In 1538, the Estates of Brittany were studying the establishment of a network of canals to make the Vilaine River navigable from Rennes to Messac. However, construction only began in 1804 under the patronage of Napoleon I. Completed in 1842, this route is punctuated by 237 locks over more than 360 kilometres. From Nantes to Brest, the canal passes through the valleys of the Erdre, Oust and Blavet, where you can stop over in charming villages.
Remains of an old aqueduct in Carhaix, the Moustoir chapel in Châteauneuf-du-Faou, Roche du Feu in Gouézec, whether you are walking by land or navigating the water, the stages of the Nantes-Brest Canal show you the Brittany region at its finest. Choose to walk on the towpaths, to ride in Malestroit or Rohan, to float by medieval fortresses or paddle among the fishermen of Saint-Nicolas-des-Eaux.