Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Planning your visit
History & heritage
Things to do & see
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West India Docks, Lawn House Close, E14 9YQ
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Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
Toilet are available in the nearby shopping centre
West India Docks - or Canary Wharf as you may know it - is now home to some of the world's largest banks and any number of hi-tech businesses. Yet once, London was once the busiest port in the world. West India Docks were the first purpose-built docks to be built there. Closed in 1980, the old docks were regenerated into the shops, restuarants and of course, Canary Wharf. And that regeneration continues today with luxury appartments and hotels being built all the time.
The docks still play a major role as moorings for barges and leisure river craft, and a through route for experienced canal and river navigators entering the Thames. But did you know The Canal & River Trust are responsible for managing West India Quay, as well as connecting canals and docks, including Limehouse Basin? You can visit our office to pick up a local visit guide or to find out about lock opening times.
Making it work
Want to know what the Anderton Boat Lift, Blue Bridge in Docklands and Liverpool Docks all have in common?
Lock keepers in London?
If you thought lock keepers were the reserve of our more rural canals - think again. We're looking for Londoners to join our team
There are lots of information boards dotted around the docks
Cormorants are daily visitors here standing on the dock walls holding their wings out to dry or diving to the bottom in search of fish. Coots are one of the most adaptable of water birds using any bit of old floating debris as a nest site. On the dockside look out for tiny pied wagtails using their long wagging tails to help them skip and jump after flying insects.
A happy and healthy common grey seal has been spotted a number of times swimming around the quay enjoying the cast-offs from Billingsgate fish market!
By car - there are public pay & display car parks at Canary Wharf, Jubilee Place, Bank Street
By train - Docklands Light Railway has stops at South Quay, Heron Quays and Canary Wharf itself
By boat - West India Dock lock is one of four locks from our waterways onto the River Thames. See our information on times and how to prepare to use the locks
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