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Chambly Canal National Historic Site

An Oasis to Enjoy and Discover An oasis to enjoy and discover
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Nature and Outdoors

Summer or winter, by boat or on your skates, a trip down the canal will take you back to a bygone era.

You can walk, ride, or snowshoe the 19 km of the former towpath and enjoy the charm of the canal, which has seen more than a century of history.

Ice Skating on the Canal

From Mid-January to March, subject to weather conditions
Hockey and Ice Skating on the Canal
Come get moving at the Canal!
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Alone, with your friends or family, come get moving by ice skating on the Chambly Canal! Parks Canada hosts three skating rinks that are accessible to the public and maintained and supervised by the municipalities of Chambly and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

The city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu produced a video (Only in French).

Parks Canada wishes to remind the public that it is dangerous to venture onto the ice that forms elsewhere on the canal, beyond maintained skating rinks.

Alone, with your friends or family, come get moving by ice skating on the Chambly Canal!
Snowshoeing Snowshoeing
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Snowshoeing and Cross-country Skiing

Subject to weather conditions

Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to use the strip along the canal. During winter, it is perfect for off-trail cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Although the canal’s path is accessible at all times, it is maintained from April 15 to November 15 only.

Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to use the strip along the canal

Friends of the Chambly Canal

Activities for Everyone! Activities for Everyone!
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Friends of the Chambly Canal will welcome you at the entrance to the Chambly and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu path.

Whether you’d like to spend the afternoon cycling, kayaking, or heading out on a geocaching adventure, they will be able to guide you in your activity.

More informations - 450-658-9167

A gathering place for the whole family
A gathering place for the whole family
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Picnic Areas

The green wide-open spaces represent inviting locations for charming picnics with family and friends. On site, you will find picnic tables, parking spaces, public telephones, restrooms, and fountains.

Please note:

  • Picnic areas are not equipped with shelters
  • Fires and barbecues are prohibited
  • Pets are welcome as long as they are kept on a leash at all times, do not bother other users, and any trace of their passing is promptly removed
GPS Tourist Rally GPS Tourist Rally
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GPS Tourist Rally

Are you an adventurer at heart? Les Amis du canal de Chambly present a GPS tourist rally that involves simple instructions for finding caches along the canal.

On a bicycle or on foot, this activity is sure to please the entire family!

More information - 450-658-9167

A Bike Ride to Remember A bike ride to remember
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Bike path network

The Chambly Canal path is part of the Trans Canada Trail and Route verte No. 1. It makes reaching Route verte No. 2 possible from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

More information

A woman observes the birds with his binoculars Watch the migratory birds
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Bird Watching

The Chambly Canal is an oasis to enjoy and discover.

Bring your binoculars! Its proximity to the Richelieu River makes it possible to, among other things, observe migratory birds as they embark on their spring and fall journeys.

Exceptional Green Spaces Exceptional green spaces
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Parc des Ateliers

Located upstream from Lock No. 3, the Parc des Ateliers is an exceptional green space perfect for meeting family and friends for a picnic. This vast stretch of grass near downtown Chambly is ideal for flying kites or playing a game of Frisbee.

Because of its geographical location and scope, the Parc des Ateliers is great for holding  events.

Lock No. 9 Park

Located in Vieux-Saint-Jean, Lock No. 9 Park is the ideal place to relax near boutiques and restaurants. Picnic tables, restrooms, a water source, and WiFi Internet access are offered to enhance your visit.

An Amis du canal de Chambly kiosk is onsite to provide information about bike rentals and the various activities offered at the canal.

Environmental Protection

The Environment is Important to Us The environment is important to us
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Environmental management policy

As part of its mandate, Parks Canada is committed to managing its operations in a way that ensures the ecological and commemorative integrity of Canada’s National Parks. Hence, Parks Canada greatly contributes to the federal government’s sustainable development strategy.

Further information

If you witness a troubling incident in this respect, please contact us.

Environmental Partner

If, like us, the preservation of the Chambly Canal, its biodiversity, and its environment are important to you, we invite you to send your projects to us via e-mail:

For greater involvement:

Comité de concertation et de valorisation du bassin de la rivière Richelieu (COVABAR)