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Lachine Canal National Historic Site

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Free Bicycle Engraving

This summer, Prévention Sud-Ouest, in collaboration with the SPVM, is offering a free bicycle engraving service along the Lachine Canal.

With a small specialized tool, the Prévention Sud-Ouest team engraves an indelible personal identification number on your bicycle. This number is then registered by police services. When a lost bicycle is found, this number allows it to be traced back to its owner.

The bicycle engraving service will be offered in two locations: southwest of the Atwater footbridge (next to Ma Bicyclette), and near the Centre Gadbois, next to the Canal.

More information: http://prevention-sud-ouest.com (only in French)


Introduction to the Pleasures of Boating on the Lachine Canal!

Parks Canada celebrates the Nautical Fest

June 27, 2014 Montreal, Quebec, Parks Canada

Discover a new side of Montreal during the Nautical Fest!
Discover a new side of Montreal during the Nautical Fest!
© Parks Canada

Parks Canada, in collaboration with the Association maritime du Québec (AMQ) and partners of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, invites everyone to the Nautical Fest on July 5 and 6. Whether by using a canoe, a boat, a pedal boat or simply to appreciate the stunning view of the water, come discover the joys of boating and see a new side of the city!

Through initiatives like these, Parks Canada is supporting Canada's National Conservation Plan by taking concrete action to connect Canadians to nature. In addition, the ongoing work of Parks Canada and programs – like the Xplorers program, Learn-to Camp and special events and exciting new activities and programs across the country – are enhancing visitor experience and facilitating personal connections with Parks Canada places.

Boat tours on Le Petit Navire
During this festive weekend, nautical activities will be front and centre. Parks Canada and its partners have created a special program that will delight people of all ages. New activities this summer include boat tours on the Canal with Le Petit Navire, during which you will discover the waterway while listening to the captivating captain. From Friday to Sunday, the boat leaves the Jacques-Cartier Quay at 11:30 a.m. in the Old Port of Montreal and the wharf near Atwater Market at 2 p.m. This silent and eco-friendly boat will reveal a new side of Montreal to you! Reservations required, call 514-602-1000.

Kayaking with H2O Adventures
On Saturday morning, H2O Adventures organizes a kayak and picnic excursion to discover the rich fauna of the Lachine Canal. Starting in the Saint-Gabriel locks in the Old Port, and passing through the Peel basin and near the iconic Farine Five Roses sign, this adventure will make you discover a side of Montreal you’ve never seen before. On Sunday, learn the basics of kayaking during an introductory class. Here is your chance to enjoy this increasingly popular sport. To celebrate the Nautical Fest, Adventures H2O offers a 10% discount all weekend on these special activities! Be the first to reserve by calling 514-842-1306 or visiting h2oadventures.ca

Rabaska tours with Pôle des Rapides
During the Nautical Fest weekend, Pôle des Rapides will launch its rabaska canoe circuit in Old Lachine. Paddle through history with family or friends, and take advantage of this package that includes a free pass, valid throughout the summer, to visit three museums in Old Lachine: the Musée de Lachine, the Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site, and the Sisters of Sainte Anne Historic Centre. On Saturdays and Sundays, two departures are offered (1 p.m. and 3 p.m.). For information, rates, and reservations, call 514-364-4490 or visit vieuxlachine.com

Nautical Fest
The Nautical Fest celebrates its third anniversary on bodies of water, rivers, and shores all over the province. During that weekend, the Quebec water sports industry works together to offer activities and events such as tours in canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and other boats, small and large, entertainment, workshops on water safety, demonstrations, and much more, to introduce the public to the pleasures of boating.

Quick facts

  • Don’t miss the Nautical Fest’s 3rd edition that will take place on July 5th and 6th, 2014 on the Lachine Canal.
  • To mark the event, Parks Canada and its partners have created a special program that will delight people of all ages.
  • This summer, the shores of the Lachine Canal will come to life with a rich and diversified program. Discover a new side of Montreal during the Nautical Fest!

Quote

“The Nautical Fest is the ideal opportunity for family and friends to plan an outing to try out some of the many sports and recreational activities offered on this wonderful body of water in the heart of Montreal. Through such initiatives, Parks Canada and its partners along the Lachine Canal contribute to the National Conservation Plan’s goals by bringing Canadians closer to nature, and helping them appreciate it.”
Luc-André Mercier, Director, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada


Ready for Your First Urban Camping Experience?

Now is the time to register for Parks Canada’s Learn-to Camp event!

June 2, 2014 – Montreal, Quebec – Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada

Imagine camping in the heart of Montréal
Imagine camping in the heart of Montréal
© Parks Canada

Would you like to enjoy a unique camping experience right in the heart of downtown Montreal? Do you picture yourself spending the night under the stars, but have no idea what equipment you need to survive a few hours outside your home? Perfect timing! The Learn-to Camp weekend is back on June 21 and 22 at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site!

Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) encourage those interested in experiencing their first camping experience to come and learn the basics, cook outdoors, and benefit from the advice of experts from Parks Canada and MEC! All you need to bring is your sleeping bag and evening meal, we’ll take care of the rest!

Open-air concerts for everyone

For a fourth consecutive year, the Learn-to Camp event at the Lachine Canal will be held at the same time as the Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal, a public event featuring traditional folk music by internationally renowned and up-and-coming artists. The Lachine Canal’s Learn-to Camp event is the perfect choice for those who enjoy having music fill their ears. Everything you need for a truly proper awesome experience!

Register to participate!

Spaces are limited so you must register in advance. Registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your spot and take advantage of this unique opportunity, call us now at 1-888-773-8888. Starting at $88 for up to four people (includes tent, sleeping pads and breakfast).

