With this sailing route you can enjoy the historical Bruges and then continue to the coastal cities via the inland waters.

The coastal yacht ports of Ostend and Nieuwpoort lend to visit our “Queen of the Baths” or to a day at the beach.

Via the historic Veurne you can sail on to the northern French city of Dunkirk, where you will pass some connecting points to other beautiful sailing routes along the way.

Region & boating routes

Start - destination Boating hours Canal
Beernem Bruges 1h Canal Gent-Ostend, Keersluis Beernem, Moerbruggebrug, Steenbruggebrug
Bruges Ostend 5h Canal Gent-Oostende
Ostend Nieuwpoort 1h 15min Canal Plassendale-Nieuwpoort, Sluizencomplex Ganzepoot, ijzermonding
Nieuwpoort Veurne 1h 15min Canal Nieuwpoort-Duinkerke
Veurne Duinkerke 2h 15min Canal Nieuwpoort-Duinkerke, Canal de Furnes

Tourism

You’ll find the base of Charter d'Or in the marina BWSV in Beernem. The old canal arm is a beautiful piece of nature. Within walking distance of the marina there is a supermarket. On top there is the possibility to eat a tasty snack or pancake in 't Boothuis at the marina.

Bruges: the Venice of the North! The marina in Bruges, Coupure, is located on a 17th-century passage to the city center. In the neighborhood there are also some good restaurants. The ‘Sluis van Plassendale) dates back to the 17th Century. At that time, this work of art created an important connection between the coast and the hinterland. Today it is a protected monument.

In Ostend is the Mercator at anchor, a sailing ship that served as a training ship from 1932 to 1960 for the officers of the Belgian Merchant Navy. Today the three-master is a museum full of nautical treasures.

Tucked away in the dunes you will find Fort Napoleon. The military building which leads us back to the time of Napoleon was completely restored and now houses a museum and a restaurant. From the terrace you have a beautiful view over the dunes. 

In the “Dronkenput” in Middelkerke you have the feeling of losing your balance. The well was suddenly pushed upwards at the end of the 19th century. You get the tendency to keep yourself parallel with the pillars, which has a gradient of 12%.

Who feels like having spare-ribs can, among other things, to the “Rattevallebrug” in Middelkerke. 

The Grand Hotel Bellevue in Westende is a remarkable building in Belle Epoque style by architect Octave Van Rysselberghe. Thanks to the striking, round extension, the building was given the nickname 'De Rotonde'. In 2009 it served as the setting for the VT4 television program 'Het Hotel: Westende'.

Nieuwpoort used to be one of the most important fishing ports of the coast. Shrimp fishing and line fishing remain a Niewpoortse specialty. Be sure to visit the fish market and the marinas, which offer no less than 2500 berths.

Lovers of water sports can visit the various domains of Sport Vlaanderen (formerly Bloso).

Veurne, with its marina in the Centre of the city, is an open air museum with the Town Hall and the country house in respectively Flemish and Italian Renaissance style, the Spanish Pavilion and the Sint-Walburga Church. Veurne also has a lot of delicacies to offer, such as the regional specialties white sausage, pots and Ginger snaps. There is weekly market on Wednesday.

In Adinkerke, from the youngest to the oldest visitor can have lots of fun in Plopsaland. Dunkirk is the third largest port in France. But there is obviously more to see. The city center of Dunkirk has several assets: historical buildings, museums, shopping opportunities, the sea at the Malo-les-Bains district.

Expansion possibilities

  • Connect to route Westhoek / Flanders Fields and Northern France
  • Connect to route Leiestreek Kortrijk & Ghent