassin de la Villette

— [NEW!] a concert-cruise of ‘harmonic music’ on 7th July (book here)

— [NEW!] a ‘concrete’ cruise including a visit of the Eqiom concrete factory in Bondy (book here)

— [NEW!] a special weekend of circus acts for the opening of the season (6th & 7th July)

— [NEW!] afterwork events at the Demory brewery on 12th & 26th July, and 9th & 23rd August at 6.30pm (book here)

— [NEW!] free waterskiing for kids (10 years and older) in Noisy/Bondy (more info here)

…and the list goes on. Make the most of all these great events!

L'été du canal du 6 juillet au 25 août 2019

The été du canal is every weekend from 6th July – 25th August 2019

Shuttle boats leave from the Bassin de la Villette (here)

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