2021

Winter Activities along the Lachine Canal: Groomed Path

MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC, November 23, 2021 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that this winter, the path at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site will be groomed almost over its entire length, on a distance of 13 km linking the Lachine, LaSalle, Le Sud-Ouest and Ville-Marie boroughs. The path will also be groomed on both sides of the canal between the Atwater Market and Old Montréal, improving access for users in Le Sud-Ouest. The Parks Canada team will groom the path.

In addition to cyclists, everyone will be able to enjoy the groomed path, which provides an opportunity to practise various winter activities including fat biking, snowshoeing, running and walking. Restrooms will also be open to users during the cold season at particular locations along the winter trail.

Parks Canada works with its partners to develop the recreational offerings at the Lachine Canal and to encourage the practice of outdoor winter activities for the year-round enjoyment of all visitors to this exceptional site in the heart of Montréal. The Agency would like to acknowledge the collaboration of the City of Montréal and its boroughs for their support in providing this groomed trail.


Infrastructure Work at Lock no. 5

MONTREAL, Quebec, October 19, 2021 – Parks Canada will soon begin infrastructure work at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site as part of the restoration project for Lock No 5. Work will begin on October 25 and continue until December 17, 2021. Work will resume after the winter break in mid-February 2022, with completion in March. The sector affected, around the lock and the surrounding embankments, will remain accessible throughout the construction. The footpath located on the gates of Lock No 5 may be temporarily closed. A detour will be put in place for the duration of the closures, if required. The work areas will be delimited by fences. 

Parks Canada is carrying out this important work at the Lachine Canal to update the infrastructure necessary for navigation, ensure the longevity of the facilities, and enhance security and the quality of the experience provided at the canal. The work planned includes: maintenance of gates, addition of bumpers and ice protection system, repointing of masonry, correction of scouring, stabilization of downstream banks and rearrangement of railings at the approach to the walkways (north shore). Various elements around the lock will also be cleaned and repainted. 

Public safety is a priority for Parks Canada and all work is planned to ensure the security of users and workers. To minimize impacts to the public, the work is being conducted after the busy navigational season. Parks Canada asks all members of the public visiting the area, to be vigilant, follow the signage in place, and consider alternate routes for activities in this specific sector of the Lachine Canal. 

Visit the "Info-Work" page to find out more and to get up-to-date information on the ongoing infrastructure work on the Lachine Canal National Historic Site..


Rehabilitation of canal walls on the north side, old-canal sector

MONTRÉAL, Quebec, August 2, 2021 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that infrastructure work will soon be carried out on the north side of the canal, between 6th and 8th Avenues and between 12th and 15th Avenues, facing St. Joseph Boulevard. From August 9, 2021 to March 2022, crowning walls will be repaired or replaced to preserve this heritage component essential to public safety and to the sustainability of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. 

Occasional closures on St. Joseph Boulevard and sidewalk

During work, a portion of the sidewalk on the south side between 6th and 8th Avenues will be closed. A pedestrian detour will be provided on the north side of the roadway between 6th and 10th Avenues. 

It is also possible that one of the eastbound lanes of St. Joseph Boulevard, between 6th and 9th Avenues and between 12th and 15th Avenues, may be closed on a temporary basis. 

Parks Canada is actively working with the borough of Lachine to limit the impact on users. Visitor safety is a priority for Parks Canada and we ask users to exercise caution and respect existing closures and signage in all work zones along the Lachine Canal. 

The canal walls are representative elements of the canal’s development and of construction techniques that have been used for over a century, and are essential to its overall structure, as they are weight‑bearing and protect the banks. These walls are also necessary to maintain the banks along St. Joseph Boulevard. 

The Government of Canada is investing close to $170 million to support infrastructure work at the Lachine Canal National Historic as part of the largest federal infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada, which will help protect Canada’s built heritage while enhancing the experience of the more than one million people who visit this exceptional site each year. 

Information about the work taking place at the Lachine Canal is disseminated in a variety of ways, including on the Facebook account @QCCanals and the “Plan your trip” web page.


Launch of the Boating Season at Lachine Canal National Historic Site

two boat captain with Parks Canada lock operetors
First boaters of the season at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site! ©Parks Canada

MONTREAL, May 21, 2021 - This morning, Parks Canada’s team was happy to welcome at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, the first boaters of the 2021 season.

The health and safety of visitors, boaters and employees is of the utmost importance for Parks Canada and the Agency will follow the advice and guidance of public health authorities to determine visitor access and services. 

Transport Canada's physical distancing standards for Canadian boaters must also be respected. It is possible that boat capacity may be considerably reduced depending on the canal, and that the wait time be increased. 

For more details about the service periods and the measures taken by the Agency to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Quebec’s historic canals, please visit the COVID-19 and your visit to the Lachine Canal webpage or call 1-888-773-8888 to plan your visit. 

Canal Banks Visitors 

Parks Canada is asking visitors to follow the advice of public health experts and to practice physical distancing and hygiene measures, limit public gatherings, as well as respect travel restrictions. 

Visitors should also leave no trace when they are visiting canal banks. Garbage containers have been installed to that end. If a garbage can is full, visitors should use the next one or bring their garbage with them.

There will be many users sharing the Lachine Canal path – cyclists, pedestrians and in-line skaters will be among them. Parks Canada asks all visitors to follow the advice of public health experts on physical distancing. They must be careful in their choices to avoid injury and minimize any need for emergency response. In addition, we invite them to be courteous and obey the signage to make coexistence between all safer and more harmonious.


Major rehabilitation work on the Gauron and Lafleur bridges

Montréal, Quebec, March 24, 2021 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that work will soon take place on the Gauron and Lafleur bridges, which link Dollard Avenue in LaSalle to Saint-Pierre Avenue in Lachine, in order to ensure the safety of users, extend the useful life of the bridges, ensure the durability of the structures and remove the current tonnage limit. 

