Once upon a time… Les Canalous
Les Canalous is the story of an idea that has already come a long way in 35 years…
In 1981, René Carignant and his son Claude had the idea of introducing an original alternative to traditional tourism : allowing people to discover Charolais – Brionnais from a new and unusual perspective, navigating the canal aboard a houseboat… A crazy project or a glimpse of the future ? Arguably a bit of both…
Now, season after season, Les Canalous are attracting more and more fans seeking a different kind of holiday experience : couples, families, but also groups of friends and associations setting off for an adventure on the canals… Perhaps this idea wasn’t so crazy after all… Les Canalous are getting bigger. Having first started in Burgundy and Franche-Comté, they then established themselves in the South of France, Camargue, but also Mayenne, Alsace and, more recently, Charente, Aquitaine and Lot..
Eager to provide an ideal holiday for everyone, Les Canalous have also been developing their fleet : from the smallest to the largest boats and the simplest to the most comfortable of set-ups… there is now a wide and varied choice for anyone who wants to sample the simple joys of waterway tourism. Over the years, Les Canalous have become a big family and a hotbed of new ideas and innovative projects. This 35th anniversary is symbolic, reminding us that any little idea can evolve into a great story. It is, above all, a stepping stone in an ongoing progression – there’s no doubt that Les Canalous will have many surprises in store for you over the coming years…
France’s leading renter-manufacturer
“From Producer to Consumer”
Les Canalous is a company founded in 1982 in Digoin, Burgundy, on the initiative of a handful of waterway enthusiasts who were among the first to encourage holidaymakers to discover their regions aboard a houseboat.
Les Canalous is more than a travel agency – it also builds boats, including the famous Tarpon (a waterway cruise classic) to navigate the canals and rivers of Europe.
Today, Les Canalous, with its 41 bases in Europe, has become a reference for waterway tourism and offers trips for all budgets and all types of clientele (couples, families, groups of friends, people with reduced mobility, etc.).
Our confidentiality’ Guaranties :
- 1st French renter and manufacturer
- Specializing in river tourism for 35 years
- 4 ranges of canal boat :
- Premium : top of the range
- Classic : the reference of river tourism
- Low cost : best quality to price ratio on the market
- Access : accessible to people with a disability, labialized “Tourism and Handicap”
Experiences : Receiving guests at Les Canalous’ bases, along with 26 years in Les Canalous’ sales and marketing department.
I’ve been working for Les Canalous group for over 20 years, guaranteeing my knowledge of boats and the waterway environment.
Languages : French and basic English
Experiences : Embarkation and disembarkation management, receiving guests at Les Canalous’ bases, linguistic assistance during boarding initiation, after-sales service, 14 years in Les Canalous’ sales and marketing department.
Languages : French and English, German and Italian.
Experiences : 4 years in Les Canalous’ sales and marketing department, sales and marketing manager.
Languages : French, English and Spanish
Experiences : 3 years as a hostess on the Ville de Digoin tour boat, 4 years in Les Canalous’ sales and marketing department.
Languages : French, German, Dutch and English
Experiences : 2 years in Les Canalous’ sales and marketing department.
Languages : French, Spanish and English
Experiences : Boat sales manager and 3 years in Les Canalous’ sales and marketing department.
Languages : French, Russian and English
Experiences : 2 years on a work-study contract within Les Canalous’ sales and marketing department during her BTS (advanced vocational certificate), which she went on to build upon through a tourism degree.
Languages : French, German and English
Our engineering departments : visit our workshop on simple request
Do you wish to buy a boat ? Check our offers
Our engagements :
- Propose the best quality/price ratio on the market
- A multilingual team at your complete disposal to advise you on the choice of the boat and the area
- Very flexible Hiring Conditions/Terms
- Use your suggestions to improve our boats
Our sales team is at your complete disposal
Have a nice cruise with Les Canalous !