«Les écluses se succédaient, rapprochées comme des marches d’escalier de moulin, pour permettre aux péniches de franchir le seuil de cette fameuse ligne de partage des eaux qui faisaient dire à mes vieux que notre tribu «tenait le faîte du Monde occidental».
Le canal se tortillait donc pour se hisser dans cet étroit, où régnaient le bruissement perpétuel des chutes des déversoirs, les cascades de la rivière et les coups de corne des bateliers.
Le canal était une fraîche route où passaient lentement les péniches de bois parfumées de coaltar. Depuis les berrichons étroits comme barques, jusqu’à celles, énormes, de la compagnie H.P.L.M. au nez blanc et rouge, et qu’on appelait les ” accélérés ” ; ils marchaient toute la nuit, et ils trouvaient moyen de faire Paris-Dijon par l’Yonne en moins de dix jours ! On n’arrête pas le progrès !»
Henri Vincenot – La Billebaude
The Burgundy Canal connects Migennes in Yonne to Saint-Jean-de-Losne in Saône, bridging the gap between Atlantic and Mediterranean waters. It is 242 km long, includes 189 locks, several bridges, and a 3 333-meter-long tunnel at its highest point in Pouilly-en-Auxois. It runs through our region for 65 km and 30 locks, from Flogny-la-Chapelle to Aisy-sur-Armançon.
Construction began in 1775 and the canal has been in use since December 1832. Its heyday was mid-19th Century, when it was the main link between the north and south of France. The arrival of the railway saw a decline in transporting goods by water.
Nowadays, tourists benefit from the cycling path running alongside the canal. Discover everything on offer along the waterway during your stop-off in Tonnerrois!
Several associations have valorisation projects around the Burgundy Canal:
- Around the Tonnerrois: Ici et là – Une poétique du canal de Bourgogne : This association proposes to rediscover the universe of the canal through poetic and artistic approaches. Programming of events in season. Information: email@example.com – www.ici-la.canaldebourgogne.fr – Facebook: “Ici et là – Une poétique du canal de Bourgogne”
- In the Côte d’Or: Around the Burgundy Canal: The purpose of this association is the preservation, enhancement and animation of the Burgundy Canal. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org – canalbourgogne.wordpress.com – Facebook: “Around the Burgundy Canal – association”
Roam the Burgundy Canal,from Easter to All Saints day, cruising for a whole week, a mid-week break or just for the weekend. Discover the various renting options available at our ports and boating stop-offs:
France Fluviale: departures from Tonnerre
Contacts : +33 (0)3 86 81 54 55 – email@example.com
European Water: stay in a luxury barge between Tanlay and Venarey-les-Laumes
Contacts : UK Tel +44 (0)1753 598555 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ports and boating stop-offs
Find several docking points with access to water and electricity at:
- Flogny-la-Chapelle: currently under renovation (!) – Docking permitted.
- Tonnerre port: water and electricity connections available, showers, picnic tables, games for children, sports equipment. Prices (water, electricity and garbage disposal): Up to 5 people per boat: €6/day and over 5 people per boat: €17/day – Hotel Barge carrying passengers: €34/day – Hotel Barge without passengers: €17/day – Shower: €2.50. Port Authority opening hours (may be subject to change): from 8 to 10am and 6 to 8pm.
- Tanlay Port: water connections available and open-access to electricity. Local WC and shower open 24h a day from 1 April to 31 October: €8/night. Picnic Area nearby.
- Lézinnes: mooring point.
- Ancy-le-Franc: mooring point, water and electricity.
- Ravières: mooring point, open-access to water and electricity.
- Cry-sur-Armançon: mooring point.
Everyone in the water!
Canoeing and pedal boats on Armançon
Discover Armançon at your own pace and in total freedom by taking a trip in a canoe or pedal boat. Come to the Club to hire boats and sail safely! This is a relaxing and accessible activity where you will be immersed in mother nature.
You must be able to swim to take part in this activity. Reservation and the wearing of safety jackets is compulsory.
Further information: +33 (0)6 34 98 52 35 – Canoe.email@example.com, Address: Canoë Kayak du Tonnerrois, La gravière du moulin 89160 LÉZINNES.
