canalsonline magazine

the online magazine for the inland waterways

Whether you are an aspiring boater, a part-time enthusiast, live aboard permanent cruiser, holiday maker, towpath user, or someone who simply lives or works beside our inland waterways, you have come to the right place.

CanalsOnline Magazine is written and published for you!

Within our constantly updated content you will always find gallons of stuff to keep you occupied, informed and entertained, with useful information to answer your questions and special features of interest to stir your imagination!

products & services

two separate resources… all in one place!

We've created two separate resources to make finding the lifestyle products or services you require as intuitive and effortless as possible. Browse a huge range of products and accessories for your narrowboat, wide beam, Dutch barge or cruiser. Plus those elusive and very specialist services you need to help keep your vessel in tip top condition. And don't forget, if you enjoy particularly good service from a waterways company or individual, please let us know.

a waterways guide

to every navigable canal and river in the uk

You will find every navigable canal & river in the UK listed here, each with its own detailed guide. Organised by region and waterway system for ease of use, this invaluable resource is perfect for holiday boaters and seasoned cruisers alike.

Find the nearest bank, eatery, pub, supermarket, Post Office, or any other facility you may ever need, all within easy reach of the cut and recommended for inclusion by fellow boaters.


a social group for anyone interested in our inland waterways

Why not join our Facebook group [faceboat] to share your interests and experiences, ask questions and offer advice to other members. Upload photos and comments, chat and connect with other like-minded people across the UK, and beyond.

features & editorial

for your interest & entertainment

Read articles written by professionals and guest contributors on many aspects of waterway life. From technical information to canal capers, you're sure to find something of interest. And if you feel like taking the plunge and writing an article yourself, don't hesitate to contact us.

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enter our free prize draw

If you have ever fallen into the canal, you will know how hard it is to get out of the water. The Miracle Leisure Ladder is designed for such occasions, and here is your chance to win one!

featured roving canal trader

Sam Keay lives aboard her narrowboat creating Gangplank Spirits and Preserves from plants that have been foraged or from organic foods sourced locally.

canal is king

Author of the season is Bill Savage. His book Canal is King is based on his exploits on the Warwickshire Ring: hilarious, eventful, informative, and introducing some quirky individuals.

how to wire a narrowboat

Graham Mills continues with his detailed explanation of how to wire a narrowboat. In this section he looks in detail at power sockets for use with inverters and cigar lighter sockets for 12 amps

stoke art pottery

Just picture your own boat on one of our ceramic vases. A totally unique piece of pottery, hand painted by Leading Ceramic Artist, Tony Cartlidge. Each one will be signed by the artist.

caravan boat choose how you cruise

Take a look at this luxurious vehicle which is equally at home on the road or the water. Total freedom to explore anywhere - perfect for unique and unrivalled holidays at home or abroad.

a brand new radio station for the inland waterways!

Canal Radio