For the Undercity canals, see Canals (Undercity).

The Stormwind Canals.

The Canals of Stormwind City, located in the Canal District,[1] are a series of waterways that wind their way through the city, separating each of its various districts. While these canals are mostly used for thoroughfare, they do house a few shops overlooking the marble pathways and docks, and it is a popular area for fishermen to spend time hauling small catches. The Canals also house the infamous Stockade.

The Canals are accessible from every single district in Stormwind and are indeed quite hard to not cross at one point while staying in Stormwind.

Adventurers should be wary of falling in the canals, as there have been reports of a giant albino crocolisk roaming them.

Points of interest


Excludes the above areas.

Near the Stormwind Harbor
Near the former Park
Near The Stockade
Building next door to the Scribe of Stormwind
Dock near the Gallina Winery
Dock near the Denman Family Jewelers
Near southern end of the canal part between Trade District and Old Town
Near eastern end of the canal part between Old Town and Dwarven District
In a house in southeastern part of Cathedral District
Walking the canals around the Trade District


  • Stormwind has canals because the city was originally planned to feature gondolas that would allow player characters to quickly travel from one city district to another.[2] The gondola idea was scrapped because they "weren't worth the trouble."[3]
  • Since the canals became halfway filled into the waterline in Cataclysm, the water is now shallow enough that taller races can use a drake mount or elekk mount to ride above water, while shorter races without flying would have to use mammoth mounts.

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Redesign with new thoroughfares, new NPCs, and new shops. Canals now halfway filled in with mud/silt, along with occasional reeds and lost debris.


  1. ^ A [28] The Legend of Stalvan
  2. ^ MMO-Champion 2018-09-24. John Staats Interview - The World of Warcraft Diary (1:16:10). YouTube. Retrieved on 2018-09-24.
  3. ^ John Staats 2018-09-12. John Staats AMA, author of 'The World of Warcraft Diary'.

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