THE BOAT


Passage of the Fontinettes lock
The Fontinettes lock was buit in 1967 to replace the boatlift. The boatlift stopped working when barges became bigger and bigger. This lock is very impressive with its difference of level of water of 13,13 meters. It’s possible to visit after the boat trip Arc International, the crystal factory, so you will follow the “way of sand”. Boarding and disembarkation in front of the boatlift

 
Discovering the St-Omer marshlands

You will find one of the most beautiful and peaceful landscapes in our area and admire fauna (herons, cormorants, swans, moorhens…) and flora (water lilies, fields of cauliflowers …) and protected species. Maybe you will see “Marie Grouette”, an old witch who lived in the audomarois ditches. So take your binoculars! Boarding and disembarkation in front of the marina

 

Boat trip on the canal + passage of a lock + the Saint-Omer marshlands

With this boat trip, you discover Arques and the story of the Neuffossé canal, how to tow a boat on the towpaths when there was no engine. You meet barges and pass the Flandres lock with its 4 meters of difference of level of water, and you enter the Saint-Omer marshlands. There, you can see herons, kingfishers, ducks, water lilies, protected species … Boarding in front of the boatlift, disembarkation in front of the marina.

 

 

 

GROUPS INDIVIDUALS

Boat trips from 1st March to 31st October

- The way of sand* and passage of the
Fontinettes lock
- Boat trip in the St Omer marshlands
- Passage of the Fontinettes lock
(13m13 of difference of level of water)
Timetable about 1 hour
- 25 people : 148 euros for the group
+ 25 people : 5 euros 80 per person



- Passage of the Flandes lock (4 meters)
and boat trip in the St Omer marshlands
Timetable about 1 hour 30
- 25 people : 211 euros for the group
+ 25 people : 8 euros 50 per person


* After the boat trip, you pay the visit of
Arc International at the crystal factory

From 1st July to 31st August,
boat trips three times by week :

- On Saturday at 15h, the way of sand
(after the boatrip, if you visit Arc International,
you pay at the crystal factory)
- On Sunday at 15h30, the passage of
the Fontinettes lock (13m13)
Costs : 6,40 euros/adult // 5,80 euros/child - 12 years old
// free - 5 years old


- On Wednesday at 15h30, passage of the
Flandres lock (4 meters) and boat trip in the
St Omer marshlands
Costs : 9,50 euros/adult // 9 euros /child - 12 years old
// free - 5 years old

 

COSTS AND BOOKINGS : Tourist Office
03.21.88.59.00. or
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