Located on the heights of Deauville, in Bénerville-sur-mer, Mont-Canisy offers an exceptional panorama, dominating the Côte Fleurie at a height of 110 meters. For centuries a seigneurial domain, Mont-Canisy is today a natural site protected by the Conservatoire du littoral and managed by the Conseil départemental, which watches over its flora and fauna, but also a place steeped in history.

Sandrine Boyer Engel
Sandrine Boyer Engel
Sandrine Boyer Engel

The site shelters more than 200 species of plants, of which a majority are Mediterranean or mountain species (juniper, dyer's broom...), and several species protected at the regional level (German gentian, dompte-venin, delicate raiponce). Kingdom of the orchids, 13 species also bloom there from April to July. Among its fauna, there are three species of birds protected regionally (nightingale, spotted locustelle, hypolais polyglotte), several families of butterflies and a snake (coronelle lisse) protected nationally. With its military structures and natural caves, the site also favors the presence of bats.

Its strategic position, on a hill facing the bay of the Seine, meant that it was transformed several times into a coastal artillery position: in turn a seigniorial stronghold divided up in 1793, an anti-submarine defense post in 1917-1918, a coastal battery from 1935 to 1940, then the most important artillery support point of the "Atlantic Wall" between Cherbourg and Le Havre from 1941 to 1944. From this last period, casemates and recesses for 155 mm guns, bunkers, tobrouks, fire direction post... and an underground work at 15 m, unique on more than 150 km of coastline, including 250 m of tunnels, 25 barracks cells, 25 ammunition bunkers...

Sandrine Boyer Engel
Sandrine Boyer Engel
Sandrine Boyer Engel

The Mont-Canisy batteries

The agenda of the visits here

A few rules of safety and "good conduct" to respect:

The access to the Mont-Canisy is free. The public can walk there under their own responsibility.

- do not stray from the existing footpaths: some structures are half-buried, buried under the vegetation, and their approach always presents some permanent risks.
- any visit to a structure where the access is not arranged accordingly is dangerous: you therefore carry it out with full knowledge of the facts and under your sole responsibility.
- as on any protected site, certain "practices" are forbidden (camping, fires, motocross, hunting, breaking bottles, degradation of vegetation, ...) and henceforth liable to fines under the responsibility of the Conservatory Guard.
- Avoid abandoning the garbage that makes the walking areas look so bad: bottles, papers, etc.
- if it is always tempting to pick flowers, to bring back flowering branches, know that, most often, they perish before finding a welcoming vase: do not massacre them!


The Batteries of Mount Canisy All practical information here

Contact us:
+33 (0)2 31 14 40 00

Our tourist information offices :

Résidence de l'Horloge
Quai de l'Impératrice Eugénie
14800 Deauville
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Place Jean Mermoz
14640 Villers-sur-Mer
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32 bis avenue Michel d'Ornano
14910 Blonville-sur-Mer
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40 rue du Général Leclerc
14113 Villerville
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20 Place Lemercier
14800 Touques
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Promenade Louis Delamare
(behind the first-aid post)
14800 Tourgéville
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