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"Learn how to operate a canal lock!" Canal Saint Martin Tip by CatherineReichardt

Canal Saint Martin, Paris: 18 reviews and 34 photos

  Lock on Canal St Martin, Paris
by CatherineReichardt

There are a series of five locks (about one a kilometre) along the Canal St Martin, which were built to allow barges to negotiate the height difference between Canal de l'Ourcq in the north and the Seine in the south.

Locks are effectively small compartments along the canal which are isolated by gates. Once the gates have been closed, water can be pumped into (or can be released from) the lock in order to equalise water levels with the surrounding canal, thus allowing barges to gain or lose altitude along the canal in a series of 'steps'.

Lock operation takes some time - usually about 15 minutes from entering to leaving - which makes barge travel on this section of canal a leisurely (some would say 'slow') process.

Address: Bordered by Quai de Valmy & Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris
Directions: Between Rue la Fayette & Rue du Faubourg du Temple
Phone: +33 1 42 39 15 00

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  • Updated Oct 7, 2011
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