Paris Canal / Cruises on the Canal St-Martin
Paris Canal / Cruises on the Canal St-Martin (departure points from the Musée d’Orsay/River Seine and Parc de la Villette – near Canal St-Martin) – this service provides morning and afternoon cruises from these two point into the four-kilometer-long Canal St-Martin, which was originally built by Napoleon to provide Parisians with fresh drinking water. Factories and were later built along this strip before they outlived their usefulness. These days, Canal St-Martin has become one of most fashionable and edgy spots of the French capital, with avant-garde galleries and old warehouses converted into lofts.
Canal St-Martin’s main shopping streets include rue Beaurepaire, rue Yves Toudic, rue de Marseille, and rue de Lancry. One can walk along the Quai de Valmy for its cafés and bistros, then cross the arching bridge over to the Quai de Jemmapes, where one can find the old Hotel de Nord, the historic Hôpital Saint-Louis, trendy dining spots, and a variety of hidden gems.
Visitors who have gotten used to seeing the ever-present River Seine get to see a part of the city enjoyed mainly by locals, as opposed to the central parts of Paris (which have long been tourist domains). Prices for these canal cruises start at €12.00 per person. Those interested in a ride on these cruises should book their reservations through Paris Canal’s website: www.pariscanal.com