The hydraulic boat lifts of the historic Canal du Centre

  • Cycling a long the historic Canal du Centre to see the hydraulic boat lift
  • Historic Canal du Centre, hydraulic boatlift
  • Historic Canal du Centre, hydraulic boatlift
  • Historic Canal du Centre, hydraulic boatlift
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  • Water attraction
  • Industrial heritage

Visit the historic Canal du Centre and its funicular boat lifts. These timeless masterpieces are listed by UNESCO.

Situated in the province of Hainaut, these 4 hydraulic lifts, built beginning of the XIXth century, are standing monuments to the Belgian Industrial revolution.

Did you know they are used to help the boats work their weight through a height difference of 66m using a single source of energy: water?

Visit, walk and cruise:

There are different ways to experience the Canal du Centre, depending on what you feel like on the day:

Cruise on the canal and visit of Strépy

Starting at the funicular boat lift of Strépy-Thieu, duration 4 hours.

This cruise, complete with historic commentary, takes you through the locks, boat lifts and swing bridges.

A little train will drive you along the tow path, all the way to the machine room at lift number 3. You can also step onto the Strepy-Thieu boatlift: this giant made of steel is the biggest in the world. Have a look at the immersive trail "A land of geniuses" and watch the movie presenting how the lift was built.

Electric boat rental

From the Cantine des Italiens, you can rent a boat and cruise peacefully along this historic canal.

Nearby is an Interpretative Centre on immigration. Bring your own picnic or treat yourself to a meal at the restaurant there.

Bike rental

From the Strépy-Thieu boat, boat lift number 3 or the Ronquières inclined plane.

The regional industry has left the region with a network of towpaths, now used as tranquil foot- and cycle-paths. They are the perfect way to discover the boat lifts and many gems of the province of Hainaut

Boat cruises are not accessible to persons with reduced mobility.






From 01 January to 31 December 2018.

Open between April 1st to October 29th, every day but Mondays.

Guided tours:

Please join, at the latest, 30 minutes before the boat leaves. The meeting point is the welcome desk of the Strépy-Thieu funicular lift (Rue Raymond Cordier 50 – 7070 Thieu).

2 departures a day: 10 am and 2 pm.



De € 11.5 a € 14.25
De € 7.5 a € 12
Electric boats: 35€ per boat for 5 passengers, 45€ per boat for 7 passengers. Deposit: 50€ . Guided tours for individuals, large families fee applies: 11.50€ For group visits: 20 persons min.

Information sur la promenade


Duree minimum1:00
Duree maximum2:30



  • Bike hire
  • Restaurant


  • Cafe
  • Shop
  • Parking
  • Car parking
  • Cycle rack
  • Restaurant
  • Barbecue/picnic area


    Pets not allowed


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    Parking busYes
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    The information provided is an indication only. We advise you to inquire directly with the organisers of the event that interests you before you leave.