This 35-week work will result in the long-term partial closure of the Gauron Bridge from April 2021 to October 2021, and from October 2021 to December 2021 for the Lafleur Bridge. There will be a complete alternating closure of one lane during the entire duration of the work. In addition, complete bridge closures are expected overnight, at which time a detour will be offered to motorists. 

The schedule of closures was established as follows:

Gauron Bridge

  • April to mid-July: Closure of the left lane at all times and weekend and night bridge closures to be determined according to nearby construction sites.
  • Mid-July to mid-October: Closure of the right lane and sidewalk at all times, and weekend and night bridge closures to be determined according to nearby construction sites.

Lafleur Bridge

  • Mid-October to November: Closure of the left lane at all times, and weekend and night closures of the bridge to be determined according to nearby construction sites.
  • November: Right-hand lane closed at all times and path obstructed; weekend and overnight bridge closures to be determined according to nearby work sites. 

This work includes, among other things, the repair of elements at the approaches of the bridges, the repair of foundation elements, the repair, reinforcement and painting of structural steel elements, the replacement or sealing of expansion joints as well as the reparation of the lighting system.

Parks Canada would like to minimize the impacts on bridge users. So, throughout the work, Parks Canada will work closely with its partners, including emergency services, transportation services, and municipal and provincial authorities to ensure the safety of users and to provide them with accurate and useful information for effective travel planning.

This work is being carried out as part of the largest infrastructure plan in Parks Canada’s history and is part of the Agency’s ongoing efforts to provide quality and safe infrastructure at the sites it administers, including the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, which includes highway bridges, pedestrian footbridges and various buildings. As readers may recall, in 2014, major work was carried out to repair structural elements on the Lafleur Bridge. 

Information about the work taking place at the Lachine Canal is disseminated in a variety of ways, including on the Facebook account @QCCanals and the “Plan your trip” web page.

2020

Clearing of the vegetation

Montréal, Quebec, October 29, 2020 – Parks Canada will begin to clear vegetation on the north and south sides of the waterway. The removal of the vegetation will ensure the long-term preservation of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. 

The tree cover along the Lachine Canal and the abundant greenery have grown considerably over the past few years and have created over time a wall of plants that could affect the preservation of the banks and the canal infrastructure as well as their maintenance. For these reasons, Parks Canada must carry out the removal of plants in specific areas of the Lachine Canal (area of Lock No. 5; between Lafleur bridge and Lock No. 4 (north side); between George-Étienne Cartier footbridge and Lock No. 3 (South side), area of Lock No. 2). 

As part of this work, several ash trees affected by the invasive emerald ash borer will also be removed. Parks Canada is working with stakeholders, including boroughs, taking necessary action to prevent the emerald ash borer infestation from spreading and to ensure the protection of the environment and the public, while continuing to identify the best possible solutions to control the spread of this insect. 

Parks Canada is working on an action plan to ensure the long-term maintenance of the vegetation cover at the Lachine Canal, to preserve the canal’s natural beauty while protecting the historic integrity of this exceptional site. 

The clearing of the vegetation will begin in November 2020 until mid-December. It will be performed outside the nesting periods of migratory birds. The Lachine Canal’s path may at times be obstructed because of the work and all work areas will be marked off with traffic cones. Parks Canada asks everyone to exercise caution and to obey the temporary signage. 

For more information on the infrastructure projects underway at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, visit the Info-work page.


Mural To Be Discovered At The Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Montréal, Québec, August 31, 2020 –  The Parks Canada Agency is pleased to announce that a mural, by painter and muralist Ankhone, is currently under way on Hangar 1825, located in the north link area, between the Saint-Gabriel Lock and the Atwater footbridge.  This mural is made possible thanks to the collaboration of Kolab organization.

The mural, called “Alchemy of Time” will cover all four sides of the building where it will be visible both from the water as well as from the banks, making it a veritable landmark. Inspired by an indoor garden theme, it will, , echo the unique and personal experiences of visitors to the canal and appeal to everyone's imagination. By referring to the atmospheres and impressions that the place creates, it will be an invitation to evocation, contemplation and reverie.

Parks Canada is grateful to the Kolab organization and the artist Ankhone for this work of art that adds beauty and meaning to the site. Urban art lovers and visitors will be able to discover it on September 18.

To see the artist at work

To follow the mural’s progress and watch artist Ankhone at work, you are invited to go to the Lachine Canal’s north link and to follow the Lachine Canal, Ankhone and KOLAB MTL Facebook pages. 

About the artist

L'artiste Ankhone
Ankhone

Native from Grenoble, nestled at the foot of the French Alps, Ankhone started doing graffiti on the walls of his city in the early 90’s. In 1999, his expressive style earned him a degree in graphic design from the École Supérieure d’Arts Appliqués of Troyes. Mastering these newfound institutional techniques, he gradually transposed his pictorial and graphic work to painting, without ever breaking the link to the graffiti culture that motivated this progression. A style he later defines as “poetry in motion”.

In 2001, still in France, he joined the reputed Parisian collective, “9e Concept” and worked as art director for Graff-It magazine. In 2010, Ankhone came to Canada for the first time and decided to move to Montreal one year later. His first contracts in Canada include designing sets for movies such as Tom à la Ferme and Juste la fin du monde of Quebec infamous producer Xavier Dolan. Ankhone has been a member of the Ashop Crew since 2013 and has kept working for Ashop Productions since then. 

About KOLAB

KOLAB is a non-profit organization created in 2015 by Ashop Crew founding artists, to promote civic participation through urban arts and to contribute to the professional development of emerging artists. Its mission is to make art accessible to everyone, to bring positive change through it and to create a sense of belonging to the community. The organization is involved, amongst others, in the Montreal urban arts scene and offers emerging artists the opportunity to participate in major projects under the mentorship of fellow professional peers. KOLAB provides them with a creative space, the necessary material and resources to develop their practices. KOLAB brings together, awakens, supports and enlightens Montréalers’ daily lives in their reclaiming of urban space.


