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Parks Canada at the Montreal In-Water Boat Show

September 5 to 7

The Quebec Maritime Association (QMA) presents the Montreal In-Water Boat Show 5th edition, from September 5 to 7. Details of this edition’s program are available on the website.

Parks Canada will be displaying a booth on its network of waterways. Visitors of the Boat Show will have the opportunity to learn more about the locks and the way they operate as well as on the importance of Parks Canada’s historic canals for the boating industry. We hope to see you there!

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.


“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

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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

© 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

One of the most beautiful urban circuit in the world!
One of the most beautiful urban circuit in the world!
© 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.