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  • View over one of the locks in Dals Långed, in the Dalsland Canal.

    The Dalsland Canal

    Through Dalsland and southern Värmland

    Photographer: Roger Borgelid, westsweden.com

Considered one of the most beautiful waterways in Europe

In front of you is 260 km of fairway through a large scenic lake system that forms the Dalsland canal, from Köpmannebro in the south to Östervallsskog in the north. Welcome to the area with the most lakes in Sweden. A labyrinth of large and small lakes, rivers and idyllic, winding canal stretches. Only a mile is dug or blasted canal. The rest is 240 km long navigable lake system without crowding - just beautiful nature.


Opening hours in 2022
May 30th - August 28th 

Peak Season
June 6th – August 21st

Pre-season: May 30st - June 5th
Post-season: August 22nd – August 28th

Dalsland Kanotmaraton

August 13th
On saturday there will be a Canoe Marathon with a large number of canoes in parts of the Dalsland canal. The race mainly affects the stretch between Billingsfors - Bengtsfors, but there will also be many canoes and kayaks in lake Laxsjön and lake Lelång during the day. Boats have priority in the locks.

Low water levels in the Dalsland Canal lake system

Right now, the northern parts of the canal system have low water levels, due to the lack of rainfall recently. This currently applies to the lakes Foxen and Stora Le, north of Lennartsfors lock station. The fairways in the Dalsland canal still hold at least 180 cm, but always remember to take great care when navigating outside of the fairway.

Tickets and prices

From 2021 you can buy your tickets online and travel on the Dalsland canal more easily. The ticket is sent to you by e-mail and can be printed out or be displayed on screen.

The tickets for 2022 are available right now.

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A journey through time

The history of the Dalsland canal is a story of the will of the people, a crazy genius and how the future came a little too fast. A travel on the canal is a journey through 200 years of dreams and visions for a better future.

The aqueduct in Håverud

A crazy idea that came true. The aqueduct and the lock stairs in Håverud is one of Dalsland's most visited sights and a fine piece of history.

See & Do

The area is known for its beautiful nature and its rich cultural life. Arts and crafts play an important role in the area and those interested in culture will find many must-see attractions in the form of museums, exhibitions and craft shops.

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