CANAL WALL REPAIRS

Closure of the path between the Lafleur Bridge and the LaSalle-Coke Footbridge for the restoration of the grounds at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site

MONTREAL, Quebec, August 20, 2020 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that rehabilitation work to restore the grounds will be carried out at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site starting August 24, 2020, for approximately 5 days (depending on weather conditions). Grassing work will be realized on the north side of the canal, between the Lafleur Bridge and the LaSalle-Coke Footbridge. Now that repair and rehabilitation work of the canal walls has been successfully completed in this sector, the Agency is ensuring that the site is safe and welcoming for all users. 

Suggested detour.

Since the work will result in the closure of a section of the canal path, a detour will be set up during the work periods, from Monday to Friday (depending on weather conditions), from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Parks Canada recommends that cyclists follow the signs installed near the site that will redirect them mainly to the Les Berges (along LaSalle Blvd.) and the Canal de l’Aqueduc municipal bicycle paths (along Champlain Blvd.). 

The path will be reopened at the end of each shift. The detour is explained in detail on the Lachine Canal Info-Work webpage.

While the work is carried out, Parks Canada asks everyone to exercise caution and comply with work zones and signage. At all times, the safety of users and workers is paramount for Parks Canada. 

Parks Canada is leading infrastructure work in places like the Lachine Canal National Historic Site to ensure safe, high-quality experiences for visitors by improving heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas.


Revised calendar, advanced navigation season

Parks Canada's Historic Canals in Quebec

CHAMBLY, QUEBEC, June 22, 2020 – Parks Canada wants to give an update regarding infrastructure work along historic canals in Quebec. Since the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions on construction sites, work could resume while respecting the new Canada and Quebec’s public health directives for the health and safety of workers. Timelines have been revised to take into account the challenges caused by these restrictions.

Despite these constraints, the work was carried out at a faster rate than expected thanks to increased efforts on the part of contractors and dedicated Parks Canada teams preparing for the season opening. The Quebec’s Waterways Unit is, therefore, proud to confirm the progressive reopening of the canals earlier than the original schedule. 

Thus, Parks Canada will welcome boaters as of July 1, at the Chambly Canal, and as of July 17 at Saint-Ours Canal, instead of the 3rd week of July as previously announced. As for the Lachine Canal, operations will resume on July 17, between Lock No. 3 and Lock No. 5. For the entire canal, the target date remains the first week of August. Non-motorized nautical activities have resumed since June 19, between Lock No. 3 and Lock No. 5. For the Carillon Canal, temporary work carried out during the next few weeks will allow the opening of the canal to navigation at the end of August, rather than having to cancel the whole 2020 boating season.The scope of work had to be reviewed and this had an impact on the schedule. 

Parks Canada apologizes for the inconvenience of these delays and thanks boaters as well as the community and local businesses for their patience and understanding. 

The Agency wishes to remind visitors and boaters that they should not expect to have the kind of experiences that they have had in the past. As Parks Canada adapts to the COVID-19 situation, visitor access and services on the canals will be limited. 

Those who choose to access historic canals and waterways should follow the advice of public health experts on physical distancing. Everyone will need to be careful in their choices to avoid injury and to minimize any need for emergency response. 

For more details about the service periods and the measures taken by Parks Canada to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the historic canals of Quebec, please consult the websites of each canals or call 1-888-773-8888 in order to plan your visit.


MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC, June 5, 2020 – Parks Canada announces the upcoming gradual re-opening of the 2020 navigation season in Parks Canada’s historic canals in Quebec. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of activities and construction sites at Parks Canada places, navigation season has been delayed in the province's historic canals. 

The Lachine Canal National Historic Site is expected to welcome boaters for the navigation season from the first week of August, until Monday, October 12, 2020. Water levels in the Lachine Canal will be gradually increased starting June 6, 2020. The canal should be filled completely by June 12, 2020.

Major work on the canal walls

Major infrastructure work took place on the canal’s locks, bridges and walls in recent months. Some of these projects should be completed this summer. Several projects to repair or replace walls were made necessary in order to preserve the sustainability of the national historic site. Last year, more than 6,125 meters of crown walls, and 2,025 meters of seat walls have been replaced or repaired by our teams and designated contractors. 

Navigation Season

The health and safety of visitors, boaters, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance, and the Agency will follow the advice and guidance of public health authorities in resuming visitor access and services. The opening date of the Lachine Canal is conditional to the evolution of the COVID-19 situation and the measures needed to flatten the curve and ensure everyone's safety.

Transport Canada's physical distancing standards for Canadian boaters must also be respected. It is possible that boat capacity may be considerably reduced depending on the canal, and that the wait time may be increased. We thank boaters for their patience and cooperation. 

Caution on the banks

Many users will be sharing the Lachine Canal path – cyclists, pedestrians and in-line skaters will be among them. Parks Canada asks all visitors to follow the advice of public health experts on physical distancing. They must be careful in their choices to avoid injury and minimize any need for emergency response. In addition, we invite them to be courteous and obey the signage to make coexistence between all safer and more harmonious. 

Visitors and boaters should not expect to have the kind of experiences that they have had in the past.   As Parks Canada adapts to the COVID-19 situation, visitor access and services will be limited. 

Those who choose to access historic canals and waterways should follow the advice of public health experts on physical distancing. Everyone will need to be careful in their choices to avoid injury and to minimize any need for emergency response. 

For more details about the service periods and the measures taken by the Agency to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Quebec’s historic canals, please visit the Historic canals and waterways website or call 1-888-773-8888 to plan your visit.


Parks Canada temporarily suspends all visitor services across the country until further notice 

March 17, 2020, Gatineau, Quebec, Parks Canada Agency - The health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and Parks Canada team members is of the utmost importance to the Agency. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and taking steps to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and other users of Parks Canada spaces. 

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, Parks Canada is temporarily suspending all visitor services in all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across the country until further notice. The Agency will be monitoring the situation and will communicate regularly. 

