The Canal is the backbone of a waterway that tracks 614 km - that is canal linking lakes - that provides a route from Goteborg on the west coast to Soderkoping on the east coast of Sweden (The Baltic Sea).
The canal itself is 190 km long, varying width 7–14 m and a maximum depth of about 3 m. It has 58 locks and can accommodate vessels up to 32 m long. Göta Canal is a sister canal of the Caledonian Canal in Scotland which was also constructed by the same man. The canal is nicknamed the "divorce ditch." It earned this nickname from the troubles that couples have to endure while trying to navigate the many locks by themselves.