Quick facts

  • Îlot Charlevoix, located at the corner of Saint-Patrick and Charlevoix streets, will be transformed into a campground for a weekend bursting with activities, just a few steps away from the Atwater Market!
  • Curious? Here’s a sneak peek at the program: slack-lining, inflatable games, rabaska canoe rides, campfire and marshmallows, evening talks with La Mauricie National Park... enough to blow you away!
  • Participants will get a chance to win a two-night stay for four people at the Wabenaki or Andrew lodges, located at the lac à la Pêche in La Mauricie National Park, or a two-night oTENTik stay for four people. Everything you need for a dream holiday surrounded by nature!

Quotes

“The Learn-to Camp initiative is a great opportunity for Canadians, especially those living in urban centres away from national parks, national marine conservation areas or in some cases, national historic sites, to discover the joys of camping. An array of activities will be available to the participants while visiting the Lachine Canal, providing them a memorable Canadian camping experience, in the heart of downtown Montreal.” - Luc-André Mercier, Director, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada

“The goal of Learn-to Camp is to provide participants with an enjoyable first-time camping experience in our natural treasure, La Mauricie National Park.” - Carole Loiselle, Superintendant, La Mauricie and Western Quebec Field Unit, Parks Canada

This Summer, the Lachine Canal is the Place to Be!

Parks Canada unveils its 2014 program

May 26, 2014 – Montreal, Quebec – Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada

Parks Canada is proud to announce the opening of the 2014 season at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site—THE summer destination in the heart of Montreal. With outdoor activities offered everyday in an exceptional setting, delicious gourmet discoveries, and a thrilling events program, the whole city will move to the rhythm of the Canal this summer!

Explore the canal from a new perspective!
Explore the canal from a new perspective!
© Parks Canada

Outdoor discoveries for everyone

Among the new features this summer, the boat tour service on the Lachine Canal offered by Le Petit Navire will let you explore the Old Port of Montreal waterway up to the Atwater Market for a gourmet break. And for a stress-free experience along the Canal’s 14-km path, one of the world’s most beautiful urban circuits, My Bicyclette offers a range of quality bicycles and maintenance services. The popular Lunchs du canal will also return with food trucks installed in various spots along the waterway to serve creative gastronomy typical of Montreal. To see the city in a new light, H2O Adventures offers a host of safe crafts, from the electric-powered boat to the kayak and pedalo. Everything you need for a truly fantastic experience!

A surprising cultural agenda and sporting calendar

All summer long, the banks of the Lachine Canal will come to life with a vibrant program of activities. On June 21 and 22, the Îlot Charlevoix will turn into an urban campground with the Learn-to Camp activity. Throughout the weekend, participants will get a chance to spend a night under the stars in the heart of the city, and enjoy a wide array of outdoor activities. Moreover, the event will take place at the same time as the Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal, which features folk and traditional music from here and abroad. Building on its 2013 success, the Nautical Fest will return on July 5th and 6th to introduce the general public to the pleasures of water sports. Several sporting events will also be held in the stunning scenery of the Canal, such as the Lachine Half-Marathon, and the Circuit Bleu Charles-Bruneau.

The events calendar has plenty of musical and festive surprises that will be revealed throughout the summer; watch the website and don’t miss a beat!

Quick facts

  • The highly entertaining 2014 season is awaiting visitors at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site!
  • All summer long, the banks of the Canal will host a wide variety of fascinating events.
  • With many outdoor activities offered daily, the Lachine Canal is THE summer destination in the heart of Montreal.

Quote

“This summer is sure to be fantastic at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, and Parks Canada is inviting the public to rediscover this unique location in Montreal. Successful collaborations between Parks Canada and its partners along our historic canals continue to foster captivating recreational and tourist activities and contribute to the development of local economies.” - Luc-André Mercier, Director, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada

We’re also on Twitter! @LachineCanal


The Lachine Canal Path now Completely Open

One of the most beautiful urban circuit in the world One of the most beautiful urban circuit in the world
© Parks Canada

Montréal, Quebec, April 28, 2014 – Parks Canada would like to inform users of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site that its path is now completely open. The federal Agency is grateful to everyone for their patience and cooperation.

Every year, cyclists, walkers, and inline skaters use the Lachine Canal path. With good weather on its way, Parks Canada also takes this opportunity to remind users that respect and caution help ensure safety and reduce the risk of accidents.

With its 14-kilometre path, the Lachine Canal offers a host of summer entertainment. Ranked third among the most beautiful urban routes in the world by Time magazine, the Lachine Canal and its path are enjoyed as much for boating, relaxing on a nearby terrace, picnicking, and savouring gourmet visits to the Atwater Market as they are for cycling excursions. Everyone is invited to join in!


The Lachine Canal in the Heart of Montréal


A Little Snack?

In cooperation with the Association des restaurateurs de rue du Québec, Parks Canada is welcoming food trucks this summer along the Lachine Canal—offering a culinary experience worthy of Montreal’s reputation for fine food!

More information


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

© Parks Canada

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


Canal’s Path
Canal’s Path
© Parks Canada

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.


Free Wireless Internet at the Atwater Quay

Wi-Fi

To the delight of recreational boaters, waterfront residents, and tourists in southwestern Montreal, Parks Canada now offers free wireless Internet access at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site’s Atwater Quay, at the corner of Atwater Avenue and Saint-Ambroise Street. It is now possible to surf the Internet while enjoying this unique urban park along the peaceful waters of the canal and next to the public market.

Wi-Fi is available daily throughout the summer season during the Parks Canada kiosk’s business hours. Visitors are invited to obtain the required password onsite.

Free wireless Internet access is also available at the Chambly Canal’s Lock No. 9, courtesy of the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.