The Senne, Brussels’s river, enabled the social and economic development of the city as well as everyday human activity: it supplied water and allowed for fishing, boating, windmill operations and industrial activities. Abused, deprived of its bed and transformed into an open-air sewer, it ultimately disappeared, buried beneath the city’s boulevards. The canal, which took over from the natural waterway, was designed as an industrial axis intended for the transport of raw materials, and numerous industries and factories set up shop beside it. The effects of Brussels’ transformation, from an industrial city to a city of services, are visible on the banks of certain basins on the canal where nature is reasserting itself. Our boat will take you, via the Molenbeek-Saint-Jean/Sint-Jans-Molenbeek and Anderlecht locks, along a route that’s filled with contrasts. After the urban zone, crossing the Biestebroek basin you will encounter old barges converted into homes and see water birds that keep fishermen and walkers company.