Longest Canals (Artificial River) in the World

Canals are man-made Water channels for different purpose such as irrigation, Shipping, Local transportation, Control Flood and recently uses for tourism. Canals are most typically designs for connecting between the rivers, lakes, Cities and Ocean for easy access. Canals have long history they are developed and maintained hundreds of years by dynasties to nowadays governments. The cities in the ancient and middle age well connected with channels of water that’s the easiest way of transportation for that time. The Panama Canal is not listed in top but that connecting Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean that saves huge time and transportation expenses for ships and Panama Canal is one of the Engineering wonders in the World that has huge locks for huge ships. In the list below are shows the longest canals all time, which includes shipping and irrigation.

Small Passenger Boats on Canal

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The Following list of Longest Canals or Artificial Rivers in the World.

RankName of CanalLengthConnectionCountryLocks
1Grand Canal1,776 KmBeijing-Hebei-Shandong-Jiangsu-Zhejiang-HagzhouChina24
2Qaraqum Canal1,375 KmAmu Darya-Karakum DesertRussia
3Saimaa Canal814 KmSaimaGulf of FinlandRussia8
4Eurasia Canal700 KmBlack Sea-Kuma Manych DepressionRussia13
5Manych Ship Canal700 kmBlack Sea-Caspian SeaRussia6
6Erie canal 584 kmAlbany-New York-BuffaloUSA36
7Grand Union Canal461 KmLondon-BirminghamEngland236
8Nara Canal364 kmSukkur Barrage-Khaipur, Sanghar-DistrictsPakistan
9Rhone–Rhine Canal349 kmRhine-Rhone, North Sea-MediterraneanFrance
10Marne–Rhine Canal313 KmRhine, Marne, Meuse River, Moselle River, Canal des houillères de la SarreFrance154
11Leeds and Liverpool Canal204 KmLeeds-LiverpoolEngland91
12Suez Canal193.5 KmMediterranean Sea-Red SeaEgypt
13Gota Canal190 KmGothenburgSwedan
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Note: The list of ranking mentioned above is collection of known longest canals, some of the unconfirmed Canals are not listed in the list.