Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada

Location of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada

map of the South-West part of the island of Montréal showing the position of the Lachine Canal corridor between Lake St. Louis in Lachine and the Old-Port of Montréalmap of the South-West part of the island of Montréal showing the position of the Lachine Canal corridor between Lake St. Louis in Lachine and the Old-Port of Montréal
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Located in the South-West of the island of Montréal (Quebec, Canada), the Lachine Canal links the Old Port of Montréal and Lake Saint-Louis at Lachine, on the St. Lawrence River.

The national historic site's territory includes the canal, its shores, the neighbouring park and part of the surrounding area. It extends some 14.5 km and crosses the boroughs of Lachine, LaSalle and Montréal.

Since its reopening in 2002, the canal, the hub of waterways in Eastern Canada, links:

  • in the west, the Ottawa River including the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal and Carillon Canal, and the Rideau Canal in Ontario;
  • in the southwest, the upper St. Lawrence as far as the Great Lakes by means of the St. Lawrence Seaway;
  • in the northeast, the lower St. Lawrence heading towards Québec, the estuary and the Gulf of St. Lawrence as far as the Atlantic Ocean;
  • in the south, the Richelieu River, including the Saint-Ours and Chambly canals, Lake Champlain and its canal and the Hudson River as far as New York.

See map of the Waterways