Once upon a time

It’s one of those beautiful sunny days. You are working on your tan by the water when you suddenly see a great patch of garbage float by. It’s not a pretty sight, not the idyllic place you had in mind, in fact it doesn’t make you proud of your city. It was more than we could take, so we bought a kayak to rid the canal of these abominations. But it soon became clear that our efforts were in vain, there was simply far too much garbage. We thus quickly decided to focus on raising awareness by taking along a new person every time we went fishing for plastic. And that’s how Canal it up was born. Meanwhile, the team has grown and decided to tackle other problems as well in view of upgrading the canal. We want to be proud of our city and we want a clean canal teeming with life, a place where you would go for a nice stroll.

Pieter Elsen

This Brusseleir who bought a kayak to take the matter of trash in the canal in his own hands. It must have been his love for the city that inspired him so. Or maybe the conviction that we, as human beings, can do better. Whatever the reason, He does enjoy the good weather and the peace on the water.

Lauren de Crombrugghe

A water fanatic who just couldn’t resist the temptation of getting involved to make the Brussels canal a cleaner and nicer place. She isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and she really enjoys the kayak bit. She hopes that one day, maybe, she might even be able to swim in the canal!

Lauren de Crombrugghe

A water fanatic who just couldn’t resist the temptation of getting involved to make the Brussels canal a cleaner and nicer place. She isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and she really enjoys the kayak bit. She hopes that one day, maybe, she might even be able to swin in the canal!

Alessio Porcelli

A zinneke with a utopian dream – to be able to say to his ketjes: go on, jump, the water is ok. He dreams of a city where the water would play a social role on top of the economic one. And, of course, of a canal zone so embellished that it’s a nice spot to hang around.

Cécile Leclercq

Her passion for cultures and languages was the perfect ingredient to make her feel at home in Brussels and its wonderful mixity. She dreams of a city that stimulates exchange between neighbours and communities, a sustainable development and the comeback of nature.

Cécile Leclercq

Her passion for cultures and languages was the perfect ingredient to make her feel at home in Brussels and its wonderful mixity. She dreams of a city that stimulates exchange between neighbours and communities, a sustainable development and the comeback of nature.