your virtual waterworld

welcome to autumn 2019

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

win a year’s free RCR membership

rcr competition for one year membership

Enter our prize draw to win year round 24/7 national breakdown and recovery assistance, courtesy of River Canal Rescue. Click on the picture above to enter and enjoy peace of mind while you cruise.

winterising your boat

winterising your boat

It's almost time to start thinking about preparing your boat for the winter, especially if it going to be left for a long period of time. RCR give us several tips so that we can avoid costly repairs...

the mad hatter


Meet Lorraine Stevenson who with her husband Mark, lives aboard NB Mad Hatter. Lorraine crochets fabulous hats, and it was the fair trade hat in this photo (her Ermintrude hat) that first set Lorraine on her crocheting career...

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!

wonderful christmas present

book competition, misty books, Dave Robertson

Visit our new Books and Publications page for your chance to win three lovely children's books by Dave Robertson, or to buy them through Dave at an exclusive discount price. An opportunity not to be missed!

news & events

Birmingham Christmas Floating Market

We bring you a complete list of waterway events including  festivals, RCTA floating markets, boat jumbles, and historic boat gatherings. We also aim to bring you snippets of waterway news...