IWI’s campaigning work is conducted on behalf of its members, and particularly all the collective bodies that are identified below. Scroll down the page to see brief profiles and links to the web sites of other organisations involved in managing and promoting canals and waterways. Members are grouped by category: [1] international bodies – [2] waterway authorities – [3] waterway operators (transport or tourism) – [4] regions/local authorities – [5] associations, societies, trusts, foundations – [6] publishers, media, consultants, industry.

1. International bodies

PIANC - the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure
The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, founded 1885
(Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium)

World Historic and Cultural Canal Cities Cooperation Organization (Secretariat in Yangzhou, China)

2. Waterway authorities

Canal & River Trust
Canal & River Trust

Parks Canada
Parks Canada

Waterways Ireland

Göta Canal Company

Scottish Canals
New York State CanalCorporation
New York State
Canal Corporation (USA)
Czech Inland Navigation AuthorityCzech Inland Navigation Authority (Czech Republic) Dalslands Kanal logo
Dalslands Kanal AB
Voies Navigables de France (France)
Czech Waterways DirectorateCzech Waterways Directorate
(Czech Republic)
Waterways of India
National Inland Waterways
Authority (Nigeria)
Inland Waterways Authority of India
Inland Waterways Authority of India (India)
Sjöfartsverket logoSjöfartsverket –
Trollhätte Kanal (Sweden)
Logo Flemish WaterwaysDe Vlaamse Waterweg
  logo rijkswaterstaat Ministry of Infrastructure
and Water Management

3. Waterway operators (transport, tourism and boats)

Hobbs of Henley logoHobbs of Henley (UK) NautiV
NautiV (Flemish Nautical Industries) (Belgium)

Braunston Marina
Linssen Boating Holidays
Linssen Boating Holidays
logo-aquitaine-navigation-redAquitaine Navigation (France) Linssen Yachts
Linssen Yachts
logo-wetterwille-redJachthaven Wetterwille
logo-tingdeneTingdene Marinas Ltd
Ontario Waterway Cruises (Canada)
Locaboat HolidaysLocaboat Holidays
Aqua Libra Exclusive CharterAqua Libra Yachtcharter
logo-castelmoron-nautic-redCastelmoron Nautic
Kuhnle ToursKuhnle Tours
Scarano BoatsScarano Boats (USA) HISWA RECRON logoHISWA RECRON Holland Marine Industry (Netherlands)
Jonkers Yachts B.V. (Netherlands) Saimaa CharterSaimaacharter Ltd
Marec logoMAREC Marinas
Logo MosanautMosaNaut Boat
Maintenance (Belgium)

Backwaters Cruising

Backwaters Cruises
Ltd (UK) 

Les CanalousLes Canalous (France)

Roam and Roost

Roam & Roost Canal Boat Holidays (UK)

Finnish Passenger Boat AssociationFinnish Passenger Boat Association (Finland)

4. Regional/local authorities

City of GhentStad Gent
NaviSaimaa South Karelia Regional CouncilSouth Karelia Regional Council

Escales Fluviales de Bretagne
Entente Vallée du Lot
Syndicat Mixte du
Bassin du Lot
Maasgouw town logoGemeente Maasgouw (Netherlands) logo-visitbydgoszcz_140
City of Bydgoszcz
Erie Canalway logoErie Canalway National
Heritage Corridor (USA)
Town of Hancock MarylandTown of Hancock
Maryland (USA)
  Wassertourismus Initiative NordbrandenburgWassertourismus Initiative Nordbrandenburg (Germany)    

5. Associations, societies, trusts, foundations

Czech Waterways Assn.
(Czech Republic)
Inland Waterways
Association (UK)
The Barge Association
(based UK)

Canal Society of New York State (USA)

Saale-Elster Kanal
Förderverein (Germany)
Danube Propeller logoDanube Propeller
Lys Sans FrontièresLys Sans Frontières

Unser Finowkanal

Monmouth., Brecon & Abergavenny Canals (UK)
Lingqu Canal Museum
Lingqu Canal Museum,
Xing’an, Guilin (China)
logoadrAlliance des Rhodaniens (France)
Inland Waterways Assn. of Ireland (Ireland – UK)

Flemish Recreational Boating Federation (Belgium)

Assn. of Swedish & Norwegian Canals (Sweden-Norway)
logo-acs-redAustralian Canal Society (Australia) logo-civilta-215-109Centro Internazionale Civiltà dell’Acqua (Italy)
logo-c-and-o-redChesapeake & Ohio Canal Association (USA) Schleusenverein SwitzerlandSchleusenverein
Royal Canal IrelandRoyal Canal Amenity Group (Ireland) The Cruising Association logoThe Cruising Association (UK)
PrintDelaware Canal 21

American Canal Society logoAmerican Canal Society

Association of Finnish WaterwaysAssociation of Finnish Waterways (Finland) Navicula PolandNavicula Association of Elbląg Canal Admirers (Poland)

6. Publishers, media, consultants, industry

Logo Editions du Breil
Editions du Breil
waterway guides (France)
Wijma KampenWijma Kampen b.V
(UK – France)

Transmanche Consultants (France)
Logo Messe Düsseldorf
Messe Düsseldorf
Kuiper Marine InsuranceKuiper Verzekeringen
McMullan & Associates
Vrolijks Blue ProgressVrolijks Bureau
  B-Mar Marine InsuranceB-MAR Marine Insurance
logo-biomatrixBiomatrix Water
  Phoenix Publishing and Media Group LtdPhoenix Publishing &
Media Group Ltd
  Konkaav logo
Consultancy & Innovation

