The beauty of the meandering River Seine captivated the Impressionists whilst Amélie Poulain chose to set free her beloved goldfish in the picturesque Canal St Martin. Paris isn’t short of famous waterways but the little known Canal de L’Ourcq isn’t one of them. And that’s exactly why I love it.
This lesser known stretch of water technically begins over 100km away from Paris near the small village of Troesnes. However if you follow the canal all the way to the city; which I have to admit I haven’t done (yet), you’ll find it eventually enters Paris when it joins with the Canal Saint-Martin to form le Bassin de la Villette, Paris’s largest artificial lake.
Paris is an unquestionably beautiful city but even the proudest Parisien would have to admit that all those quaint narrow streets can make you feel a bit claustrophobic after a while. A lazy stroll or relaxing cycle along the wide banks of Canal de L’Ourcq is the perfect remedy for those in search of a little breathing space.
Canal de l’Ourcq | Relaxing | Free
24 hours daily