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Parks Canada at the 2017 Montreal Boat Show

2017 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show - February 02 to 05 - Place Bonaventure - Aviva - Desjardins

Montreal (Quebec), January 17, 2017 - Parks Canada is proud to be part of the the 2017 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show which will be held from February 2nd to 5th at Place Bonaventure to raise awareness of one of the most beautiful navigation networks in the world. Again this year, Parks Canada will welcome visitors to its space featuring Canada's historic canals and helping them to plan their trips on the water. Come and see us so you don't miss the boat!

In 2017, Parks Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation by offering free entry to ALL national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across Canada. On Quebec’s historic canals, this means that pleasure craft and non-motorized boats will be able to go through locks free of charge to access major cities as well as their favourite bodies of water. It’s our way of wishing you a happy 150th!

Be the first to get your seasonal lockage permit!
Simply ask for your free seasonal lockage permit at the Parks Canada booth; make sure you have your registration number handy as well as information about the length of your craft.

Prizes and more prizes!
When you visit Parks Canada's stand at the Boat Show and ask for your free seasonal lockage permit, you run the chance of winning one of the following prizes for the 2017 season including a mooring permit and two - two night oTENTik stay, an all new type of accommodation at Saint-Ours Canal where you'll enjoy a hassle-free camping experience less than an hour from Montreal. Come visit us! (Read the contest rules)


Parks Canada's booth at the Montréal boat and water sports show Come visit us at Parks Canada's booth!
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Activities for the whole family
On Saturday and Sunday, February 4th & 5th, come and meet Parks Canada's superstar, the mascot Parka. Since Parka loves making new friends, take advantage of it by taking a picture with her!

The 2017 edition of the Boat Show promises to be very exciting since Parks Canada has a trove of surprises in store for you: novelties, promotions for the 2017 season, contests, rare visit and more! Parks Canada's Quebec and Ontario navigable waterways team has assembled a package to guarantee you'll enjoy a fascinating journey. So it's a meeting as early as February 2th!


Cross-country ski path, Winter trail and path cleared of snow at the Lachine Canal

Walker and his dog on the Lachine Canal's path during winter Walker and his dog on the Lachine Canal's path during winter
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Monrtréal (Québec), December 16, 2016 - Winter sports are at the forefront this January at the Lachine Canal; the City of Montreal, in association with the Sud-Ouest borough and Parks Canada, is launching the second year of a winter activities pilot project this winter.

Winter Trail
An 8-km winter trail extending from the Gauron and Lafleur bridges to the Atwater Market enables young and old to enjoy winter's pleasures in the enchanting setting of the Lachine Canal.

Cross-Country Skiing
A groomed 6-km path is available for cross-country skiing enthusiasts so that they can indulge in their favourite sport in an urban setting. The cross-country ski path also starts at the Gauron and Lafleur bridges and ends at the centre Gadbois.

Snow clearing of the path
This winter, the City of Montreal will clear the snow from a 1-km section of the Lachine Canal path, between Richmond and Smith streets on the north side of the canal. This is a pilot project that will allow winter cycling enthusiasts to join two links of the City’s four-season bike path network.

These winter activities will allow many more Canadians to take advantage of the exceptional features offered by the Lachine Canal National Historic Site in the heart of Montreal.

Parks Canada wishes to remind everyone that for safety reasons, venturing onto the ice of the Lachine Canal is prohibited at all times.


Lowering of the Water Level in the Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Montréal, Quebec, October 3, 2016 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that the water level will be completely lowered in the Lachine Canal starting October 12, 2016. The canal will remain dry until the last week of December 2016 in order to allow inspections and repairs on the canal’s structures.

Parks Canada will invest more than 173 million dollars over five years at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. This major investment will result in the upgrading of a number of structural components of this navigable waterway and will improve the experience of the more than one million people who visit this exceptional site each year.


Marc Bergevin recounts his memories of the Lachine Canal

Montréal Canadiens general manager recounts his memories of the Lachine Canal in one of Parks Canada’s red chairs Montréal Canadiens general manager recounts his memories of the Lachine Canal in one of Parks Canada’s red chairs
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New season in this emblematic location of Montréal

June 2, 2016, Montréal, Québec, Parks Canada Agency

To launch the new season, Parks Canada is unveiling unpublished video clips in which public figures recount their memories of the Lachine Canal. To begin, immerse yourself in the childhood of Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin to discover the origins of his attachment to this emblematic Montreal location. And this summer, take advantage of the activities and events that are offered there to add your story to those of the Lachine Canal and live unforgettable moments at the site!

