Become a Friend

We’re the charity building a growing community of Friends to make life better by water.

From buzzing inner-city waterfronts to quiet rural towpaths – Friends make a monthly donation to ensure work can continue to keep 2,000 miles of canals and rivers happy and healthy, for people to enjoy for years to come.

Hear from one of our Friends

Find out why Alex signed up to become a Friend of the Trust:

"I like being a Friend of the Canal & River Trust - it helps bring the magic of the waterways to life for me.”

Alex Matthews, Friend of the Trust

A bespoke package

Joining as a Friend of the Trust means you’re helping us to deliver important projects across our historic waterways. 

Thousands of people already call themselves Friends of the Canal & River Trust – join them and you will receive:

  • Free entry to our attractions and museums
  • Discounts on boating and cottage holidays
  • Waterfront magazine twice a year, packed with features,illustrations and interviews to bring your waterways to life
  • A bespoke Canal & River Trust edition of 'CoolCanals' Walks book
  • Regular emails and podcasts immersing you in the world of the waterways and the wildlife that call them home
  • Exclusive Friends booklet
  • Canal & River Trust window sticker and pin badge


Already a Friend?

Find out how to get in touch and more about the benefits available to you.

Visit our Friend's area