The Rance Canal is the inland waterway connecting the Atlantic Ocean and English Channel.It passes through the romantic Brittany countryside between Rennes and the Rance estuary. It runs past the village of Hédé and has 11 locks in the space of about 1/2 a mile. Hédé is the highest point of the canal. The 11 locks were built along 2 miles. Each of the locks has a lock keepers house
Napoleon ordered the construction of the Ille-et-Rance canal in 1804. Many locks are still manually operated and several lock-keepers’ cottages, with their flower-filled gardens, remain occupied to this day.