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Canal Ourcq, Paris

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The Canal de l'Ourcq is a 108.1 km (67.2 mi) long canal of the Paris Basin with 10 locks. It was built at a width of 3.2 m (10 ft) but was enlarged to 3.7 m (12 ft), which permitted use by more pleasure boats. The canal begins at Port-aux-Perches near the village of Troesnes, where it splits from the channeled River Ourcq, and flows to the Bassin de la Villette, where it joins the Canal Saint-Martin. Paris requires 380 000 m3 (497,000 yd3) of water daily for cleaning the sewer system, gutters, and parks. The Canal de l'Ourcq provides about half of the requirement. Since 1983, the waterway has been designated for use by pleasure craft, and its water is designated for non-drinking uses.The canal is considered part of the 130 km (80.7 mi) Parisian canal network, along with the Canal Saint-Denis, the bassin de la Villette, and the Canal Saint-Martin. The canals were created as part of the administrative management of water in Paris during the nineteenth century.GeographyThe River Ourcq's headwaters are located in the wet prairie near Fère-en-Tardenois in the Aisne département. The river is canalized in Silly-la-Poterie. Its water then follows an 87 km (54 mi) course through the valley and empties into the Marne River near Lizy-sur-Ourcq. Pipework diverts the river from Mareuil, where most of the water flows to Paris via the current canal.
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  • A nice activity to capture local vibes and to enjoy walking. The atmosphere is a bit trendy, and you get a different Parisian feeling. Tip: there is also some space for your kids to play  more »
  • Not much to see or do after "the season". we were there on three seperate days. on the first it was hail, wind, thubder & lightening. No restaurants open and nothing happening. it is not much better o...  more »
  • This part of the city shows you another face of Paris and is a must: Arty, trendy and a bit crazy. Start at "La Rotonde" (métro numéro 2/5 to Jaurès or bus number 26 (from Gare St. Lazare)) and then w...  more »
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  • nice clean place for putting my old grand mother and grand father they ll love the nice smiling people at the accuiell and also the food is great for them clean kitchen food is tasting good many choice and they look after old people very welll very feelling like home