Lachine Canal National Historic Site

A Lockage at the Lachine Canal
A Lockage at the Lachine Canal
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Nautical Activities

Pleasure Boating

Discover the magic of boating on waters that were both the forerunner of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the cradle of Canadian industry. After 5 years of continuous work, the Lachine Canal opened for boating in 2002.

Technical Data and Maps


Bateaux de plaisance navigants sur le canal
Yachtsmen Navigating on the Lachine Canal
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  • Downstream entrance: St. Lawrence River, Old Port of Montreal, Alexandra Basin
  • Upstream entrance : St. Lawrence River, Lake Saint-Louis, the navigation channel is on the north side of the Marina
  • Length: 14.5 kilometres
  • Total drop: approximately 14 metres
  • Guaranteed draught: 2 metres
  • Clearance under bridges: 2.43 metres
  • Size of the smallest lock : 49 metres by 12,2 metres
  • Number of locks: 5
  • Maximum speed: 10 kilometres/hour or less (in some places, the watercraft has to slow down so as not to create a wake)
  • Transit time: from 3 to 5 hours


Kayaking Activity on the Lachine Canal
Kayaking Activity
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Boating

Non-motorized boats such as canoes and kayaks are welcome on the canal. Users need to get a seasonal vignette at locks 3, 4 or 5 at a $5 price (lockage fees are not included).

Information: 514 595-6594

Nautical Regulations

Maximum speed: 10 kilometres/hour or less (in some places, the watercraft has to slow down so as not to create a wake).

Consult the Historic Canals Regulations (SOR/93-220)

Recreational Rental Services

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H2O Adventures

In addition to pleasure boating, the Lachine Canal is a wonderful place to enjoy nautical activities in the heart of the city. You can rent small craft such as electric boats, pedal boats, kayaks and sailboats from member concessions along the Pôle des Rapides in the Old Canal sector, Côte-Saint-Paul sector and the Atwater Market sector.