Community Spirit 2 

We were awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service on the 2nd June 2018.
A great achievement by all our volunteers.

Group photo taken at the Community Spirit II Launch.

Our specially designed narrowboat “Community Spirit 2” was delivered in November 2016. Through hard work and generous support, almost £100,000 was raised in two years – a magnificent achievement! With our new state-of-the-art narrowboat we continue to help those who may be disabled or disadvantaged, by providing a free day out on the canal.


The diesel engine on “Community Spirit 2” was recently replaced with an electric motor powered by batteries.  The smooth and silent running is very calming and our passenger groups have unanimously endorsed the changes.


Download our flyer: May 2023 Leaflet

Take a, virtual trip along the Ashton Canal:

Portland Basin to Droylsden
Droylsden to Portland Basin

We're all connected by a love of water!

East Manchester Community Boat Project is happy to be affilliated to The Canal and River Trust


We are based at Portland Basin in Ashton-under-Lyne,

Welbeck Street South, OL7 0QA

behind Portland Basin Museum


Our shortest return trips, to Droylsden along the Ashton Canal, or Hyde on the Peak Forest Canal, take about two hours.

A return trip to Marple will take about six hours.

The route to Stalybridge gives passengers an opportunity to experience locks – and get some exercise too!


All trips are crewed and supervised by volunteers who are trained and qualified to nationally recognised standards.