The Historic Canal du Centre

The cruises are available until 31 October, book online now

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 !

Conditions Covid 19

On the day and at the time of the excursion booked in advance, only the person responsible for the reservation goes to the Strépy-Thieu ticket office from 9.30 am or 1.30 pm


He/she will provide his/her booking details and will make payment by credit card only (in case of reservation without advance payment).


Due to COVID-19 measures, a 10-minute walk from the ticket office to the boat's departure point (morning).


The following sanitary rules must be respected by the public:


- Wearing a mask is obligatory (at the ticket office, at the boarding gate and on board the boat);

- Respect of the social distance of 1.5 m;

- Movement on board the boat is prohibited or limited to the strict minimum;


We take care to:


- The limitation of the capacity of the boat with external deck to 40 passengers (instead of 96);

- The disinfection of the contact points between excursions;

- The cleaning of the toilets after use.


No drinks of any kind are currently on sale, so be prepared !

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


Your relaxation and health are our main concerns, but to achieve this, our staff needs your cooperation.

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 Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

Enjoy your visit !

Check in at the ticket office 30 minutes before departure.

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

The Sloping Lock of Ronquières

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