Lachine Canal National Historic Site

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Maintenance of the Lachine Canal Path

Ice accumulation causes delays in preparing the path for reopening

April 7, 2014 – Montréal, Quebec – Quebec Waterways Unit, Parks Canada

One of the most beautiful urban circuit in the world One of the most beautiful urban circuit in the world
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The Lachine Canal path is maintained by Parks Canada from April 15 to November 15 each year. However, due to the harsh weather that the greater Montreal region has been subjected to over the past several months, this year Parks Canada has been forced to take extra maintenance measures to make the Lachine Canal path safe for users.

The presence of ice on certain sections is making it difficult to repair the path. In addition, mounds of snow have been blocking access to the path for some time, causing delays in setting up some of the equipment.


Although the surface of the path may appear normal, thin layers of ice may remain on the floor of the 10 tunnels that cross the Lachine Canal. Temporary signage is currently in place.

User safety on the path at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site is the primary concern of Parks Canada. We thank all users for their vigilance and ask them to use extra care and to respect the signs when approaching snow- or ice-covered surfaces.

Quick Facts

  • Parks Canada is currently sparing no effort to make the entire 14-kilometre long path at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site accessible to users. Check the Lachine Canal website to find out the status of the path.
  • Parks Canada is presently working on developing a rich and diverse program of activities for the 2014 season. Very soon, everyone will be able to get out and enjoy boating, relaxing on a terrace, picnics, gourmet outings at the Atwater Market, and biking excursions!


“Visitor safety is our top priority. We look forward to the opening of canal trail and look forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy our many programs and activities for 2014. Parks Canada proudly works with partners along the canal to develop recreational, tourism and economic activities that profit the local economy.”
- Luc-André Mercier, Director, Quebec Waterways Unit, Parks Canada

The Lachine Canal in the Heart of Montréal

Lowering of the Water Level Lowering of the Water Level
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Lowering of the Water Level

MONTREAL, Quebec, October 23, 2013 –
Parks Canada informs the public that this fall the water level of the Lachine Canal will be lowered from October 28 until the end of April 2014.

This is a common practice to enable inspection and maintenance work to be done on the canal’s structures.

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!

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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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Canal’s Path
Canal’s Path
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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.

Free Wireless Internet at the Atwater Quay


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.