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English Canal Opportunities

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Unique narrowboating holidays on the canals of England and Scotland

Location: Canals in England and Scotland

English Canal Opportunities


This was a 'stay hat home year' for me.  It was time to pack up a home of 58 years and downsize--many mmories were found hidden away and many memories were made--banker's boxes FULL.  I was ready!  Into a highrise and a flat on the 7th floor just minutes away from the 'old neighborhood'.  Cannot imagine finding such warm quarters and caring staffers.  For 22 years we have boarded dogs--we had our own, but, when traveling was in the forefront, we gave up owning and hooked up with a company called Pets Are Inn to board dogs while owners were out of town.  I simply could not give up those puppies and my highrise is pet friendly--five dogs on our 7th floor alone!!  This is near perfection, indeed.

Since the mid 1980's we have traveled aboard narrowboats on the English canals, primarily in the Midlands, and in London.  Do London aboard a narrowboat--one of our companies has a base there--we heartily encourage this one.

We are not travel agents, simply people who feel this wonderful holiday should be experienced by more Americans!

Over eighty people have been introduced to narrowboat canal  travel--people who travel on their own or arrange to travel with us on one of our trips.  Join their ranks and have a super holiday in England!

The top narrowboat hire companies work with us, each offering different incentives to their customers. As an aside, if you feel the locks might be too much, we can help you find a wonderful hotel boat with all the amenities of a first class hotel!

The narrowboats come fully equipped with top grade china, crystal, eating and cooking utensils and equipment. The beds have innerspring mattresses, and all linen, including pillows are provided in the pricing. Narrowboats have at least one bathroom with flush-type toilet, shower, central heat and its own clean, safe water supply.  The engines are small diesel, the steering is done by tiller on the stern deck.

Our top suggestion is a two week trip.  This will allow you to experience a circle trip. A week  is adquate for a good 'out-and-back' trip. Each company offers shorter, 3 or 4 day trips--a 'toe in the water' sort of holiday.

There is no fee for booking your narrowboat through us.  With that booking we will assist you in getting the most out of your time spent on the canal trip--assiting you in finding transport, B&Bs, stocking your larder aboard and other questions you may have on your travel area. I recommend people along the way--none from whom do we get a kick-back--they are reliable people who have helped us and we want to pass their expertise on to our customers.

If you do not book through us, we do charge a nominal hourly fee for our suggestions and information that will augment the standard travel manuals.

The pictures will continue to change.   For now we see an interior of a narrowboat, an always cheerful potted plant aboard for that homley touch.   The every hearty Scotland crew is not ready yet for viewing--hold on!!

When they are, I will change all thee pics to include two more from Scotland.

Please e-mail us for brochures and further information






Contact Information

Company: English Canal Opportunities

Name: Orly & Lucille Thornsjo

Street: 3601 Park Center Boulevard

City: Minneapolis

State/Province: MN

Country: USA

Zip/Postal Code: 55416-2523

Phone: 952.926.3835

E-mail: Click here to send an e-mail inquiry

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