Other sites and links

  • European Boating Association: EU campaigning and lobbying on behalf of all boatowners and the marine industry. Site maintained and regularly updated by EBA officers.
  • National Waterways Conference: The National Waterways Conference was founded to ensure adequate waterways investment in the USA and to encourage a sensible approach to user taxes and fees.
  • Waterways Council: The USA body, chaired by Tim Parker, advocates development of the nation’s waterway infrastructure (‘Keep America Moving’), providing family-wage jobs, supporting exports, and protecting the environment. The waterways relieve traffic congestion, are the most energy-efficient mode of surface transportation, and are vital to the nation’s agriculture, manufacturing and energy sectors.
  • American Canal Society: Dedicated to Historic Canal Research, Preservation, Restoration, and Parks. The society was formed in 1972 to promote the wise use of America’s many historic canal resources.
  • New York State Canal System: Site invites visitors to the historic Erie Canal (formerly Barge Canal) system, to “cruise the past, unlock the adventure”. A unique, operating heritage waterway in USA.
  • The Trent-Severn Waterway: A photo and cruising guide for the beautiful Trent-Severn Waterway, in Ontario, Canada. Part of North America’s ‘Great Loop’ circle route, this 240-mile long chain of lakes and rivers are connected through a series of canals locks, including the 2 tallest lift locks in the world.
  • Canal Society of New Jersey: A non-profit organization formed in 1969 to preserve, restore and promote the history of the New Jersey’s canals, especially the exceptional Morris Canal with its preserved locks and inclined planes.
  • Lachine canal : Located in Montreal, the Lachine Canal runs 14.5 kilometres from the Old Port to Lake Saint-Louis.
  • EuroCanals : digital guides to French and European waterways by Tom Sommers
  • Canal Society of Ohio
  • Augusta Canal
  • Hans Grüner, Nürnberg: Extensive documentation on both the current and historic (King Ludwig’s) canals between the Rhine (Main) and Danube in Germany. Link takes you to the pages on the new (1992) canal. Pages for the old canal. D

Do you have a canal or waterways site that you would like us to link to ? If so, mail us with a few details and we will review your site. We will notify you by return mail of your inclusion in our links page.

Aalto Engineering, Finland Afmitech Friesland b.V., Netherlands Alliance des Rhodaniens, FranceAqua Libra, BelgiumAquamatix, UKAssn pour le Développement du Tourisme Fluvial, FranceAustralian Canal Society, AustraliaB-MAR Marine Insurance, BelgiumBest Boats International Yachtbroker, NetherlandsBiomatrix Solutions, UKBraunston Marina Ltd, UKBydgoszcz City Council, PolandCanal and River Trust, UKCanals Group (The), CanadaCanaux de Bretagne, FranceCastelmoron Nautic, FranceCentro Internazionale Civiltà dell’Acqua, ItalyChesapeake and Ohio Canal Association, USACotswold Canals Trust, UKDalslands Kanal AB, SwedenDanube Propeller, SerbiaDBA The Barge Association, UKDelaware Canal 21, USAEditions du Breil, FranceEntente Interdépartementale du Bassin du Lot, FranceErie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, USAFrance Fluviale, FranceGöta Kanalbolag AB, SwedenTown of Hancock, USAHISWA Holland Marine Industry, NetherlandsHobbs of Henley, UKInland Waterways Association, UKInland Waterways Association of Ireland, IrelandInland Waterways Authority of India, IndiaInland Waterways Development Association of Nigeria, NigeriaJachthaven Wetterwille, NetherlandsKuhnle Tours, GermanyLeBoat (Crown Travel), UKLinssen & Linssen Boating Holidays, BelgiumLinssen Yachts, NetherlandsLocaboat Holidays, FranceLys Sans Frontières, FranceMAREC D.V. Maasland Recreation Centre, BelgiumMcMullan & Associates, Inc., USAMesse Düsseldorf GmbH, GermanyMonmouthshire, Brecon & Abergavenny Canals Trust, UKMosanaut, BelgiumMusée et Jardins du Canal du Midi, FranceNational Inland Waterways Authority, NigeriaNautische Boulevard Wessem, NetherlandsNAUTIV vzw, BelgiumNetzwerk Deutsche Wasserwege, GermanyNew York State Canal Corporation, USAOntario Waterway Cruises Inc, CanadaParks Canada, CanadaPhoenix Science Press Ltd, ChinaPlavba a vodni cesty, Czech Rep.Rabobank Peel, Maas en Leudal, NetherlandsŘeditelství vodních cest ČR, Czech Rep.Royal Canal Amenity Group Ltd., IrelandSaale-Ester Kanal Förderverein e.V., GermanyScarano Boat, USAScottish Canals, UKScottish Waterways Trust, UKSjöfartsverket, SwedenStad Gent – Watertoerisme, BelgiumStátni Plavební Správa – Reditelství, Czech Rep.Swedish & Norwegian Canals Association, SwedenTingdene Marinas Ltd, UKTransmanche Consultants s.a.r.l., FranceUnser Finowkanal e.V., GermanyVlaamse Pleziervaart Federatie v.z.w., BelgiumDe Vlaamse Waterweg, BelgiumPWMC Vode Vojvodine, SerbiaVoies Navigables de France, FranceVoyageur Ltd (, UKVrolijks Bureau, NetherlandsWaterways Ireland, UK – IrelandWorld Canal Cities Organization (WHCCCCO), China