Canal & River Boating Holidays

Holidays and activities on our canals and rivers

Welcome to Canalfriends, a platform for activities and holidays on our inland waterways and a broader concept of collaborative tourism on our rivers and canals, including the Canal du Midi, the Canal de Garonne etc.  The website contains all the necessary information to help you plan your stay: waterway characteristics, geolocated activities (cruises, boat trips, navigation, licence free boat rentals, bikes and canoes, ports, tourist offices, heritage …) (Restaurants, markets and local producers) and accommodation (campsites, bed and breakfasts, gîtes, boats, treehouses, caravans, trailers, yurts, hotels, etc.).  

Partners with waterways professionals and enthusiasts

Partnerships with leading boat and cruise companies enable Canalfriends to provide the public with special offers and discounts from members of the Canalfriends community. The team can also help you  find  deals best suited to your holiday needs. In addition to these services, Canalfriends’ brings together enthusiasts and professionals (barge owners, professionals, tourist offices, waterway authorities, neighbours, tourists …) to devise novel approaches to waterways  tourism and offer collaborative services.

Boatstop: navigate with a boat owner

BoatStop enables navigation with a boat/barge owners.  Discover our  waterways with enthusiasts, on foot, by bike, canoe or boat.  read more…

Downloadable e-travel guides

E-guides, in French and English, can be downloaded free of charge for your trip: the source of the Canal du Midi and e-guides on the Canal de Garonne as well as on the Garonne river and the Leyre river. The guides are updated several times a year to include new partners.  more info…

Join the Canalfriends Community!

We devise new services in response to requests from travellers and waterways professionals.   The Canalfriends community is growing, so join us! Contact:

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Canalfriends News

The Canalfriends Community brings together waterways enthusiasts  (residents, boaters, fishermen, travellers… read more

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Boating on the Canal du Midi with Timothy West & Prunella Scales


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