On the edge of the Burgundy Canal and our rivers, you will find different spots to fish the ideal to enjoy a relaxing moment in the countryside.
Fishing maps for sale at Auchan (Tonnerre), Gamm Vert (Epineuil), À la bonne auberge (Dannemoine), Au bar du château (Ancy-le-Franc), Ancy alimentaire (Ancy-le-Franc).
Visit the Tourist Office for further information.
On the edge of the Canal!
On the Véloroute!
The Burgundy Canal connects Migennes in the Yonne department to Saint-Jean-de-Losne in the department of Saône and crosses both the Atlantic and Mediterranean watersheds. The canal is 242 km long and features one hundred and eighty-nine locks, several bridges and a tunnel measuring 3333 meters at its highest point in Pouilly-en-Auxois.
It meanders through 65km of the region, starting from Flogny la Chapelle and heading towards Aisy sur Armançon, crossing thirty locks en route.
This is the perfect route for those looking to cycle along a landscaped tow-path and spend a few hours, or even a few days, discovering this timeless region.
Feel free to ask for our “River Excursions” brochure in one of our five centres. It includes information on all the region’s services, shops, tourist sites, restaurants and accommodation located along the length of the canal.
If you want to go further, consider buying the “Vélibook” (cycling book), available in all Tourist Information Centres along the route. It contains information about the whole route with all the advice needed to organise your stay!
You can also come rent a bike at the reception of the Tourist Office of Tonnerre (+33 (0) 3 86 55 14 48) or at the Tourist Office of Ancy le Franc (+33 (0) 3 86 75 03 15).
There are several hiking trials both on and around the waterway.
The Canalside, Ancy-le-Franc – Departure from Place Champ de la lame – 20.2 km
On this route you’ll discover the Burgundy Canal and Ancy-le-Franc with its breath-taking Renaissance palace.
From the Canal to Armance, Lézinnes – Departure from the Camping Car Park – 11.4 km
In Tonnerrois, the Burgundy Canal is never far from River Armançon. Take in a whole new side of the Canal and its surrounding landscapes with this hike, discovering the region’s iconic Armançon River — the perfect place to cool off this summer.
Around the Castle, Tanlay – Departure from Place du village – 9.1 km
With this small hike you’ll explore our region’s most iconic built heritage, from the French Renaissance castle to the Burgundy Canal.The buildings are open to visits (only with guided tours) from April to October, every day except Tuesdays.
- Hôtel-Dieu Marguerite, Burgundy, hospital museum and the hospital’s cultural space / 1.2 km
Summer opening times and prices:from 1 July to 30 September, open 10am to 8pm, closed on Tuesdays / in October and from 1 April to 30 June, open 11am to 5pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays / €8 (concession) and €10 (full)
Winter opening hours and prices: from 1 November to 1 April open from 11am to 5pm (Hôtel-Dieu closed) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays / €4 (concession) and €5 (full)
Further information : place Marguerite de Bourgogne 89700 Tonnerre – +33 (0)3 86 54 34 79 or +33 (0)3 86 54 35 01 – firstname.lastname@example.org – https://espace-culturel-de-lhopital-de-tonnerre.business.site/
- Fosse Dionne / 1.4 km
Free open-access every day, all year round, further information: rue de la Fosse Dionne 89700 Tonnerre – Office de Tourisme à Tonnerre – +33 (0)3 86 55 14 48 – https://www.tonnerre-patrimoine.com/
- Saint-Pierre Church / 1.6 km
Opening hours and prices: Saturday, 14 April 2019, open 2 to 6pm in Tonnerre / 20 April to 29 September 2019, open 2 to 6pm / Sunday 21 and Monday 22 April, open 10am to 6pm. Contributions welcome.
Further information: Accessed by the stairs at the end of rue de la Fosse Dionne – Office de Tourisme à Tonnerre +33 (0)3 86 55 14 48 – email@example.com – www.association-saint-pierre-de-tonnerre.fr
- Notre-Dame church
Opening hours and prices: free open-access every day, all year round, from 9am to 7pm.
