The Pierre-Simon Girard boat, from the canal de l’Ourcq engineer, is the only cruise boat able to navigate on the smallest section of the canal.
The Pierre-Simon Girard boat will take you from the Bassin de la Villette to Trilbardou in Seine-et-Marne. Let’s go back in time thanks to a cruise offering a horse-drawn ride on the towpath to take you back to the era when the flutes of the Ourcq were travelling on the canal.
We suggest you to discover the secrets of the history of the emblematic boat of the canal de l’Ourcq.
At the beginning, its journey started on the small canal with Canauxrama in 1983. In 1999, a heavy storm made the small section of the canal impracticable. Canauxrama was forced to stop using this section of the canal de l’Ourcq and decided to sell its flute to Pascal Ragot who will rename it Léonard de Vinci II and use it on the Cher river, for about 10 years.
Because they were worried about the future of the canal, the Seine-Saint-Denis Tourism Board, the cityhall of Paris and the Ile-de-France region gathered and made a call for proposal in 2012. This initiative allowed Canauxrama to get a public financing to buy its flute and to undertake renovations. This is how the Pierre-Simon Girard boat now offers beautiful rides on the canal de l’Ourcq today.