Waterways in general

 
The Canal St-Martin illustrates the two complementary uses of waterways: for leisure and industrial activities
The Canal St-Martin illustrates the two complementary uses of waterways: for leisure and industrial activities
(© ENPC & VNF)

The first waterways were rivers which could be used for navigation either in their natural state or after modification. However, some waterways are man-made. These canals may or may not follow the course of a river and provide a navigable link between two previously isolated areas of water.

N.B.:

  • The information and technical documents contained in this section have been generously provided by the French Waterways Authority (Voies navigables de France (VNF)).
  • The source of the photos in this section is either VNF, ASCO-TP or the ENPC.

We would like to thank them for their valuable collaboration.

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History of canals
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Works on waterways
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The waterways network
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Glossary - waterways
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Increase in traffic
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Types of convoy
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Leisure activities
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Dams on rivers
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Banks
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