Canals create connections and while today they might be home to joggers and cyclists rather than coal scows and cargo, that statement remains true. They’re vital links between rural communities and vibrant green corridors for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life – and we’re committed to encouraging people to make the most of their local canal and all the great outdoor opportunities surrounding it.
In 2012 and 2014 we encouraged the communities around the Caledonian Canal in the Highlands to do just that and Go Wild on the Canal. Working with our partners and volunteers, the two free events featured live traditional music, bird of prey displays, heritage barge tours, good food and even a raft race. The events attracted more than 3500 people and saw a huge number of people get out on the water of the canals – many for the first time.
The events are just one of the many ways we’re trying to encourage people to get out and see what’s on their doorstep. The canals offer so much but, without us, many people would never discover them, and many of the people who need them most – whose lives could be transformed by using them – would have no idea that potential was there.
With your support, we can to connect many more people with the heritage, wildlife and green, open spaces of our canals. Get in touch and see how you can help us transform lives and inspire communities across Scotland for generations to come.