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Canal St Martin connects to Bassin de la VIllette from the Seine but it is also a destination in itself, a charming route through a pleasant and interesting section of the city.

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Tour boats, commercial barges and pleasure boats enter the canal from the Seine 500 meters upstream (southeast) of Ile St. Louis, passing through a lock into Arsenal Marina.

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At the northern end of the marina, the canal goes directly under Place de la Bastille as it begins a 2 kilometer-long tunnel section.

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The tunnel opens into the first set of double locks surrounded by a small but very pleasant park, used by the neighborhood of the 10th arrondissement and tourists.

Several cast-iron or steel footbridges arch over the canal as it continues north; two swing-bridges for cross-street traffic open to allow the boats through.

Canal St Martin

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

EuroCanals Guide: Cruising the Seine and the Canals of Paris

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