The Historic Canal du Centre

The cruises will start again on 1 April 2023

Discover hundred-year-old boat lifts! !

Considered a pure masterpiece of Belgian civil engineering, the Historic Centre Canal and its four hydraulic lifts are one of the most remarkable examples of an industrial landscape from the last century. Initially designed to link the Sambre and Scheldt basins and thus facilitate the transit of goods from the North to the South of the country, the Historic Centre Canal is now exclusively devoted to river tourism.

Boat trip

Guided excursion / Duration: approx. 2h-2h30

Departing from the Strépy-Thieu funicular lift, board one of our promenade boats and let yourself be seduced by the bucolic charm of the Historic Centre Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its hydraulic lifts, the only ones in the world still in their original state and operating with the force of water alone! You will cross lift no. 4 and then head for lift no. 3 where a visit to the machine room is planned to learn the secrets of the manufacture and operation of these hundred-year-old lifts !

There is no access for PRMs. Bateaux électriques sur le Canal du Centre historique

Dogs are not allowed on board our boats. Bateaux électriques sur le Canal du Centre historique


From Saturday 1 April until 29 October, from Wednesday to Sunday.
Departure at 10 am and 2 pm

Check in at the ticket office 30 minutes before departure.

To book : 


For all practical information:

Please contact our sales department on +32 78 05 90 59 or by e-mail: - accessible from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Enjoy your visit !

Prices (for individuals) 

  • Adult
  • Student/60+
  • Family size
  • Child (4 to 12 y)
  • 0 - 3 y

Reservation required due to the limited number of seats on board.

Ascenseur de Strépy-Thieu, Rue Raymond Cordier 50, 7070 Thieu (Le Roeulx)

Our other visits

The boat lift of Strépy-Thieu

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