Parks Canada will limit its activities to basic critical operations and many staff will work from home. Visitor facilities will be closed temporarily, including washrooms and day use facilities. Some conservation activities will also be temporarily suspended, including projects with external researchers. 

While visitor services are temporarily suspended, Parks Canada will continue to deliver a number of critical functions, including highway management and snow removal, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, as well as avalanche forecasting and control, among others.

Visitors may use front country and backcountry areas as well as accessible green spaces. Should Canadians decide to visit, they should remember that they are always responsible for their own safety. They should consult Parks Canada’s website to be prepared for their visit and be aware of any area closures. Search and rescue services may be limited. Visitors should exercise additional caution at this time and avoid activities with safety risks.

There are a number of tourism businesses and operations within Parks Canada places. These operators are valued partners and provide important services to visitors. They may continue to operate and clients should check with them before visiting to ensure that there has been no change to their services.

Parks Canada will cease taking new reservations until April 30, 2020. All existing reservations for this period will be refunded in full. In addition, the Agency is currently developing an approach to honour passes, in light of travel restrictions and closures related to COVID-19. Details will be communicated in due course.

A complete list of Parks Canada places that are closed and the parameters of these closures will be available on the Parks Canada website soon. Please visit pc.gc.ca regularly for updates.

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“At this critical time, our top priority remains the health and safety of Canadians. We are doing everything we can to contain the novel coronavirus and reduce the burden on our healthcare system. We all look forward to resuming normal operations at Parks Canada places, but for now we must follow the advice of public health experts and work together to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada


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Allowed weight limits on Charlevoix and des Seigneurs bridges reduced in Sud-Ouest borough

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, January 28, 2020 - Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that the weight limits for heavy vehicles on the Charlevoix and des Seigneurs bridges, in the Sud-Ouest borough, have been revised. This measure results from a reevaluation of the load bearing capacity of the infrastructures which established that the allowed weight limits on the bridges must be reduced. Vehicles whose weight exceeds the stated limits must use an alternative route. 

Maximum 22t, 34t, 44t

 

For the Charlevoix Bridge that crosses the canal at the level of Charlevoix Street, the new load capacity is now 22 tons, 34 tons and 44 tons respectively for vehicles of one unit, two units and three units.

 

Maximum 26t, 36t, 48t

 

For the des Seigneurs Bridge that crosses the canal at the level of des Seigneurs Street, the new load capacity is now 26 tons, 36 tons and 48 tons respectively for vehicles of one unit, two units and three units.

 

The Charlevoix and des Seigneurs bridges do not present safety issues for drivers, pedestrians nor cyclists. The reassessment of the allowed weight limits is a measure to prevent the deterioration of infrastructures. 

The new weight limits on these bridges will be posted on traffic signage on the main roads leading to the infrastructures to inform drivers of this new standard. 

Parks Canada makes every effort to provide quality infrastructure in the sites it administers, including Lachine Canal National Historic Site, which includes bridges, footbridges and various buildings. 

Information about Lachine Canal is communicated in a variety of ways, including through the @QCCanals Facebook account and online on the Info-Work – Plan Your Commute web page.


The Montréal Boat Show

From January 31 to February 3 2020

Stop by the Parks Canada booth (1014) at the Palais des congrès de Montréal to plan your next trip.

And while you’re discovering some of the most beautiful waterways in the world, Parks Canada is offering you an unbeatable pre-season offer: save 20% on the current prices of seasonal lockage permits. With the purchase of the lockage permit, also take advantage of a 10% reduction on the night mooring permit!

Just make sure to have your registration number handy as well as information about the length of your craft.

2019

Construction of a transmission line by Hydro-Québec 

Montréal, Quebec, November 14, 2019 – Hydro-Québec is building an underground power transmission line between Viger and Adélard-Godbout substations. To carry out the work, Hydro-Québec must pass under the Canal de Lachine. This involves digging in the canal bed and drilling the north wall to install the concrete encasements.

Traffic will be restricted on the path along Mill Street, in front of De la Commune Street. To ensure a safe and pleasant passage, Parks Canada asks for everyone’s support and cooperation in exercising patience and caution and in respecting the temporary signs.

Information: Info-project Line, Hydro-Québec, 514 385-8888 etc. 3462

 


MONTRÉAL, Quebec, November 4, 2019 – Parks Canada is responsible for preserving the Lachine Canal’s historic significance, protecting the environment along the Canal, and providing local residents and visitors with opportunities to experience this historically rich waterway. 

As part of its commitment to expand the recreational offer along the Lachine Canal, Parks Canada would like to inform users of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site that the North Link – a new section of path – is now partially accessible on the north side of the Canal, between Atwater and Des Seigneurs streets. 

Almost the entire section is accessible to users, with the exception of a portion located between Vinet and Charlevoix streets. For public safety reasons, this section will remain temporarily fenced off until a traffic light is installed later this fall. Users can detour via the Des Seigneurs Bridge or the Atwater footbridge, depending on whether they are heading east or west.  

This multi-use path along the Lachine Canal can be enjoyed by cyclists and pedestrians alike, providing the opportunity to discover and enjoy this heritage treasure in the heart of Montréal. 

As part of this infrastructure project, a building has been constructed in a previously underdeveloped and inaccessible area of the Canal. With all facilities along the Canal closing for the winter, Parks Canada plans to open the site in spring 2020 to coincide with the visitor season. We look forward to sharing updates in the spring regarding projects to come. 

North link path
North Link building

A first look at the new section of path and the North Link building! ©Parks Canada 

This work is part of the largest infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada. These investments in Parks Canada’s heritage, visitor and waterway infrastructure ensure safe, high-quality and meaningful experiences for visitors, enabling Canadians to discover nature and connect with history all across the country. 

To obtain up-to-date information on the infrastructure work under way at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site visit "Plan Your Commute” webpage.


