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The Bossuit pump station was built in the 19th century to provide water for the Bossuit-Kortrijk Canal. It is an ideal point of departure for cycling and walking tours.
The Bossuit-Kortrijk Canal connects the River Scheldt to the River Lys. It was dug in the mid-19th century when industrialisation in Belgium and the North of France was in full swing. The aim was to quickly and efficiently supply the Lys Valley with Walloon commodities, and especially to connect the industries in the North of France and Hainaut to each other and to the North Sea.
Approximately 1,100 workers and 40 horses worked on the canal for three years. A pump station was established in Bossuit to pump water for the canal up from the River Scheldt by means of large steam engines.
In the 1970s the canal was modernised and widened to fifty metres. The old pump station was not able to cope with the high flow rate and was closed down.
“Trossenlos” regularly organises boat trips for those who would like to see the Bossuit-Kortrijk Canal from a different perspective.