The Canal Saint-Martin, which links the Canal de l’Ourcq to the Seine, might not look like an underground destination, but a journey along this scenic waterway includes 2.5km of mysterious vaulted tunnels!
The original canal was built between 1802-25 to supply Paris with fresh water and prevent a number of diseases. Of course by the end of the 19th Century, Baron Haussmann had other ideas as he sought to build a moveable bridge to create the Boulevard Richard-Lenoir and serve the new industrial quarters. His engineer, Belgrand, masterminded the solution of enclosing the canal in a vaulted tunnel between Bastille and the Avenue de la République.
There is almost no light along this 2.5km stretch, save a few openings in the ceiling. Try to imagine yourself going back in time as a local merchant guiding his barge along the waterway.
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Numerous companies offer organized tours of the Canal Saint Martin from late March until mid-November.
You can embark from the Musée d’Orsay or Parc de la Villette. Prices and departure times can vary by month, so we recommend that you visit the Paris Canal Website.
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