Chambly Canal National Historic Site
Langelier Mills rest stop
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Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, July 9, 2014 – Parks Canada recently completed enhancements near two pre-existing interpretation panels at the Langelier Mills rest stop along the strip of the Chambly Canal National Historic Site in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. The enhanced facilities feature picnic tables so that hikers and cyclists can take a well-deserved break, and newly rebuilt paths. These improvements will help citizens make greater use of recreational opportunities along the banks of the Canal.
“The Canadian government is committed to the future sustainability of the historic canals and the communities along it”, said Luc-André Mercier, Director of Quebec Waterways. “We encourage the public to stop at the Langelier Mills rest stop; we hope people will take advantage of the recent improvements to discover the Chambly Canal on foot or by bike.”
Around 1970, the Canal was widened, considerably changing the site of the old mills. The debris from the work was deposited in what is now the rest area, which has since become a prized spot for birdwatchers. More recently, an urban park has been created. Parks Canada works in partnership with others along the canals to foster recreation, tourism and economic development in innovative ways that will contribute to local economies.
Parks Canada’s five historic canals in Quebec have played a key role in the commercial, industrial and social development of Canada. With their outstanding natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, these exceptional attractions have become essentials for bike rides, picnics and walks for residents, hikers, and boaters, and contribute to the socio-economic development of the region.
Discover the Chambly Canal on your bike
The canal’s path, an accessible route for all!
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The Chambly Canal is the perfect place for biking, family picnics, and boat watching!
Its natural setting and rich heritage are perfect for an escape into the heart of the region’s history. All summer long, its banks will be abuzz with a variety of events.
Watch the clip Ma sortie vélo en Montérégie (only in French) by Tourisme Montérégie!
Discover the Pleasures of Boating on the Chambly Canal!
Parks Canada celebrates the Nautical Fest
June 27, 2014, Chambly, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada
And now... a little boat trip!
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Parks Canada, in collaboration with the Association maritime du Québec and other partners, invites everyone to the Nautical Fest next July 5th at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site. During this festive day, participants will be able to experience the joys of boating, take part in many activities on site, like small boat excursions, and learn more about practicing water sports safely.
Through initiatives like these, Parks Canada is supporting Canada's National Conservation Plan by taking concrete action to connect Canadians to nature. In addition, the ongoing work of Parks Canada and programs – like the Xplorers program, Learn-to Camp and special events and exciting new activities and programs across the country – are enhancing visitor experience and facilitating personal connections with Parks Canada places.
Special program on the Chambly Canal
While the Festival Multiculturel will be in full swing, those who attend the event will be able to keep the festivities going at the Chambly Canal Commemorative Park, located at the corner of Bourgogne Avenue and Maurice Street, with a program that will please people of all ages. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Parks Canada and its partners prepared a host of special activities, including entertainment, inflatable games, airbrush tattoos, and many other surprises!
And now… a little boat trip!
The Nautical Fest is the ideal opportunity to enjoy the water with friends or family and experience several nautical activities like pedal boat tours, canoeing, and much more. It is also the perfect opportunity to test new products and meet people with a passion for their recreational water activities.
Safety above all!
The Lifesaving Society and the Fédération québécoise du canot et du kayak will also be on site to present workshops on safe boating and answer all your questions. Experts will be available to inspect your personal flotation devices and give you advice on how to have fun and navigate safely on different bodies of water.
The Nautical Fest celebrates its third anniversary on bodies of water, rivers, and shores all over the province. Throughout the weekend, the Quebec water sports industry works together to offer activities and events such as tours in canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and other boats, small and large, entertainment, workshops on water safety, demonstrations, and much more, to introduce the public to the pleasures of boating.
- Take part in the Nautical Fest on July 5th, 2014, at the Chambly Canal Commemorative Park, located at the corner of Bourgogne Avenue and Maurice Street.
- For this day of activities, Parks Canada and its partners have prepared a host of activities for families to experience the pleasures of boating safely.
- This summer, a rich and diversified program will bring the shores of the Richelieu River canals to life.
“The Nautical Fest is the ideal opportunity for family and friends to plan an outing to try out some of the many sports and recreational activities offered on this wonderful body of water that is the Chambly Canal. Through such initiatives, Parks Canada and its partners along the historical canals contribute to the National Conservation Plan’s goals by bringing Canadians closer to nature, and helping them appreciate it.” - Luc-André Mercier, Director, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada
The Parks Canada Vallée-du-Richelieu Experience
Parks Canada unveils its 2014 program for the Chambly and Saint-Ours Canals
May 26, 2014 – Chambly, Quebec – Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada
Parks Canada is proud to announce the opening today of the 2014 season at the Chambly Canal and Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Sites, two places to explore this summer along the Richelieu River. Outdoor activities are offered every day in an exceptional setting, and a thrilling events program is available to families—enough to make this summer season unforgettable!
