You can walk, bike, navigate or snowshoe the 19 km of the former towpath and enjoy the charm of the canal, which has seen more than a century of history.

Although the canal’s path is accessible at all times, it is maintained from April 15 to November 15 only.


A cyclist with a white bike
Though unpaved, the path is separated from car traffic along 16 of its 20 kilometres.

Bike path network

The Chambly Canal path is part of the Trans Canada Trail and Route verte No. 1. It makes reaching Route verte No. 2 possible from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

You can do a 110 km loop along the Montérégiade, the Route des Champs and the Chambly Canal cycle paths. This network is part of the province-wide Route Verte 1 and the Trans Canada Trail.

More information



Picnic areas

The green wide-open spaces represent inviting locations for charming picnics with family and friends. On site, you will find picnic tables, parking spaces, public telephones, restrooms, and fountains.

Please note:

  • Picnic areas are not equipped with shelters
  • Fires and barbecues are prohibited
  • Pets are welcome as long as they are kept on a leash at all times, do not bother other users, and any trace of their passing is promptly removed

a kid in nature looking in binocular

Bird watching

The Chambly Canal is an oasis to enjoy and discover.

Bring your binoculars! Its proximity to the Richelieu River makes it possible to, among other things, observe migratory birds as they embark on their spring and fall journeys.



Parc des Ateliers

Located upstream from Lock No. 3, the Parc des Ateliers is an exceptional green space perfect for meeting family and friends for a picnic. This vast stretch of grass near downtown Chambly is ideal for flying kites or playing a game of Frisbee.

Because of its geographical location and scope, the Parc des Ateliers is great for holding  events.

À To the left : green space with pic-nic table. Right : postlamp and the canal
The new Place des Barges

La Place des Barges

The all-new Place des Barges is ready to welcome visitors on its shores as well as boaters that wish to moor their boats there and take advantage of the electric power hookup service provided with the addition of five electric power hookups.

Lock No. 9 Park

Located in Vieux-Saint-Jean, Lock No. 9 Park is the ideal place to relax near boutiques and restaurants. Picnic tables, restrooms, a water source, and WiFi Internet access are offered to enhance your visit.

An Amis du canal de Chambly kiosk is onsite to provide information about bike rentals and the various activities offered at the canal.


Winter activities

Ice skating on the canal

From Mid-January to March, subject to weather conditions

Alone, with your friends or family, come get moving by ice skating on the Chambly Canal! Parks Canada hosts three skating rinks that are accessible to the public and maintained and supervised by the municipalities of Chambly and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

Parks Canada wishes to remind the public that it is dangerous to venture onto the ice that forms elsewhere on the canal, beyond maintained skating rinks.

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing

Subject to weather conditions

Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to use the strip along the canal. During winter, it is perfect for off-trail cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.


Friends of the Chambly Canal

Friends of the Chambly Canal will welcome you at the entrance to the Chambly and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu path.

Whether you’d like to spend the afternoon cycling, kayaking, or heading out on a geocaching adventure, they will be able to guide you in your activity.

More information - 450-658-9167

GPS tourist rally

Are you an adventurer at heart? Les Amis du canal de Chambly present a GPS tourist rally that involves simple instructions for finding caches along the canal.

On a bicycle or on foot, this activity is sure to please the entire family!

More information - 450-658-9167


Environmental protection

Environmental management policy

As part of its mandate, Parks Canada is committed to managing its operations in a way that ensures the ecological and commemorative integrity of Canada’s National Parks. Hence, Parks Canada greatly contributes to the federal government’s sustainable development strategy.

Further information

If you witness a troubling incident in this respect, please contact us.

Environmental Partner

If, like us, the preservation of the Chambly Canal, its biodiversity, and its environment are important to you, we invite you to send your projects to us via e-mail: info.canal@pc.gc.ca.

For greater involvement:

Comité de concertation et de valorisation du bassin de la rivière Richelieu (COVABAR)