Discover the Canal du Nivernais
Nature lovers, the treasures of the Canal du Nivernais await you
174 kilometres of serenity
The Canal du Nivernais is one of Burgundy's most emblematic waterways. It stretches through picturesque countryside, linking Decize to Auxerre.
Built in the 16th century, the canal was an important trade corridor, transporting wood, wine and coal to Paris.
Today, with its locks and bridges, it offers a gentle route for pleasure boating. Lined with signposted paths, the Canal du Nivernais combines history, nature and tourism in the heart of France, with panoramic views, authentic villages and vineyards.
The different ways of travelling the Canal du Nivernais
Whether you're a keen walker or a sportsman, there's something for everyone.
From the end of March until October, cruise the canal through Burgundy's natural beauty and regional heritage.
Enjoy a short trip along the water, lasting several minutes, or take a day trip.
By bike and on foot
Yves Montand once sang, "Quand on partait sur les petits chemins, à bicyclette" ("When we used to set off along the back roads, on bicycles").
Do the same on the voie verte that runs alongside the Canal du Nivernais. Alone or with the family, pedal your way through the unspoilt, bucolic valleys in complete peace and quiet. Or do you prefer walking? The trails are suitable for everyone.
Book your hotel in Auxerre city centre
After the effort, the comfort! On the banks of the Yonne, we welcome you to a former salt storehouse renovated as a 4-star hotel in the heart of Auxerre.
Le Maxime's rooms have a beautiful view over the town or the river for nature lovers. It's the perfect opportunity to continue your country-style stay just a few steps from the historic centre of the City of Art and History.
Other things to do near the hotel in Auxerre :
- Visit Saint-Étienne cathedral and Saint-Germain abbey
- Stroll through the stone streets
- Stroll around Place Saint-Nicolas
- Guided tours of the town...