Refurbishment of spillways 3, 4 and Mill

MONTRÉAL (QUÉBEC), October 23, 2019 - Parks Canada is performing work to refurbish spillways 3, 4 and Mill of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. Spillways are structures used to control the canal’s water levels.

For the Mill spillway, located in the Old Port of Montreal, work to demolish and rebuild the concrete so that new wall-mounted gates can be installed is scheduled for December 16, 2019, to May 1, 2020. Refurbishment of the stoplog hoist systems (painting and replacement of the hoist cables) is also planned, as well as a variety of electrical work.

The work on spillways 3 and 4 includes demolishing and rebuilding the weir and installing two new stoplogs. The work on spillway 4 will be carried out from October 28, 2019, to December 18, 2019, while the work on spillway 3 will be performed from November 14, 2019, to January 13, 2020.

Public safety is a priority for Parks Canada and all work is planned to ensure the security of users and workers. To minimize impacts to the public, the work is being conducted throughout the fall and winter months outside of the busy navigation season. No long-term obstruction to the path is expected.

Parks Canada reminds the public visiting the area to exercise caution, follow the signage in place, and consider alternate routes for activities in these specific sectors of the Lachine Canal.

 
Mill spillway
Spillway 3
 
Spillway 4

 


Infrastructure work on the lachine canal walls

Between Lock No. 3 and Wellington Bridge and between Côte-Saint-Paul and Monk Bridges

MONTRÉAL, Quebec, October 11, 2019 – Parks Canada would like to inform the public that infrastructure work is currently being conducted on the south side of the Lachine Canal walls, between Lock No. 3 and Wellington Bridge and between Côte-Saint-Paul and Monk Bridges. The work will be conducted from mid-October 2019 to May 2020 and will focus on sections of crowning walls which will be repaired or replaced to preserve this heritage component essential to the sustainability of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. 

Parks Canada is working with its community partners to plan and conduct the work. Although there should be minimal impact on the cycling and pedestrian traffic in the area, noise and dust may be a factor for residents and neighboring businesses. A detour for the pedestrians will be put in place via the Wellington Bridge. Cyclists will we redirected to the Mill Bridge.

During construction, Parks Canada wishes to remind the public to exercise caution and comply with construction zones and on-site signage. The safety of users and workers is paramount for Parks Canada.

The Lachine Canal’s walls are representative elements of the canal’s development and of construction techniques that have been used for over a century. The canal walls are necessary to the structure of the waterway since they retain the weight of the land and protect the shoreline. They are also essential to both navigation and the rich and varied activities offered along the banks of the canal.

Parks Canada is leading this infrastructure work along the Lachine Canal National Historic Site to ensure safe, high-quality experiences for visitors by improving heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas.

Parks Canada will provide information on this project through Facebook @QCCanals and on the “Plan Your Commute” webpage.

 


Rehabilitation of canal walls on the north side, between Lafleur and Angrignon bridges

MONTRÉAL, Quebec, August 2, 2019 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that infrastructure work is currently being carried out on the north side of the canal, over a 1,900-metre section of the walls, between the Lafleur and Angrignon bridges. From August 2019 to June 2020, crowning walls will be repaired or replaced to preserve this heritage component essential to the sustainability of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site.

Major detour

During the work, the path and banks will be under construction with heavy machinery. To ensure the safety and security of users and workers, the entire area will be closed for the duration of the work.

Parks Canada recommends that cyclists follow the signs installed near the site that will redirect them mainly to the Les Berges (along LaSalle Blvd.) and the Canal de l’Aqueduc municipal bicycle paths (along Champlain Blvd.).

The detour is explained in detail on the Lachine Canal Info-Work Plan Your Commute webpage

Parks Canada is actively working with area stakeholders to set up another detour to limit the impacts for users. Visitor safety is a priority for Parks Canada and we ask users to exercise caution and respect existing closures and signage in all work zones along the Lachine Canal.

Navigation for boaters along the canal is not affected by the closure and will proceed according to the summer 2019 schedule.

The canal walls are representative elements of the canal’s development and of construction techniques that have been used for over a century, and are essential to its overall structure, as they are weight-bearing and protect the banks. They are also essential to both navigation and the abundant and varied activities offered along the banks of the canal.

Until 2020, Parks Canada is investing close to $170 million at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site to rehabilitate several infrastructure elements, including walls, locks, bridges and footbridges and the path lighting system. Parks Canada will provide information on this project through Facebook @QCCanals and on the “Plan Your Commute” webpage.

 


Parks Canada sites in the Greater Montreal Area officially open for visitor season

Dreaming of exploring the stories of the past? Memories await you at Parks Canada places from coast to coast to coast!

May 16, 2019, Montréal, Quebec, Parks Canada Agency 

Whether you’re looking for adventure, fun science activities for the whole family, a chance to explore history, or a break from the everyday, Parks Canada has 450 000 km² of protected areas with countless unique experiences to suit your needs. 

Starting on May 17, the Greater Montreal Area national historic sites will officially open for the 2019 visitor season.  Sites where you will discover stories, historical figures, voyageurs, trappers and smugglers, as well as a beautiful waterway await you! Check them out while strolling, cycling, boating or rollerblading — there is something for everyone, from youngest to wisest.

The Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site Old Montreal
This summer, contemporary art will be featured in the living room of Sir George-Étienne Cartier’s home, the only Victorian-style interior you can visit in Montreal. Interdisciplinary artist Jocelyn Robert will be presenting a work of audio art as part of Period Rooms, a project carried out in partnership with VOX ‒ Centre de l’image contemporaine. Inspired by the “O Canada! mon pays! mes amours!” musical score, a song composed by Cartier himself, Jocelyn Robert wanted to spark a reflection on the memory of an illustrious figure and on what is left of it over time.

This artwork is part of a circuit of eight artistic interventions taking place at the Château Dufresne, the Château Ramezay, the Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal and the Molinari Foundation. Admission is $3.90 per adult and free for youth aged 17 and under.

