Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Cyclists on the Canal’s Path
Cyclists on the Canal’s Path
© Parks Canada

Canal’s Path

Travel the Canal from One End to the Other!

Did you know? The canal’s path was ranked the third most beautiful urban circuit in the world by Time magazine in 2009.

The Lachine Canal’s path was opened in 1977, making it one of the oldest such paths in the Montreal area. It is also one of the most popular because of its superb green spaces. Located in the heart of the bicycle network in the South-West sector of the island of Montreal, it follows the canal for 14.5 km, from the Bonaventure Expressway west of the Old Port to Chemin du Musée in Lachine.

A Gorgeous View of Montreal
A Gorgeous View of Montreal
© Parks Canada

This excursion is accessible to all since the route is flat. Experienced cyclists can travel from one end of the path to another in an hour.

The path is maintained from April 15 to November 15 and the park is open year round from dawn to 11:00 p.m. As soon as snow conditions permit, cross-country skiers can use the canal corridor for skiing, although the trail is not maintained or mechanically groomed.

Download the Canal’s Path map


Bike Rental Service

The bike rental and repair service, Mybicyclette, is just steps from the Atwater Market.

Safety and Regulations

Maximum Speed Limit is 20 km/h
Maximum Speed Limit
is 20 km/h

© Parks Canada

The cyclist and pedestrian paths along the Lachine Canal are very safe. They are completely separated from car traffic, cross only one street along their entire length, and are lighted at night. Signs and maps make it easy for visitors to find their way. Nevertheless, courtesy and caution are the keys to a successful outing.

The paved path is shared by cyclists, in-line skaters, and walkers. The maximum speed limit is 20 km/h.

Domestic animals are welcome as long as they are: kept on a leash, don't disturb other users, and that any trace of their passing are promptly erased. Please take note that the promenade Père-Marquette park is rented to the Lachine District which prohibits dogs in its public areas.

Consult the Domestic Animals section of the Historic Canals Regulations (SOR/93-220)

For security reasons, ice-skating is currently forbidden on the Lachine.