In formal terms, the company’s activities are based on the paragraph regarding objectives in its articles of association. Our work is based on the dual tenets: “cultural and historical heritage” and providing “a catalyst for tourism”. These branches of activity determine the company’s future direction and day-to-day activities.
According to its statutes, Dalslands Kanal AB undertakes to “construct and maintain a canal route providing public fairway in return for fees, which is duly entitled to engage in other related activities thereto”. The canal operator thereby undertakes to engage in the operation, maintenance and management of these locks, properties, lands, service facilities and bridges/jetties located throughout the lake system. Moreover, the company is responsible for provision of maritime safety such as fairway marks and lighthouses. The operator sets and collects sailing fees and works actively to extend navigation routes within the canal system. (extract from the Articles of Association).
Preservation of cultural heritage in the national interest
“A canal network of considerable historical significance for industry and communications, comprising a system of locks and short canal sections which link the many lakes of Dalsland; opened in 1868 as a transport route serving Dalsland’s ironworks, sawmills and paper mills.”
In the national interest
In addition to the canal route, with its locks, lock keepers’ lodgings and waterways, with Nils Ericson’s unique Håverud aqueduct – of such significance to the history of engineering and of Sweden itself – worthy of special mention, there are a number of older bridges and buildings here belonging to ironworks and paper mills, including old factory sites.
A catalyst for tourism
The Dalsland Canal is a catalyst for the tourism industry in Dalsland and Western Värmland:
The canal operator estimates that around 50 companies are dependent on its activities either directly or indirectly – primarily through provision of sailing routes. According to surveys carried out by Resurs AB in 1996, around 30% of Dalsland’s total tourist turnover (SEK 280,000,000 in 1998), that is, approximately SEK 85,000,000, is attributable to the canal operator. The canal is the single largest driver behind the development of tourism in Dalsland and south-west Värmland. The University of Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law drew similar conclusions in studies conducted in 2003.