• Posted:Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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Celebrate the Gota Canal's 200th birthday in Sweden

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Celebrate the Gota Canal's 200th birthday in Sweden
I would love to be in a Stockholm hostel later this month because it would be the perfect location from which to go out and celebrate the Gota Canal's 200th anniversary.

On May 24th the festivities will begin on the 190-kilometre-long canal which has been about since the early days of 1810 – I bet it has seen some sights over the years!

You could have an even better time there than I did – although it would have to be insanely good - because at the end of May there will be guided tours and special exhibitions for people to enjoy and celebrate the canal's 200-year existence.

It is now open until September 26th 2010 for the season, so if you can't make it this month then certainly put it in your diary to get over there before September ends.

When I was there I went canoeing and I had such an entertaining time, as well as being really peaceful – I loved it! Seeing some of the 58 locks was a particular highlight and extremely impressive.

There are two larger lakes – the Vattern and Vanern – of which the latter is linked to the Baltic Sea. And if you're feeling particularly adventurous and have a bit of time to spend then why not travel from Mem to Sjotorp, which can take up to six or seven days.

However, if you are not a water lover then don't panic – there's still plenty for you to do. If you simply want to trek alongside the lake that's fine and can be equally enjoyable - a Nordic walking centre is even being started up in the area. And hiring bikes is another possibility to ensure you can see the sights and sounds of the canal without getting wet!

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