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Under Your Skin Contest: it’s Time to Vote!

To the drawing board! To the drawing board!
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January 20th to February 2nd, 2015

Parks Canada and Art Souterrain are back with the second edition of the Under Your Skin tattoo design contest! Artists were invited to create a design that would become the next air brush tattoo offered by Parks Canada.

It’s time to vote for your favorite design!

You can vote for your best drawing from January 20th to February 2nd, 2015. The top three designs will become the next Parks Canada tattoos. The tattoos will be offered by Parks Canada during the 2015 edition of Art Souterrain, throughout the Montreal’s Nuit Blanche on February 28th and the Spotlight event of the festival on March 8th.

The winning designs will be used across the country by Parks Canada at promotional events.

Visit the Under Your Skin page to vote!


Plan your next memorable experience on the network of historic canals!
Plan your next memorable experience on the network of historic canals!
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Boat and Water Sports Show

February 5 to 8

The 16th edition of the Montréal Boat and Water Sports Show will take place at the Place Bonaventure from February 5 to 8.

Parks Canada invites you to visit their booth for the occasion: make the most of this opportunity and plan your next memorable experience on the network of historic canals with the Quebec Waterways team.


Practice Winter Activities Safely

Ice-skating is forbidden

Montreal, December 15, 2014 — Parks Canada reminds the public to enjoy their winter activities safely in the areas set aside for that purpose. Parks Canada asks for everyone’s support and collaboration in observing the rule against walking on the canal ice that forms at Lachine Canal National Historic Site. From November 15 to April 15, the urban park remains open, even though the path along the canal will not be maintained or patrolled.

The risk of an incident is high if you venture out onto the canal’s unstable and unmonitored ice. Currents, water depth, the presence of structures, and variations in the thickness of the ice, which is fragile in certain places, are enough reasons to stay on shore.

There are numerous outdoor skating rinks open to the public in the South-West Borough and throughout Montreal Island. To find out where you can enjoy winter activities, check out the “Activités et loisirs” section on the homepage of the borough website www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/sud-ouest, the “Activities and Recreation” section of the city’s website www.ville.montreal.qc.ca, or the Quays of the Old Port website www.oldportofmontreal.com/the-quays-skating-rink.html


The Lachine Canal in the Heart of Montréal


Passage of a Boat Through a Lock
Passage of a Boat Through
a Lock at Chambly Canal

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Lockage Fees

Following extensive comments and ideas on the proposed canal lockage fee, Minister Kent announced on May 14, 2013, that Parks Canada will freeze recreational lockage fees along Canada's historic canals for three years at 2008 levels.

More information


One of the most beautiful urban circuit in the world!
One of the most beautiful urban circuit in the world!
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Canal’s Path Maintenance

The Lachine Canal’s path is maintained from April 15th to November 15th each year.

The Lachine Canal National Historic Site’s path was ranked third among the world’s top urban cycling trips by the American magazine TIME.

Read the article

Did you know?

The Lachine Canal path was inaugurated in 1978. Part of its route follows the former towpath built when the canal opened in 1825. This path was used by horses that towed or pulled dismasted sailing vessels between Lachine and the Old Port.