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The canal begins at Bassin de la Villette and continues for 108 km into the fields and woodlands northeast of Paris. The basin was built as the destination for water brought into Paris by the river l’Ourcq, which was canalized for efficient transport of water needed for domestic use.

Canal de l'Ourcq

For complete descriptions and many more photos see the e-book:

EuroCanals Guide: Cruising the Seine and the Canals of Paris