To facilitate alternative transportation
and leisure activities in urban waterways

About us

In May 2012 came the desire to create a little paradise at the center of Lille, to live in a new and fun way at the water's edge. Bringing together the diverse expertise (sports, sustainable development, leisure practices, language and self development...) of friends and inhabitants of the quay of the citadel and this resulted in The Association Le Grand Huit

They started by standing on the water sliding in town practicing Stand Up Paddle. Cycling is their other passion as well as a lifestyle of its own, insisting on proximity. For several years Jean-Baptiste and his friends have also been working on promoting new mobility with creativity in their businesses : "Company bike" Eco Gatherings, Carfree Committees and Sustainable Development, "cycling guides" ...

Add interest to the history and heritage, the pleasure of international relationship and discovery, undying passion for Holland, and all this makes your association, "Le Grand Huit"

For leisure activities, the association aims at making you discover your waterways and beautiful rides of your city .. In these activities as well as in its operation and move the association promotes the defense of the environment: bike and foot accessibility and actions for cleaner waters and cleaner environment.

In April 2013 a new step was taken with the launch of our activities in Paris, in another paradise nest : Joinville le pont and the carfree Fanac island for the Stand Up Paddle. 

2015 is the launch of activities in a fantastic amazing new city : Ghent ! Bicycle tour on our nicest dutch bikes as ever, and Stand Up Paddle on the 16th century canals for sure.

2017 arrives "la trottinette", the scooter

2019 sees our funny bikes all over France, we create the new "urban mobility" activity, and launch the Amiens Paddle section.  

What about tomorrow ? Ideas abound. And could may be become reality, thanks to you, why not ?
The Board consists of 13 members :  François Prévost, Antoine De Gandt, Charlotte Dambrine, Emmanuel Bouchel, Eric Claeys, Frédérique Lamoureux, Jean-François Dhinaux, Florent Monbrun, Marianne Moermann, Solène Domalain, Eric Fitamant, Vassili Lentzy, Geoffroy Leblanc  + Alice Mallaroni, Jean-Baptiste De Gandt and Frédéric Coquelet. 


This is definitely the summer of the scooter. In Lomme for the school children who pass the Grand Huit's scooter license, at Codifis whose employees try out our scooters for a month to get to work, at the Joinville le Pont summer party and of course during our famous guided tours of Lille and the historic heart of Paris.

Eight brand new crazy bikes have joined Le Grand Huit this 1st of may. Weird, rare, unknown, for some of them we don't even have found a name, yet. But this one is the Monster, presented by our brand new guide Elisa. Will she success on the bike ?? Welcome Elisa ! 

Inauguration of the brand new Paddling section of Le Grand Huit in Amiens this Week End 06/07th of april . No need to get to to Venice. You will surf at the foot of the Gothic cathedral and in through the unique maze of l little canals running through garden plots known as “hortillonages”. Whether you are an experienced paddler or just a beginner, you are welcome.