The Lachine Canal National Historic Site

The oTENTik Experience

This summer, experience an original getaway in oTENTik accommodations on the shores of the Lachine Canal! Relax at the foot of Silo No. 5 and enjoy a unique panoramic view of the city. Explore the Lachine Canal on foot or on bike and take advantage of the many activities offered in the Old Port of Montreal. The oTENTik accommodations site offers you an unparalleled immersion in an exceptional urban and heritage setting for $120 per night. This summer, experience Montreal in a whole new way!

Learn-to Camp!
Once again this summer, Parks Canada is offering a Learn-to Camp program in an urban environment. The intent of the program is to initiate people, who have little to no camping experience, in order to pique their interest in exploring our national parks and nature. Located on a small island of greenery on the shores of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, a few steps from the Old Port, the program offers overnight initiation stays with outdoor cooking workshops, games and activity circuits that will entertain all generations. Of course, the traditional campfire and marshmallows are on the program! Four overnight stays are scheduled: June 15, July 6, August 3 and August 17. All information, reservation terms and conditions, fees and detailed programming are available on the Lachine Canal website.

Nautical Activities
The boat ride service on the waters of the Lachine Canal offered by Le Petit Navire provides an opportunity to explore the Port of Montreal waterway right up to the gourmet stop at the Atwater Market. And if you wish to see the city from another angle, H2O Adventures offers a wide range of safe watercraft from electric boats to kayaks, not to mention paddleboats.

The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site
The perfect spot to relive the fur trade era! Learn about the exploits and adventures of the trappers, voyageurs and Indigenous peoples who travelled by canoe from Lachine to Fort William. Admission is $3.90 per adult and free for youth aged 17 and under.

The Fort Chambly National Historic Site Montérégie
At the foot of the Richelieu Rapids, Fort Chambly lies on a picturesque site. This magnificent and strategic stone fortification comes alive with exciting activities to take part in all summer long as a family, in a group or alone: costumed interpretive activities, musket and artillery firing, architecture of the area, and a heritage vegetable garden. Visit the exhibition “Smuggling” which highlights the secrets of the illegal trade between the settlers and the Indigenous Nations. Admission: $5.65 per adult and free for youth aged 17 and under. Full programming is available on the website of the Fort Chambly National Historic Site.

The Fort Lennox National Historic Site is closed for the 2019 season owing to a major conservation project. Extensive restoration work is underway to conserve the Barrack, the Officers’ Quarters, the Guardhouse and two Magazines. These investments, which give a future to our past, are designed to allow Canadians to continue enjoying our rich history and heritage, and to preserve this unique site for future generations.

Parks Canada places belong to all Canadians. That is why the Government of Canada is pleased to continue to offer free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for youth aged 17 and under. By encouraging young people to discover nature and connect with history, we can help to inspire the next generation of stewards for these protected places.

In celebration of diversity, Parks Canada continues to offer free admission to new Canadian citizens for one year through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Canoo mobile app. Visiting Parks Canada’s national heritage places is a great way for Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and heritage.

Parks Canada staff of the Greater Montreal Area national historic sites are excited to welcome new and returning guests to experience everything that these sites have to offer.

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“Warm weather is finally here. It’s the perfect time to head back outside and reconnect with the places we love. Parks Canada has so many wonderful places where Canadians and visitors to Canada can explore our wilderness and learn about our culture and history. The Government of Canada is pleased to offer free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for young people, 17 and under. So let’s get outdoors, visit our national parks, historic sites, or marine conservation areas, taking advantage of discovering the places in Canada we love best.” 

The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick Facts

 

CHAMBLY (Quebec), May 16, 2019 – Parks Canada announces the gradual opening of the 2019 boating season on Parks Canada's historic canals in Quebec. Due to the recent severe flooding, opening to navigation will be delayed in some locations, and sites will remain closed to the public along the banks until further notice.

Lachine Canal National Historic Site
The Lachine Canal will be open to welcome recreational boaters for the boating season from today, May 17, until Monday, October 14th, 2019. Happy boating season to all!

Chambly Canal National Historic Site
The Chambly Canal season should be open to recreational boaters for the boating season from May 24 until Monday, October 14th, 2019. Prior to the opening of the season, visitors along the banks can still enjoy their favourite outdoor activities, as the canal path remains accessible at all times. 

Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site
The Saint-Ours Canal season should be open to recreational boaters for the boating season from May 24 until Monday, October 14th, 2019. It should be noted that the facilities located on Darvard Island will be closed to the public along the banks, as well as to recreational boaters until further notice. Parks Canada is asking for the cooperation of the public to respect traffic signs in order to maintain a safe and secure site. 

Carillon Canal National Historic Site
The Carillon Canal, as well as the park, are currently closed to the public along the banks and on the waterway. Parks Canada will inform the public of the reopening of facilities as soon as officials lift the restriction of navigation on the Ottawa River. 

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site
The Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal, as well as the park are currently closed to the public, along the banks and on the waterway. Parks Canada will inform the public of the reopening of facilities as soon as possible. 

Parks Canada is making every effort to ensure the rehabilitation and safe operations of our national historic canals and will inform the public of their reopening as soon as possible. The Agency is seeking the cooperation and support of all users in showing their understanding, exercising caution, and to respect the temporary traffic signs. 

For further details on the service periods and the opportunities for discovery on Quebec's historic canals, Parks Canada invites you to consult parkscanada.gc.ca/canals or contact 1 888 773-8888.

As part of Parks Canada network of historic sites and national parks, the national historic canals offer more than a million recreational boaters and visitors exceptional visitor services and recreational and heritage experiences.

 


Canal wall repairs

Path closure between Chemin Du Musée and Dollard Avenue in LaSalle
Restoration of the grounds at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Montreal, Quebec, May 6, 2019 — Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that rehabilitation work to restore the grounds will be carried out along the banks and paths of the south side of the Lachine Canal, between the Chemin du Musée and Dollard Avenue in LaSalle, by the end of May 2019. Now that repair and rehabilitation work of the canal walls has been successfully completed in this sector, the Agency is ensuring that the site is safe and welcoming for all users.

