The Canal de Garonne

The Canal de Garonne

The Canal de Garonne crosses Moissac and serves a marina at the heart of the city.

Today dedicated to pleasure boating, the Canal de Garonne links Toulouse and Bordeaux. A great 19th century achievement, it serves as an extension the Canal du Midi which runs between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It was first destined to be used for commercial navigation and the transport of merchandise.

Four locks punctuate the canal as it crosses Moissac. One of these allows boaters to go downriver in order to rejoin the Tarn.

The Canal de Garonne does not feed into the Tarn, as the Cacor canal-bridge allows one to cross the river.

The Cacor canal-bridge

The Cacor canal bridge is an architectural marvel that allows the canal to span the Tarn.

At 356 meters long, carried by 15 arches, the canal bridge is one of the longest canal bridges in France. It was built in 1867 out of Toulouse brick and white stones from Quercy. Located in the south-west of Moissac, it has taken the name of the neighbouring quarter: Cacor.

Due to the technical prowess of its time, the bridge canal resisted the violent flooding of the Tarn in 1930. At the same time the railway bridge succumbed to the raging current. The railway was thus redirected over the canal bridge for two years.

At the marina and along the canal

At the heart of the town and on the canal, the marina of Moissac is one of the most welcoming in the region. It offers docking for the night with water and electricity, within a natural setting and close to the abbey.

Today the banks of the canal are designed for promenades on foot, bicycle or horse with hiking trails and bicycle paths.