Built in the early 19th century, the Göta Canal is an integral part of the 382-mile waterway that links West Sweden with the Baltic Sea. While the canal is still used to transport cargo, tourism and recreation dominate the water during its May to September season. Known locally as Sweden’s blue ribbon, the canal is a popular destination for locals who are lucky enough to own their own boats. Visitors can join in the fun with a family-friendly cycle ride along the car-free towpaths. Hike and bike packages inclusive of hotel stays are available but if you’d rather let someone else do the work, join a cruise on one of the nine historic passenger vessels that ply the waterway.