The Canal du Centre flows peacefully from Chalon-sur-Saône to Digoin, past vineyards and ancient mining towns, before reaching the gastronomic land of Charolais.
A canal that flows past vineyards, meadows and beautiful heritage sites
This narrow, winding canal is 112 km long and offers a picturesque route between Saône and Loire along the EuroVelo6.
Since it was first dug out at the end of the 18th century, it has contributed to the economic boom of the mining town of Montceau-les-Mines, and is still partially in use today
This canal will lead you past the Côte Chalonnaise and Côte de Beaune vineyards and through the green Charolais meadows, used for cattle breeding. For a spot of culture, stop off in Paray-le-Monial, a hotspot for Roman art and pilgrimage, before going to admire the superb aqueduct that straddles the Loire in Digoin. It is an impressive 234 m long!
Not-to-be-missed along the waters
Artworks, château, pretty town, Roman art... There is so much to see along the Canal du Centre. You will be able to easily alternate between drifting peacefully along the canal on your boat, and some great sightseeing.
Why not come in the autumn?
Explore the Canal du Centre in autumn
The mild autumn temperatures make it the ideal time for a bike ride along the Canal du Centre. Or you could choose to explore the area in a different way and go on a boat trip, to admire the golden colours of the trees lining this countryside canal.
on a boat trip
Welcome aboard the "Ville de Digoin" boat.
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the water, through the natural environment. Admire the aqueduct and cross through at least one lock. The crew on-board is on-hand to unveil all the secrets of this world on the river.
Depending on the boat trip you choose, you'll be on one of three canals: Canal du Centre, Loire side canal or Roanne Canal. The geographical location means you can explore three different "terroirs": the Charolais, Bourbonnais and Brionnais. Whether you choose a standard boat trip or a cruise with lunch, you're guaranteed an enjoyable experience.