A link between the city and nature, the Lachine Canal is located in the southwest section of Montreal. Its 13.5-kilometre urban route runs between the Old Port and Lake Saint-Louis, a navigable waterway punctuated by five locks. Along its banks, a linear green urban park is lined with vestiges of the industrial era when the canal boomed. Throughout the year, a varied schedule of activities makes this historic site a great place to experience with family or friends.
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Hours of operation
Site access: Every day from sunrise to 11 p.m.
Navigation season: from mid-May to mid-October.
Site acces is free.
Fees apply for lockage and overnight mooring.
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The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site
Strategically located on the fur trade route, this storage building recounts the lives of the voyageurs. Stop in at this enchanting waterfront setting in Lachine and discover the inner workings of the trade that helped shape Canada.
Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site
The only Victorian-style house open to the public in the city, Sir George-Étienne Cartier’s home in Old Montreal offers an opportunity to become better acquainted with one of the Fathers of Confederation.
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site
Opened in 1843, the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal was the main entry point for the waterway between Montreal and Kingston. Take a trip through 150 years of history. Then go to the pier for a picnic and watch the lock in operation.
Chambly Canal National Historic Site
A mere 20 kilometres from Montreal, an oasis awaits cycling and outdoor enthusiasts: the Chambly Canal NationalHistoric Site. Observe the locks and bridges providing passage to boaters, and in August, admire the hot-air balloons darting between the clouds. It's magical.
Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site
Stroll through Darvard Island and enjoy recognizing many species of trees and birds. Have a family picnic while watching the lockage of pleasure craft. Children will be fascinated by the fish ladder, a structure unlike anything else in the world.