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Chambly Canal National Historic Site

Learning Experiences

Educational activities
Passage of a boat through a lock
© Parks Canada / Jean Mercier

Running along the west bank of the Richelieu River, the Chambly Canal is nearly 20 kilometers long and links Chambly with Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Nine locks allow boats to bypass the many rapids and negotiate a change in height of nearly 24 meters between the Chambly basin and the Upper Richelieu.

Opened in 1843, this canal soon became a powerful driving force for the economy, allowing uninterrupted navigation between Lake Champlain and the Chambly basin. It was also part of the huge network of waterways in eastern Canada and the eastern United States. Located on the axis of the Richelieu and Hudson Rivers, the Chambly Canal, with the Saint-Ours and Champlain Canals, linked Sorel to New York.

All along the route, which is dotted with many of the original lockmasters' or bridge-operators' houses, you will be fascinated by the manual operation of all these locks, which are authentic replicas, and the bridges, which turn, slide or pivot. Imagine what it was like for our ancestors, whose only means of crossing the rapids was by portage or tow line, using a bark canoe!

Come with your family, your friends or even your school and enjoy a visit at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site of Canada.

Educational Activities

A variety of guided visits

Educational activities
An educative day
© Guides au pays de Chambly/René Fournier

Thanks to a partnership program with the Touristic Guides Au pays de Chambly, The Friends of the Chambly Canal and Parks Canada, you can take advantage of interpretation services that are adapted to your group.

  • Scholar program adapted to the Education Reform;
  • Guided group visits for daycamp children, scouts and daycare services;
  • Guided visits for sociocultural groups and senior citizens groups.

We offer a program that corresponds to your needs. For more information and reservations contact the Touristic Guides Au pays de Chambly at 450-658-4381.