Waterways as catalyst for social & economic regeneration & delivering a new tourism product for Ireland

Welcome to The Waterway Community (TWC). We are a charitable social enterprise and our purpose is to draw on the immense potential that waterways – lakes, loughs, rivers, canals, harbours and maritime environments offer us to:

  • Create opportunities for learning and employability

  • Transform the wellbeing and health of people and communities wherever they are

  • Develop a diverse and substainable waterways tourism offer

Our Mission is to:

‘Utilising waterways to create opportunities to learn, to be well and to be active.’ 

Our organisation is growing and evolving to meet the needs of our communities and the wider NI tourism market .  We are now working in partnership with many waterways communities, as well as heritage & cultural waterways management organisations, local government and central government departments.

Bringing a new, exciting and sustainable tourism offer to this island is critical to ensuring that use and investment on waterways will give these assets a relevant future whilst contributing to local and National economies.

By working together, we will achieve our common objectives and develop our waterways as catalysts for social and economic regeneration.