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Lachine Canal National Historic Site

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Cross-country Ski Path and Winter Trail at the Lachine Canal

Pilot Project

A walker and his dog in front of the Peel Basin and downtown Montréal in winter Enjoy a winter trail of 8 km at Lachine Canal
© Parks Canada

Montréal (Quebec), January 25 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 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.

These new 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.

For more information or to enquire about snow conditions and trail maintenance, please visit Pôle des Rapides’ Website or Facebook page or call 514-364-4490.


Parks Canada at the 2016 Montréal Boat Show

Contests, discounts, funny photos and plenty of surprises not to be missed!

Aviva - Montréal Boat and Water Sports Show - February 4,5,6,7, 2016 - Montréal Place Bonaventure

Montréal (Quebec), December 30, 2015 – Parks Canada is proud to partner with the Québec Maritime Association (QMA) as part of The Montréal Boat and Water Sports Show which will be held from February 4th to 7th at Place Bonaventure to introduce 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 help them to plan their trips by boat. Come and see us so you don't miss the boat!

The 2016 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 2016 season, contests, photo activation, rare visits and more! Parks Canada's Quebec and Ontario Waterways team has made every effort to ensure you'll enjoy a fascinating journey.

Unbeatable offers!
In association with the QMA and participating boat retailers, Parks Canada will offer a seasonal lockage permit to motorized and non-motorized* boat buyers at the event. Using this permit, new buyers will have the chance to travel all Canadian locks free of charge during the 2016 season. In addition, all visitors who come and meet the Parks Canada team at the stand will be given a 2 for 1 coupon for locking. With this coupon, recreational boaters get a second free lock pass for themselves or their friends with the purchase of a single passage in Quebec Waterways from May 20th to June 30th, 2016.

Prizes and more prizes!
When you visit Parks Canada stand at the Boat Show, you run the chance of winning a number of prizes for the 2016 season including a lockage and mooring permit, a six day lockage permit as well as a two night mooring permit at the Lachine Canal. Also, by participating in the photo activities offered by Parks Canada at the entrance to the salon, you could win a two night oTENTik stay, an all new type of accommodation at the Saint-Ours Canal where you'll enjoy a hassle-free camping experience less than an hour from Montréal.

Activities for the whole family
For the pleasure of visitors, the very popular Parks Canada photos activity will return free of charge at the entrance to the salon. Whether you're with the family or among friends, you can create a fun souvenir of your visit and share it easily. And on Sunday, February 7th, 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 Montréal Boat and Water Sports Show is the largest nautical gathering in Québec, and Parks Canada is pleased to participate in it to meet boating enthusiasts and increase awareness of its exceptional waterways. So it's a meeting as early as February 4th!

*The seasonal permit for non-motorized boat allows canoes and kayaks to travel through waterways but does not include lockage fees.


Raising of the Water Level

Montréal (Quebec), December 16, 2015 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that the water level of the Lachine Canal will be raised starting on December 18, 2015.

Water levels were lowered in October in order to carry out inspection and maintenance work on the canal’s structures.


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.