Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada

The Project Partners

The principal objectives of the revitalization project for the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, as presented at the public consultation held in winter 1996, reflect a remarkably broad consensus in the milieu. Parks Canada and its partners sit at an issue table where the co-ordination of various concrete actions and the future management model for the national historic site are discussed.

Generally speaking, Parks Canada concentrates its efforts on the waterway and the adjacent lands, which are federal government property. Canada Economic Development provides support for the reopening of the canal to pleasure boating. Environment Canada and Public Works and Government Services Canada contribute to environmental programs. The other parties, mainly former municipalities that are now boroughs in the merged City of Montréal, invest in the lands they own alongside the canal. Here is a description of their main activities.

Borough of Lachine

Since the end of the 1930s, the City of Lachine has made considerable improvements to the areas bordering on the canal and to Lake Saint-Louis. This first suburb is characterized by a balance between the recreational, heritage, industrial and residential activities on its territory. The former municipality has contributed over a million dollars to the revitalization project by making improvements to the area around Lock No. 5, where it has notably built a new bridge providing access to the Marina and the Lachine visitor services centre.

Borough of LaSalle

In addition to developing the industrial sector lining the canal's south bank, the Borough of LaSalle is interested primarily in water-based recreational and tourism activities likely to produce spin-offs in terms of residential construction and the establishment of new service businesses. This project could help Dollier-de-Casson Park develop a new vocation.

Borough of Montréal South West

Pedestrians and cyclists strolling by the canal; new condominiums are visible in the background George-Étienne Cartier Square. Site plan proposa
© Ville de Montréal / Service des parcs

Here, the City of Montréal's interventions fit into the wider framework of Grand Montréal Bleu (Blue Greater Montréal). Commercial, industrial and residential developments are just a few of the objectives pursued in the neighbourhoods bordering on the canal. The improvements to Gédéon-de-Catalogne Park at the foot of Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier Square and the alignment of Peel Street towards the mouth of the canal are just the first projects to be completed in a vast public works program affecting five sectors bordering the canal.

Borough of Verdun

Even though the canal does not cross Verdun, the borough seeks to promote, develop and manage the recreational, tourism and heritage activities throughout the entire South-West of the island. The municipality, which actively participates at Pôle des Rapides, sees the reopening of the canal as an overall attraction for the entire region.