your virtual waterworld

winter 2019 - 2020

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 classified directories. . . one marketplace!

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.


. . .featured this season

enter our free prize draw!

plug in galvanic isolator free prize

Enter our free prize draw for your chance to win an Inline Easy Fit Plug-in Galvanic Isolator - installed in only 30seconds!! Our winter competition is sponsored by Safeshore Marine.

winterising your boat

winterising your boat

winter is here, so you need to prepare your boat for the coldest weather, especially if it's going to be left for a long period. River Canal Rescue give us several tips so that we can avoid costly repairs...

featured roving canal trader

Meet Illia Price who creates beautiful works of art using lead and glass paint on board her narrowboat Caledonia. It's a great testament to her skill as a boater that she can carry so much glass aboard without breaking any!!

your post sorted


How do you manage your post if you live aboard your boat and do not have the luxury of a postal address? A PO Box doesn't work for important things like driving licences. We may have found the solution for you!

gailey wharf training centre

Richard Gray trains group in water safety

Find out about the most comprehensive training centre in the whole of the UK. Based on the Staffs and Worcester canal at Gailey Wharf, the centre offers commercial training for everyone who works on or near water.

tales of christmases past

Santa & narrowboat

Kerry Dainty looks at the lives of working boaters and how they celebrated Christmas through the ages, from early Victorian times when boating families emerged and stockings were hung aboard.