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.

.…featured in this issue

enter our free prize draw

We are giving away a Cobb B-B-Q, possibly the best known outdoor cooker on the cut. If you are a user of this product - win £150 voucher to spend on accessories and spares. 2 ways to win!

featured roving canal trader

If  you see a 55' purple boat with large cream flowers on, that is my gorgeous GillyFlower, so wave or stop by and say hello! My name is Peri the narrowboat weaver

author of the season

Author of the season is Ian Douglas, a storyteller for more than 20 years who has now written a book. 'Folk Tales from the Canal Side' contains many of Ian's favourite stories.

how to wire a narrowboat

Graham Mills continues with his detailed explanation of how to wire a narrowboat. In this section he looks at the size of fuse board that will be needed.

what did you do in the lockdown daddy?

David Robertson takes a whimsical look back at the days when our country was in lockdown, assuming that we have now got the pathway back to 'normality' safely in sight...

boat internet - a complete guide

A fully comprehensive and not too technical guide to attaining the best possible internet on your boat, whether it's for business, watching TV or surfing the internet. Everything you need to set yourself up!