Marc Bergevin recounts the Lachine Canal

Parks Canada has invited a number of individuals to share their memories of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, while seated in a red Adirondack chair. In the video capsule launched today, the General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens recalls the history of his family in the Lachine Canal neighbourhood and the reasons that led him to return after an absence of 30 years. Other capsules will be released this summer to reveal the memories of public figures at this Montreal landmark.

Since 2015, the Parks Canada red chairs have allowed visitors to the Lachine Canal to enjoy breathtaking views of Montreal and the structural elements that comprise its rich heritage. Take the opportunity to share your moment of relaxation with the hashtag #TimeToConnect!

THE summer destination in the heart of Montreal

This summer promises to be an exciting one at the Lachine Canal with surprising events and outdoor activities offered every day. Among the programmed events is the absolute must Learn to Camp which will be held on 18th and 19th of June at Parks Canada's Esplanade du Centenaire, at the same time as the very popular Montréal Folk Fest on the Canal. Take a ride in an electric boat on the waters of the canal with Le Petit Navire, bike on one of the most beautiful urban paths in the world using the bike rental services of Ma Bicyclette and see Montréal in a different way aboard one of the vessels of H2O Adventures. Take advantage of your crossing to stock up on fresh produce at Atwater Market and picnic on the banks. New this year: meet at the Canal Lounge floating café to quench your thirst in a unique setting.

Quotes

"With the [Lachine] Canal being all [re]done, with the biking, the jogging, I think it is a nice place to live. You get the Atwater Market, which is right here. I just love being here; I feel like it’s home!"

Marc Bergevin, Vice President and General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens

"To mark the new season at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, Parks Canada is excited to present these video clips that highlight this treasure of our cultural heritage. This is an original way to invite the population to the Lachine Canal this summer to take part in activities in the open air while getting close to nature and learning more about our rich history."

Luc-André Mercier, Director, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada


The facts in brief

  • The General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens, Marc Bergevin, recounts his childhood memories of the Lachine Canal in an unprecedented video capsule.
  • With surprising events and outdoor activities offered daily in an exceptional setting, the Lachine Canal is THE summer destination in the heart of Montreal.
  • Enjoy the Lachine Canal's red chairs to see Montreal in a different way and add your story to those of the Lachine Canal by sharing your photo with the hashtag #TimeToConnect.
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The Government of Canada announces new investment in Parks Canada’s historic canals in Quebec

The Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, and Luc-André Mercier, Director of the Quebec Waterways The Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, and Luc-André Mercier, Director of the Quebec Waterways
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March 29, 2016, Montréal, Quebec, Parks Canada Agency

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, today announced an investment of more than $170 million to protect and preserve Parks Canada’s five historic canals in Quebec.

Canada’s National Parks are a vital part of who we are as a country – they bring our communities together and represent our shared heritage.

Today’s major investment will be used to conduct reconstruction work on the walls of the Lachine Canal, on the impressive lock of the Carillon Canal, and on the locks and bridges of the Chambly Canal. The funding will also be allocated to rehabilitate and reconstruct heritage-value buildings – such as the Chambly Canal superintendent’s house – and to build structures that preserve biodiversity, such as the Vianney-Legendre Fish Ladder on the Saint Ours Canal. Finally, service areas and footpaths will be built for the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal, in order to increase the experience for all visitors.

The Government of Canada will continue to make investments in our environment to ensure that our children and grandchildren are left with a country even more beautiful, sustainable, and prosperous than the one we have now.

Quote

“Through this significant investment, our government is protecting and preserving these treasured places, while supporting local economies, contributing to growth in the tourism sector, and enhancing the charm and attractiveness of these heritage sites. I encourage Canadians to visit and experience Parks Canada’s special places and to enjoy the outdoors, while learning about our rich history and heritage.”

- The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Parks Canada is the largest provider of natural and cultural tourism products in Canada and its destinations form the cornerstones of the Canadian tourism industry.
  • The Lachine Canal, which draws more than 1.2 million visitors, is an important gathering place and tourist attraction in Montreal.
  • National Historic canals are a defining feature of Canada and encourage communities and visitors to discover their beautiful landscapes, recreational opportunities and unique connection to our history.
  • Parks Canada is present in hundreds of communities across Canada and contributes approximately $3 billion dollars to the Canadian economy every year. Parks Canada’s overall contribution to the Canadian economy is responsible for more than 40,000 jobs from coast to coast to coast.
  • Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

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.

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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.

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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.