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Our business and mission

In formal terms, the company’s activities are based on the paragraph regarding objectives in its articles of association. Our work is based on the dual tenets: “cultural and historical heritage” and providing “a catalyst for tourism”. These branches of activity determine the company’s future direction and day-to-day activities.

Our business

Dalslands Kanal AB conducts canal and real estate operations. 31 locks divided into 17 locks, 58 locks and approx. 1.5 km of quays and jetties, two water regulation ponds, seamen and workshops are located under the company's umbrella. We manage land and real estate. More than 100 economy buildings and about 20 homes and holiday homes are owned by the canal company.

Our mission

According to the statutes, Dalslands Kanal AB has "to construct and maintain a channel link for use as a general route for fees, which is duly determined, also so as to conduct other business compatible with it". The canal company thus has to manage the operation, maintenance and management of its locks, properties, land areas, service facilities and bridges / bridges along the lake system. In addition, the company is responsible for safety devices for shipping such as fairway markings and lighthouses. The company determines and collects sailing fees and works actively to increase shipping in the canal system. (excerpt from the articles of association)

National interest in cultural heritage conservation

"Channel environment of great communication and industrial historical significance consisting of a system of locks and short stretches connecting Dalsland's many lakes, inaugurated in 1868 as a transport route for the Dalsland iron mills, sawmills and paper mills"

Expressions of national interest

In addition to the canal trail with locks, lock keeper housing and sea routes, where Nils Ericson's technology historically very interesting and for Sweden unique aqueduct at Håverud should be mentioned, a number of older bridges and buildings belonging to old iron and paper mills with older factory facilities.

Catalyst for tourism

The Dalsland canal as a catalyst in the tourism industry in Dalsland and Västra Värmland:
The canal company estimates that approximately 50 companies are directly or indirectly dependent on the canal company's operations - primarily the opening of segregation. In surveys conducted in 1996 by Resurs AB, it is estimated that approximately 30% of the tourist turnover in Dalsland (total turnover 1998: SEK 280,000,000) ie. approximately SEK 85,000,000 can be attributed to the canal company. The canal is the single largest factor for tourism development in Dalsland and southwestern Värmland. Similar figures have been made by the Gothenburg School of Business in 2003.