Further information : Rue Saint-Michel 89700 Tonnerre – Office de Tourisme à Tonnerre +33 (0)3 86 55 14 48 – https://www.tonnerre-patrimoine.com/
- Chevalier d’Éon Museum / 800 m
Opening hours and prices: April to November, open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for guided tours at 10.30am, 3pm and 5pm and all year round, booking only / €8 (full)
Further information : 22, rue du Pont 89700 Tonnerre – +33 (0)6 86 37 25 63 – +33 (0)9 67 22 94 03 – firstname.lastname@example.org – https://www.muséechevalierdeon.fr
- Coeurderoy Hotel, municipal exhibition hall / 1.3 km
Opening hours and prices: April to November open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 to 6pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 12pm and from 2 to 6pm. Free open-access.
Further information: rue Rougemont 89700 Tonnerre – +33 (0)3 86 55 30 64 – +33 (0)3 86 55 22 55 – email@example.com.
- Renaissance Castle / 350m
Opening hours and prices: open mid-April to mid-November, every day except Tuesdays (excluding those falling on a public holiday).
Guided tours only (approximately 50 min) at: 10am, 11.30am, 2.15pm, 3.15pm, 4.15pm and 5.15pm & outdoor visits from 9.45am to 6pm / outdoor visits €3 / indoor and outdoor visits: €10 – €8 or €5.
Further information: place du Château 89430 Tanlay – +33 (0)3 86 75 70 61 – firstname.lastname@example.org – www.chateaudetanlay.fr
- Green Giant Forest / 2 km
Free open-access every day, all year round
Further information: Communal Forest 89160 Argentenay – +33 (0)3 86 75 22 94 – https://www.facebook.com/foretsgeantsverts/ – www.alain-bresson.com
- Renaissance Castle / 900m
Opening hours and prices: open every day from end of March to mid-November, except Mondays (excluding those falling on a public holiday)
Guided tours (booking only) at 10.30am, 11.30am, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm (5pm from April to September) / €13 (full) to €8 (concession).
Further information: 18, place Clermont-Tonnerre 89160 Ancy-le-Franc – +33 (0)3 86 75 14 63 – email@example.com – https://www.chateau-ancy.com
- Renaissance Castle / 1.3 km
Opening hours and prices:Open April to end of October, every day, except Tuesdays (excluding those falling on a public holiday).
Guided tour (1 hour) at: 11am, 2.15pm, 3.15pm, 4.15pm and 5.15pm / from €8 to €4.
Further information: 42 Rue du Maréchal Leclerc 89390 Nuits-sur-Armançon – +33 (0)6 64 14 19 47 (propriétaire) – +33 (0)6 11 48 58 95 (guide) – firstname.lastname@example.org – https://www.chateaudenuits.fr
All along the Canal de Bourgogne you will find something to eat, buy local products …
- 1km / Restaurant “Le Ptit Gourmet”
Opening Hours: open Monday to Saturday at midday and in the evening, Sunday midday from April to September and Sunday evenings in July and August.
Further information: rue François Mitterrand 89700 Tonnerre – +33 (0)3 86 55 10 56 – email@example.com – https://www.hotel-tonnerre.com
- 3 km / Restaurant “Auberge De Bourgogne”
Opening hours: Open every day.
Further information: route de Dijon 89700 Tonnerre – +33 (0)3 86 54 41 41 – firstname.lastname@example.org – https://www.aubergedebourgogne.com
- 1 km / Restaurant “Les Promenades”
Opening hours: Open midday and evening, Wednesdays to Sundays – Annually closed in October.
Further information: 3, rue du Pâtis 89700 Tonnerre +33 (0)9 73 13 00 33 – email@example.com – https://www.lespromenades.fr
- 1 km / Coffee-restaurant-shops selling wine and local produce “Autour du pressoir”
Opening hours: Open every day – Service only available midday and evening from 15 June 15 to 15 September.
Further information: 1 – 3, place Marguerite de Bourgogne 89700 Tonnerre – +33 (0)3 86 54 81 05 – firstname.lastname@example.org – https://www.autourdupressoir.fr