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Parks Canada unveils its summer 2015 program

June 1, 2015 – Montréal, Quebec – Parks Canada

Today, Parks Canada highlighted the opening of the 2015 season at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site.

Organize a kayaking with friends!
Organize a kayaking with friends!
© Parks Canada

With an exciting program that includes cultural and sporting activities set in an exceptional setting, Canadians are invited to enjoy some tantalizing culinary discoveries and a host of daily outdoor events. The Lachine Canal National Historic Site promises to be the summer hotspot in the heart of Montréal this summer!

On June 20 and 21, the Parks Canada Esplanade du Centenaire will be transformed into a genuine urban campground for a Learn-to Camp event. Throughout the weekend, participants will get a chance to spend a night in a tent, in the heart of the city, get tips on outdoor cooking and enjoy a wide array of other activities. The event will take place at the same time as the Montréal Folk Festival on the Canal, which features folk and traditional music from here and abroad. The events will share some green space and an incredible view of the Montréal cityscape.

Several sporting events will also be held in the stunning setting of the Canal, such as the Lachine Half-Marathon on August 23, and the Circuit Bleu Charles-Bruneau kayaking event that runs from September 24 to 27.

Also in September, the Peel Basin Weekend returns and sets the scene for musical performances and a full day of free outdoor activities for Montréal families.

The events calendar has plenty of musical and festive surprises that will be revealed throughout the summer. Keep an eye on the Canal’s website to stay up-to-date on all the exciting events.

Quick facts

  • Things will be heating up along the Lachine Canal throughout the summer – the site of a wide variety of fascinating events and outdoor activities. As the navigation season gets underway, Parks Canada waterways staff is proud to welcome pleasure boaters to the historic canals and offer them an unforgettable experience.
  • Among the activities returning this year, the popular boat tours offered by Le Petit Navire allow visitors to explore the canal waterway, from the Old Port of Montréal up to Atwater Market.
  • Cyclists can enjoy a ride along the Canal's 14-km path, one of the world's most beautiful urban circuits. The bike shop My Bicyclette offers a range of quality bicycles and maintenance services.
  • For a different view of the city, H2O Adventures offers a host of safe watercrafts, such as electric-powered boats, kayaks and paddle-boats.
  • When it’s time to reenergize, visitors can enjoy the popular food trucks set up along the waterway for some creative gastronomy “à la Montréal.” Guaranteed to seduce your taste buds!


“This summer is sure to be a fantastic summer at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, and Parks Canada is inviting Canadians to connect with this unique historic location in the heart of Montréal. 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. Parks Canada's ongoing commitment to the special events programming on the Lachine Canal is enhancing visitor experience and facilitating personal connections with these incredible places.”
- Luc-André Mercier, Director, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada

Learn to Camp in the Heart of Montreal

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

May 19, 2015, Montreal, Quebec, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada

Imaginez-vous camper au cœur de Montréal
Imagine camping in the heart of Montréal
© Parks Canada

Today, Parks Canada invited Canadians to register for a unique first-time camping experience and learn about camping basics in the heart of Montreal. The Parks Canada Learn-to Camp weekend is back on June 20 and 21 at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site.

Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) encourage those interested in experiencing their first camping adventure to reserve their spots for the Learn-to Camp initiative that is being held this year at the Parks Canada Esplanade du Centenaire. The activities will include workshops and advice from expert campers, an outdoor cooking seminar led by a guide and passionate adventurer, dragon boat initiation with the 22Dragons club, and many more surprises!

Since space is limited, registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your spot, call Parks Canada at 1-888-773-8888. This unique opportunity is offered starting at $88 for up to four people (includes tent, sleeping pads and breakfast). Bring your sleeping bag, your cheerfulness and your evening meal. We'll take care of the rest!

For a fifth 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 folk music from here and abroad. All you need to experience a unique camping adventure!

Quick facts

  • A breath of fresh air has swept through the Learn-to Camp event: this year, it will be held at the Parks Canada Esplanade du Centenaire, located at the corner of Pitt and St-Patrick streets. The Esplanade 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, dragon boat rides offered by the 22Dragons club, campfire and marshmallows, and evening talks with La Mauricie National Park.
  • 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. All you need to enjoy a dream camping experience in a natural setting!
  • The Learn-to Camp initiative promises to be the best one yet. A host of activities will be available to participants visiting the Lachine Canal to make for a memorable camping experience in the heart of Montreal.


"The beauty of our country is something that everyone should be able to enjoy. Through initiatives like Learn-to Camp, Parks Canada is supporting the National Conservation Plan by helping a large number of Canadians, particularly those living in urban areas, build memorable experiences and discover the pleasures of the outdoors. In addition, Parks Canada's ongoing commitment to this program is enhancing visitor experience and facilitating personal connections with Parks Canada places."
- Luc-André Mercier, Director, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada
"The Learn-to Camp initiative is a first step toward a world of fun and discovery. We are thrilled to be contributing to this initiative. We invite everyone to participate in the program and experience Montreal's breathtaking setting. The Mauricie National Park will surely ignite passions for the great outdoors!"
- Carole Loiselle, Superintendant, La Mauricie and Western Quebec Field Unit, Parks 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

© 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.

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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.

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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.