Since the work will result in the closure of the canal path, a detour will be set up to redirect cyclists to the public road network north of the canal in the borough of Lachine. Parks Canada works with community partners to plan and carry out this work, and the detour routes were developed in consultation with the boroughs of Lachine and LaSalle.

From west to east, the detour will first direct cyclists north on 6th Avenue (bike lane), then east on the exclusive bike path along William-MacDonald/Victoria Streets. Then, to ensure their safety, cyclists are encouraged to get off their bikes and walk the last 340 metres of the detour on Notre-Dame Street between Saint-Joseph Boulevard and Saint-Pierre Avenue. Cyclists will then join the Parks Canada’s path on the north side of the canal at the junction of Saint-Pierre Street. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the sidewalk on Saint-Patrick Street along the closed area of the canal during construction. The work will have no impact on navigation in the canal.

While the work is carried out, Parks Canada asks everyone to exercise caution and comply with work zones and signage. At all times, the safety of users and workers is paramount for Parks Canada.

Parks Canada makes every effort to minimize disruptions caused by infrastructure projects along the Lachine Canal and communicates information related to this work in a variety of ways, including the @LachineCanal social media account (Facebook) and online on the Info-Work – Plan Your Commute web page.

Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion over 5 years to complete infrastructure work at national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across the country. As part of this project, nearly $170 million will be invested in Lachine Canal National Historic Site to upgrade several structural elements of the waterway and thus enhance the experience of the more than one million people who visit this unique site every year.

 


Rehabilitation of canal walls between George-Étienne-Cartier and Atwater footbridges

Montreal, Quebec, May 3, 2019 — Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that work is currently conducted on the south side of the canal over a 813 meter section of the walls, between the Atwater and the George-Étienne-Cartier Footbridges. From May to October 2019, crowning walls will be repaired or replaced to preserve this heritage component essential to the sustainability of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site.

A temporary path is located just a few meters from the actual path, between George-Étienne-Cartier Footbridge and the CN/St-Henri Bridge. During the work, Parks Canada asks the public to exercise caution and comply with construction zones and on-site signage. The safety of users and workers is paramount for Parks Canada.

Parks Canada is working with its community partners to plan and conduct the work. Although there should be minimal impact on the cycling and pedestrian traffic in the area, noise and dust can be a factor for residents and neighboring businesses. Navigation on the canal will not be impacted.

The canal walls are representative elements of the canal’s development and of construction techniques that have been used for over a century and are essential to its overall structure, as they are weight baring and protect the banks. They are also essential to both navigation and the rich and varied activities offered along the banks of the canal.

Parks Canada will provide information on this project through Facebook @QCCanals and on the “Plan Your Commute”.

Until 2020, Parks Canada is investing close to $170 million at Lachine Canal National Historic Site to rehabilitate several infrastructure elements, including walls, locks, bridges and footbridges and the path lighting system.

 


Spring Maintenance on the Lachine Canal Path
Users to Exercise Caution as Work Continues

Montréal, Quebec, April 12, 2019 – The path along the Lachine Canal National Historic Site is maintained by Parks Canada from April 15 to November 15 each year. With spring weather on our doorstep, the Parks Canada’s team is hard at work to prepare the path to ensure all users can safely enjoy their favorite leisure activity.

Given the extreme and ongoing weather conditions of the winter season, along with continued infrastructure projects and other work led by third-parties along the canal, Parks Canada will have to undertake additional maintenance measures to ensure the Lachine Canal path is safe and welcoming for all users.

Path users should be aware there continues to be the presence of ice and mounds of snow blocking access to the path in some areas. These conditions are complicating the task of path preparation and causing a slight delay with the installation of bicycle racks and garbage receptacles. With the ongoing infrastructure work along the Canal, some contractors must await conditions to improve in order to complete the restoration of the grounds and the path affected by this work. These projects will be underway over the coming weeks as weather permits.

Providing a safe, high-quality experience for visitors of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site is a priority for Parks Canada. We thank all users for their understanding while the Parks Canada’s team works hard to prepare the path for the season. All users are asked to exercise caution and respect the signage when approaching snowy or icy surfaces.

Caution when approaching the tunnels

Parks Canada wishes to remind path users that although the surface of the path may appear clear, thin layers of ice may remain on the surface of the 10 tunnels that the Lachine Canal path crosses. Users should be particularly alert around the Gauron and Lafleur bridges. Temporary signage is currently in place.

For further information on the impacts of infrastructure work along the Lachine Canal, please visit the “Plan Your Commute” or subscribe to the @QCCanals social media accounts on Facebook .

 


Infrastructure work continues on the Lachine Canal Walls

Temporary path closure for vegetation removal and replanting 

Montreal, Quebec, March 13, 2019– Parks Canada is continuing major repairs along the 14 km of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site and will be working on the south side walls, between the Sir-George-Étienne Cartier and Atwater footbridges, and on the north side, between Lafleur Bridge and Angrignon Bridge, beginning in the spring of 2019.

The Lachine Canal's walls are necessary to the structure of the waterway since they retain the weight of the land and protect the shoreline. The tree canopy and greenery have grown significantly in recent years, both along and within the walls of the canal, creating a situation where the vegetation is compromising the preservation and maintenance of the canal. In order to maintain this historic structure, as well as to allow for the required restoration work, Parks Canada must remove trees and vegetation in specific locations.

Starting in mid-March, Parks Canada will remove 135 trees on the north side of the canal, between the Lafleur Bridge and the LaSalle-Coke crane, and an additional 30 trees on the south side, between the George-Étienne-Cartier and Atwater footbridges. Parks Canada is a recognized leader in conservation and built heritage. Prior to removal of trees and vegetation, all projects are subject to an environmental assessment to ensure mitigations are in place to maintain the ecology of the site and all work is conducted outside of bird nesting and migratory periods.

