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

Keen to do your bit for the environment? Enter our free prize draw for a chance to win one of five Bilgeaway midi filters. They give peace of mind you’re not polluting the waterways.

featured roving canal trader

Shiam & John Wilcox live and work aboard their narrowboat 'Fern'. Fern Floating Fine Art is a nomadic arts illustration business with Shiam painting flora and fauna, and John creating the frames.

stoke art pottery

A very different personalised canal boat gift idea! Imagine your own narrowboat on a hand crafted vase. Hand painted by leading ceramic artist Tony Cartlidge in a scene of your choice.

how to wire a narrowboat

Graham Mills continues with his detailed explanation of how to wire a narrowboat. Part 2 shows us how to calculate voltage drop and choose the right wires for the job.

epic endurance challenge

In December, single mum Jooles Paillin who lives beside the river Soar, will be taking up the Tallisker Whisky extreme challenge and rowing 3000 miles across the atlantic.

enteron - no more pumpouts!

Imagine life on the canals with no need to visit elsans or pump outs to dispose of your toilet waste. The Enteron is the smallest sewage water treatment plant for boats, treating the waste on board.

a brand new radio station for the inland waterways!

Canal Radio