Grand Bassin

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This article is about the Canal du Midi. For other uses, see Grand Bassin (disambiguation).

The Grand Bassin is the largest body of open water along the Canal du Midi. It is in Castelnaudary France and covers some 7 hectares (18 acres). Once a scene of intense economic activity, it is now a major pleasure port used by tourist craft. It holds the water reserve for the four locks of Saint-Roche.

Official opening ceremonies for the Canal du Midi were held here on 19 May, 1681.[1]

The basin is exposed to considerable winds, historically even blowing horses and men into the water. A windbreak called Cybele Island (French: Ile de la Cybelle) was built in 1754.[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ Rolt, L. T. C. (1973). From Sea to Sea. Ohio University Press. ISBN 9780713904710. 
  2. ^ " Castelnaudary site (translated)". Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Castelnaudary Tourisme (translated)". Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  4. ^ McKnight, Hugh (2005). Cruising French Waterways, 4th Edition. Sheridan House. p. 264. ISBN 9781574092103. 
  5. ^ Kiessler, Bernd-Wilfried (2009). The Canal du Midi A Cruiser's Guide. Adlard Coles Nautical. ISBN 978-1-4081-1273-1. 


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