24 & 25 september 2016 : Discover the Canal du Midi’s water supply system

For the 350th anniversary of the Canal du Midi, discover the channels supplying the canal du midi, accompanied by canal enthusiasts and specialists. Choose your mode of transport:  on foot, by bike, car, motorbike, then by boat on the canal

The watershed

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Seuil de Naurouze

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Riquet’s Obelisk

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Rigole de la Plaine

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On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2016,  discover the channel system behind the Canal du Midi as devised 350 years ago by its creator Pierre Paul Riquet of Béziers.

Enthusiasts and professionals of the canal (cartographer, storyteller, photographer, museum …) will help you understand the genius of  Riquet and how his creation fonctions. Whether you prefer walking, cycling, motorbike, car or boat, the best paths on the 65 km of channel, between the source and the canal, have been identified.  

The weekend activities include guided tours, exhibitions and conferences.

Organise your weekend by selecting your preferred mode of transport, tours, accommodation and dining by booking directly with participating establishments

Contact us for further information, special requests or for participants offering carpooling, accommodation, …

Canal du Midi Museum & Gardens

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Saint Ferréol Basin

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Rigole de la Montagne noire

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Prise d’eau d’Alzeau

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Weekend programme (subject to modifications) :

  • Saturday : Prise d’eau d’Alzeau / Saint Ferréol
    • All day :  9 hours unaccompanied and at your own pace:
      • Hiking :  sections of  3km to 8km between Alzeau  and Saint Ferréol, Saint Ferréol Garden and lake (Basin)
      • Cycling: Alzeau to Saint Ferréol
      • Car or motobike : Alzeau to Saint Ferréol
    • Lunch: picnic or restaurant:  see the providers on the map or with the guide  for those horse riding
    • 16:00 : Canal du Midi museum and garden tour
    • 18:00 : Conference on the Baron de Bonrepos’ channels and opportunity to mingle with other enthusiasts
    • Dinner and accommodation:  see the providers on the map

For contact details of activities & accommodation, click the yellow dots or on the name of providers below

  • Sunday : Saint Ferréol / Canal du Midi
    • By bike : morning :Saint Ferréol to Naurouze, led by Sébastien/Avélo31
    • Hiking: morning :  Saint Ferréol lake/Bassin at your leisure
    • Car or motobike: morning Saint Ferréol/Naurouze
    • Lunch: picnic or restaurant. see the providers on the map or with the bike tour leader
    • Naurouze tour (basin, obelisk, ..)  & visit the minoterie de Naurouze from 14:00
    • Boat trip with commentary on the Canal du Midi between Naurouze and Port Lauragais from 15:00
    • By bike : from 15:00 unaccompanied and at your leisure  : Naurouze/ Toullouse or  Ramonville or Naurouze/ Castelnaudary
  • Extend your Canal du Midi discovery weekend:
    • Stay locally and sleep in a local accommodation Sunday night
    • Take a canal du Midi cruise

AVELO 31 : Bike rental and bike transportation

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Domaine de la Minoterie de Naurouze : chambres d’hôtes, restaurant, visit Riquet’s obelisk 

Licence free boat rentals : to suit all needs

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Philippe Valentin – Canal du Midi map

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