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Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Events 2014

Plantation of trees
Plantation of trees
© Parks Canada

Pro-Vert Sud-Ouest

Do you want the Lachine Canal to flourish? Throughout the summer, Pro-Vert Sud-Ouest (only in French) is organizing a range of activities to ensure the Lachine Canal looks its best.

Your help is needed to clean the banks, get rid of graffiti and give a hand with planting and several other activities.

More information (only in French)

Défi du Canal Lachine

Rowing activity Rowing activity
© Parks Canada
May 25

To celebrate 150 years of rowing in Canada, Aviron Lachine is inviting rowers to take part in the 6th edition of the Défi du Canal Lachine (Lachine Canal Challenge).

The approximately 5 km route will take you back in time as you paddle the waters where our ancestors founded the first rowing club in North America.

Spectators are invited to watch the impressive races from the banks of the canal and to cheer on participants. Rowers of all levels are welcome.

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Montréal Folk Fest on the Canal

June 20 to 22

Montréal Folk Fest on the Canal invites you to the Îlot Charlevoix for a weekend of musical discoveries, with folk and traditional music taking centre stage.

The public will enjoy soaking up the family-oriented atmosphere while listening to free concerts by internationally renowned artists and up-and-comers from Quebec. The event is being held at the same time as the Learn-to Camp activity, so why not take advantage and get a few tips from the experts!

Visit to find out what’s on.

Learn to Camp and
Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal

Imagine camping in the heart of Montréal
Imagine camping in the heart of Montréal
© Parks Canada
June 21 and 22

Presented by Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op, the fourth Learn to Camp weekend is taking place at the same time as the 7th Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal.

Îlot Charlevoix will be transformed into a campground for a weekend bursting with fun activities.

The Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal is a public event where you have the opportunity to discover folk, traditional and acoustic music performed by internationally renowned and up-and-coming artists from Quebec.

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Fête du nautisme

July 5 and 6

Following the success of the 2013 vintage, the Fête du nautisme is back this year to introduce young and old alike to the joys of nautical activities. All aboard!

Over a fun-filled weekend, Quebec’s water-sport fraternity comes together to bring you a range of activities and events on the Lachine Canal: you can canoe, kayak, go in a pedal boat or other small craft, enjoy a boat trip, or take part in organized activities, water safety workshops, demonstrations and much more!

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Lachine Half Marathon

August 24

The 2nd edition of the Lachine Half Marathon will take place on August 24, with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Society of Montréal.

The run, brought to you in partnership with the Borough of Lachine, is open to runners of all levels, competing over distances of 1 km, 2 km, 5 km, 10 km and 21 km. Families and experienced runners are invited to get moving for a good cause along our magnificent route, which takes in Lake St-Louis, the St. Lawrence River and Lachine Canal.

Information and registration

Weekend at the Peel Basin

September 13 and 14

On Saturday, September 13, the Peel Basin will be transformed into a real outdoor dance floor to welcome French Fox and Beat Market during a rare DJ-style performance.

Under the big top circus tent, shaded by the iconic Farine Five Roses sign, these popular groups will thrill electronic music lovers until 10:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., come and try the fare offered by the street food trucks!

A few steps from the city centre and Old Montréal A few steps from the city centre and Old Montréal
© Jean-Michael Semirano

On Sunday, September 14, several of Canada’s national treasures will be featured in the heart of the city, at the Peel Basin, providing the public with a day of outdoor activities including street food and background music.

Parks Canada and its partners have planned an array of activities including: Bike and boat tours, Rabaska canoeing, slack-lining, and much more! Indie pop/nu-disco background music will be provided by the musical groups Le Couleur and Fonkynson. The activities will be held between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wiggle and waggle on the wharf!

Enjoy looking at the complete program

Free admission

Circuit bleu Charles-Bruneau

September 18 to 21

From September 18 to 21, 2014, the Island of Montréal will host the first edition of the Circuit Bleu Charles-Bruneau. Travelling solo or as part of a relay team, kayakers will paddle more than 110 km in 4 days to raise funds to help children with cancer.

Participants will travel along the Route bleue du Grand Montréal, via the Lachine and Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue canals. They will be able to see Montréal from a new perspective and marvel at the stunning beauty of its natural environment.

Information and registration