The Augustów Canal is a precious masterpiece of water construction, unique on the European scale, dating from the first half of the 19th century. It is one of the longest artificial waterways and one of the most interesting monuments of engineering art of Polish constructors. Especially popular is the “Papal Trail”, which takes you along the route of places visited by Pope John Paul II during a boat cruise in 1999. The route of the Papal Trail goes through the most beautiful parts of Augustów Primeval Forest: passes over numerous lakes, Czarna Hańcza river and the Augustow Canal. During the trip the passengers admire beautiful landscapes; they can also visit the Marian Shrine in Studzieniczna (where the Pope prayed in the chapel), and see the monument of John Paul II situated on the shore of Lake Studzieniczne. A cruise across the Papal Trail is an excellent experience for nature lovers as well as people who are in need of a moment of reflection. The wide recreational offer is aimed at both groups and individuals. Local tour operators offer a few or several days kayaking trips with overnight stays. Along the Augustów Canal there are numerous riverside hostels and campsites offering accommodation for kayaking enthusiasts.
Augustowska Organizacja Turystyczna
ul. Rynek Zygmunta Augusta 44, Augustów
tel./fax: + 48 87 643 28 83