From Saint-Malo to Belle-Île-en-Mer, set sail on the canals of Brittany!

Brittany is a region with a strong sailing culture, and particularly renowned for its 2,730km of coastline, which provide a fantastic “playground” for both experienced and amateur sailors. But did you know that this hugely popular activity also gives you the chance to explore another, more secret facet of Brittany: its canals.

Indeed, the region has a large network of waterways that crisscross the area, providing further opportunities to enjoy the pleasures of boating.

From Saint-Malo to Belle Île-en-Mer, let yourself be guided on your way by the Brittany Region’s cabotage logbooks

As the coordinator of the CAPITEN project, financed by the European transnational INTERREG Atlantic Area programme, the Brittany Region is contributing to the creation of a European cabotage network. In order to enable as many people as possible to discover new tourist activities and sailing experiences along the canals of Brittany, the Region has published 4 cabotage logbooks, covering the itinerary from Saint-Malo to Belle Île-en-Mer via the Rance and the Vilaine rivers:

  • Section 1: Saint-Malo > Dinan
  • Section 2: Dinan > Rennes
  • Section 3: Rennes > Redon
  • Section 4: Redon > Belle-Île-en-Mer

These step-by-step guides present the various tourist attractions and particular characteristics of each of these areas, as well as the different services available and the sailing conditions that apply along this route from the English Channel to the Atlantic Ocean. They constitute a valuable source of information to help you prepare your itinerary and ensure you experience an unforgettable nautical adventure.

Enjoy navigating along the canals of Brittany!


Click on the image below to download the cabotage logbooks (available in PDF – French version only):




Prepare for your trip to Brittany and visit the website of Canaux de Bretagne: