Canal basin


A canal basin is (particularly in the United Kingdom) an expanse of waterway alongside or at the end of a canal, and wider than the canal, constructed to allow boats to moor or unload cargo without impeding the progress of other traffic, and to allow room for turning, thus serving as a winding hole. For inland waterways, a basin may be thought of as a land-locked harbour.[1]

The canal basin at Brecon along the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

A basin was often associated with wharves around its perimeter, to support commercial users. In modern times, canal basins are more usually used to moor residential and recreational narrowboats.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Shorter Oxford Dictionary - Vol 1 - "basin"