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!

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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.

If you've enjoyed particularly good service from a 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.

Become an 'Active Cruiser' and help to keep our canal and river guides up to date.

features & editorial

for your interest & entertainment

Our Editorial Section consists of contributions by a wide diversity of authors, from teenagers too octogenarians, all connected in some way with our waterways. You will find entertaining and informative articles on just about anything  - including glimpses into the history of canals and boating, cooking on board, boating electrics, and all aspects of life on board.

Our Features Section contains current and archived material provided by specialist companies and is full of technical information and guides to choosing or buying specific merchandise. Plus glimpses into the faces behind the companies offering products and services to the boating community.

Why not join our team of contributors and WRITE FOR US.

narrowboat holidays

narrowboat holidays

Take a real break and cruise the inland waterways and rivers of the UK. With a narrowboat holiday, you will experience a part of the past, roving through our industrial heritage and finding places you never knew existed. Navigating your way through our waterways is a true adventure, enabling you to learn new disciplines and embrace a completely different way of life. We feature some of the best hire fleet companies with the experience and commitment in making your holiday afloat one that you will remember for a long, long time.

goodwin plastics boat water tanks

featured in this edition...

free prize draw

This season we bring you an amazing prize to be won. Recoheat makes a unique pumped-air heat recovery unit for solid fuel stoves. Fits into the flue of a stove and pumps warm air throughout.

winter warmers

Here's a few ideas on how to keep warmer this winter. Check out these suggestions. We also provide a link to our 'Fuels for Narrowboats' page where you can find information on fuels delivered to your boat.

author of the season

Gill Shaw has been a professional and highly successful photographer of people for more than 25 years. She is an Associate of the Master Photographers Association and Royal Photographic Association.

cooking on the cut

Lisa Munday , our resident boating chef, concentrates on summer salads, dips and dressings, and on BBQ cooking on her Cobb BBQ Oven. She even manages to cook delicious pizzas on the Cobb...

how to wire a narrowboat

In 'How to Wire a Narrowboat' Graham Mills takes us through the entire process in painstaking detail. He also shows us the best way to wire our leisure batteries. In fact, he is a mine of information.

boaters protest

On a bright, blue-sky day in November, I happened upon a clutch of banner wielding, trumpet tooting crowds. On a whim I had decided to see for myself the protest march on the CRT’s head office in Birmingam.

narrowboat faces


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.

Republished fresh every season bringing you news and events, unmissable stories and editorial along with fascinating features