Caen Canal

Canal de Caen à la Mer (also called the "Caen Canal") is a small canal in the department of Calvados, connecting the Port of Caen, in the city of Caen, to the town of Ouistreham and the English Channel.

Running from north north-east to south south-west, the canal runs parallel to the Orne River which feeds it, it is 14 kilometers (9 miles) long, and comprises two locks. Digging began in 1837, and when it was opened on 23 August 1857 it was only four meters (13 ft) deep. It was deepened in 1920. The canal began with the dock at St. Peter's Basin (Bassin Saint-Pierre), in the downtown area of Caen. The canal is made up of a group of quays and docks. The current depth is 10 meters (33 ft) and the width can reach 200 meters (650 ft; in the dock of Calix).

The channel passes the side of the Château de Bénouville. The famous Pegasus Bridge crosses the canal near the village of Bénouville.




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