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Getaway on the Ourcq canal

PRICE : 46.00€ / pers

A nature day including a horse-drawn craft animation ... take your bikes!

Description of the cruise

Embark aboard the boat Pierre-Simon Girard to discover the Ourcq canal.

After crossing the Bassin de la Villette and going under the Crimée drawbridge, you will navigate in the heart of the Parc de la Villette, with the Géode, the Cité of Sciences and the Cité of Music

The former mills of Pantin and the impressive general warehouses recall the industrial past of the Ourcq canal, then the landscape starts to change, the city gets less dense, the rows of poplar reflect in the water, and in Aulnay-sous-Bois, the Ourcq canal gets back to its original size and becomes the smallest navigable canal of France

You will go through the lock of Sevran before arriving in the magnificent opening of the canal surrounded by the woods. The stone bridges and the forest atmosphere have already made you forget the city, yet so close, and you will arrive in the bucolic forest park of the Poudrerie, which spreads over 137 hectares, that the lunch break will enable you to discover, between a stroll under the trees, a relaxing moment in the meadows of the park and the discovery of the historical heritage of this site where was established the national gunpowder factory of Sevran between 1873 and 1973

After the lunch stop, you will be immersed in the 19th century and discover an ancestral technique of river navigation : the horse-drawn craft ! Our proud draft horse will haul the boat to go back to the lock of Sevran in the most traditional of manners. The boat will then quietly make its way back to the Bassin de la Villette.


  • 10:00am : Cruise departure from Bassin de la Villette 13 Quai de la Loire 75019 Paris
  • 12:15am : Arrival at the "Parc Forestier de la Poudrerie"
    - Lunch stop (lunch not included) and discovery of the Park.
    - You can embark your bikes ! (Please advise us when booking)
  • 2:15pm : Return to Paris - Commented cruise including horse-drawn craft (duration of the horse-drawn craft around 1h)
  • 5:00pm : Arrival at the Bassin de la Villette

Free for children under 4 years old (please inform us of the exact number in the remarks field of the booking)

Highlights of your cruise

  • A day gateway by the Ourcq Canal
  • Possibility to embark bikes on board
  • Discovery of the "Parc de la Poudrerie"
  • Horse-drawn craft during 1h
  • Lunch stop, and discovery
  • Passing the lock of Sevran

Practical Informations

  • Duration of the cruise : 7h00
  • Live Comments :
  • Departures : 10:00am from Bassin de la Villette
  • Arrival : 5:00pm to Bassin de la Villette

Map of the itinerary

Boarding point & Disembarkation point

PRICE : 46.00€ / pers



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