Public safety is a priority for Parks Canada. As this vegetation removal is underway, a section of the Lachine Canal path between Lafleur Bridge and Angrignon Bridge (north shore) will be closed intermittently for approximately two weeks. Signage will be on-site to inform users of this work.

Over the next 2 years, Parks Canada expects to plant a minimum of 300 trees on the south side of the canal. On the north side, approximately 200 additional trees, as well as several hundred shrubs, will be planted between Du Musée Road and the Gauron-Lafleur bridges. As part of the revegetation plans, Parks Canada is considering planting more trees along the canal, however must first ensure sufficient space is available for the optimal and sustainable growth of each tree, while also ensuring a safe distance is maintained for the long-term protection of the Lachine Canal walls.

Parks Canada recognizes the tree canopy and extensive greenery are important elements of the Lachine Canal. Over the coming months and years, as work continues along the 14 km of the canal, additional tree and vegetation removal may occur in relation to the diverse work required along the canal. Parks Canada will continue implementing various actions to re-plant trees and restore greenery to ensure the revitalization of the vegetation cover at the Lachine Canal; thus, preserving the natural beauty of this historic waterway while protecting the heritage integrity of the site.

For more information about work that will have an impact on the Lachine Canal’s users, please visit the “Plan Your Commute” webpage or subscribe to the @QCCanals social media accounts on Facebook.

 


North Link: Temporary work stoppage

Montreal, Quebec, February 18, 2019 - Parks Canada would like to inform the public that infrastructure work to develop new visitor facilities at the Lachine Canal National Historic site are temporarily suspended for the winter season. Work began in the summer of 2018 and will resume in the spring when weather conditions permit. This interruption will in no way affect the work schedule, with user access to the new facilities still planned for the end of summer 2019.

The work underway is in an area of the canal that had not been developed and was not easily accessed by the public. Through federal infrastructure funding, Parks Canada is adding a one-kilometre section of new path on the north side of the Canal, between Atwater Avenue and Des Seigneurs Street, along with a rest area and a building providing washroom facilities and a multipurpose room.                  

Since September 2018, the work completed by Parks Canada has included: paving the loop path at the Des Seigneurs tunnel; completing the foundation and subsurface infrastructure up to the future service building; constructing the cycling and foot paths between the future service building and Dominion Street; excavating street light bases between Dominion and Charlevoix streets; and, implementing the future building’s foundation features and erecting its steel structure. In the spring of 2019, Parks Canada will start construction work in the area between Charlevoix Street and Atwater Avenue.

Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. Through infrastructure investments, Parks Canada is protecting and preserving our treasured places, while supporting local economies and contributing to growth in the tourism sector.

To obtain up-to-date information on the infrastructure work under way at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site visit Info-Work - Plan Your Commute page.

 


Temporary closure as work begins on Atwater footbridge

Montréal, Quebec, February 5, 2019 – Parks Canada will begin infrastructure work on the Atwater footbridge, along the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, to extend the operating lifespan of this very busy thoroughfare. This important rehabilitation project will allow Parks Canada to upgrade this footbridge, located in the heart of a vibrant and dynamic area of the Lachine Canal, to ensure that everyone can safely enjoy it for many years to come.

The current structure of the footbridge dates back to 1984. To extend its lifespan, maintenance work on the structure will include replacement of the deck and the drainage system, repairs to abutments and painting of the footbridge’ steel components. The work is expected to begin on February 13, 2019, and will result in the complete closure of the footbridge for the approximately 10 weeks required to complete the bridge improvements.

To cross the Lachine Canal during construction, a clearly identified detour route will be located by the Charlevoix Bridge, to the East. In order to ensure a safe crossing for all, Parks Canada asks that all users respect the temporary signage and use the sidewalk designated for the direction they are crossing. The entire proposed detour, including the Charlevoix Bridge’s sidewalks, will be cleared of snow and maintained throughout the footbridge’ closure to the public. Alternative routes to reach the other side of the canal, such as the Des Seigneurs Bridge and the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier footbridge, further West, will continue to be available to users.

Parks Canada recognizes the impacts to users caused by this necessary closure. To minimize this disruption to both users and local establishments, the work is being completed during the winter season when there are few members of the public using the Canal’s pathways.

For more information about ongoing and future work on the Lachine Canal, consult the @LachineCanal social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) and the webpage entitled “Info-Work: Plan Your Commute”.

Map of detour

 


Parks Canada at the 2019 Montreal Boat Show: Enjoy the view, enjoy life!

Parks Canada is proud to partner with the Québec Maritime Association (QMA) as part of the 2019 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show which will be held from January 31th to 3rd at Place Bonaventure to raise awareness of one of the most beautiful navigation networks in the world. Parks Canada will welcome visitors this year to its space featuring Canada's historic canals and will help them plan their boat trips. Come and see us so you don't miss the boat!

The 2019 edition of the Boat Show promises to be very exciting since Parks Canada is preparing plenty of surprises for you: novelties, promotional offers for the 2019 season, contests and much more! The Parks Canada's Quebec and Ontario waterways team has assembled a package to guarantee you'll enjoy a fascinating journey.

An unbeatable pre-season offer!

The seasonal lockage permit is valid throughout the navigation season and allows you to go through any lock system that is part of Canada's national historic canals. The seasonal night mooring permit allows night mooring at seven national historic canals, two national parks and one national marine conservation area.

The pre-season offer will allow recreational boaters to save 20% on the current prices of seasonal lockage permits. With the purchase of the lockage permit, also take advantage of a 10% reduction on the night mooring permit.

Just have your boat registration number as well as the length of your boat on hand to make the purchase on the spot.

The 2019 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show is the largest nautical gathering in Quebec, and Parks Canada is pleased to participate in it to meet pleasure boating enthusiasts and increase awareness of its exceptional waterways. So it's a meeting as early as January 31!