Outdoor discoveries for everyone
The Vallée-du-Richelieu is endowed with a breathtaking charm and a wide range of activities to satisfy the most energetic among you. Once again this year, Parks Canada invites all history, heritage, arts, culture, and outdoors enthusiasts to discover this vibrant region that is both urban and bucolic at the same time.
Various attractions along the 20-km Chambly Canal path, which is part of the Route verte No. 1, provide an unforgettable experience that stimulates all the senses.
Cyclists and hikers will be thrilled! This path doesn’t leave any room for boredom, with urban areas at both ends, the peaceful setting along the banks of the Canal,
and small and large boats passing through the locks. All summer long, the banks come to life with a fascinating program for the whole family, and the Friends of the
Chambly Canal and the Saint-Ours Canal welcome visitors with a host of activities.
A cultural agenda and sporting calendar sure to please the whole family
A highly entertaining program awaits you! Every Wednesday in July and the first Wednesday of August, the City of Chambly, in collaboration with Parks Canada, invites families to the Sur l’air de Chambly concert series held at Parc des Ateliers. At the beginning of July, the Nautical Fest will introduce the general public to the pleasures of water sports.
In Saint-Ours, don’t miss out on Canada Day! Bring your children! What’s more, on August 13, the Grande Fête de la famille will be held at the Chambly Canal Parc des Ateliers for a day of fun activities, to the delight of both young and old. Several sporting events will also take place in the stunning scenery of the Chambly Canal, such as the Mountain Equipment Coop race (Chambly area), and the Défi Je bouge (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu area).
The events calendar has plenty of musical and festive surprises that will be revealed throughout the summer; watch the website and don’t miss a beat!
- The highly entertaining 2014 season is awaiting visitors at the Chambly Canal and Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Sites!
- All summer long, the banks of the Richelieu canals will host a wide variety of fascinating events.
- With many outdoor activities offered daily, Parks Canada canals are a preferred location for green-space enthusiasts.
“This summer is sure to be fantastic at the Richelieu canals, and Parks Canada is inviting the public to discover or rediscover these unique locations. Successful collaborations between Parks Canada and its partners along our historic canals continue to foster captivating recreational and tourist activities and contribute to the development of local economies.” - Luc-André Mercier, Director, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada
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The new Richelieu canals newsletter
February 26, 2014 – Chambly, Quebec – Quebec Waterways Unit
Parks Canada is proud to launch this year its brand new newsletter for the Richelieu canals, aimed at residents living near
the Chambly Canal and
Saint-Ours Canal national historic sites.
Named The Bollard, in reference to a nautical term, the newsletter will feature recent news related to canals on the Richelieu River, activity ideas, a calendar of events, historical vignettes, upcoming construction work, and much more.
This newsletter will only be available electronically. Regular publications will start up in May.
Those interested can receive the publication for free through email by writing to UVNQ.firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Bollard is intended for residents who live along the canals and those with an interest in Parks Canada’s historic canals in the Richelieu Valley.
- The Bollard is a free electronic newsletter: Sign up, and don’t miss a beat!
- Did you know? A bollard is a large cylindrical mass of cast steel with an enlarged head to prevent mooring lines from slipping off. Have a look next time you’re at the Chambly or Saint-Ours canals—there are about 10 of them!
“What a great way to kick off the 2014 season! The Government of Canada continues to work with partners and communities to help
canals be a premier tourism destination, foster recreation and economic development, and ultimately build strong communities.
The Bollard will give those interested the opportunity to follow the news on these historic sites which are practically in their backyards.”
- Luc-André Mercier, Director, Quebec Waterways Unit, Parks Canada
The Chambly Canal: Experience it!
Passage of a Boat Through
a Lock at Chambly Canal© Parks Canada
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.
Bridge No. 9 Wins a Steel Design Award of Excellence
The newly constructed Bridge No. 9© Parks Canada
Chambly, Quebec, October 16, 2012 - The newly constructed Bridge No. 9 providing access to Île Sainte-Marie and Île Sainte-Thérése has won theCanadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) 2012 Award of Excellence. This honour showcases the structure's efficiency, architectural expression, and construction.
This structure is the result of cooperation between Parks Canada and the City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu that offer their congratulations to Genivar and Public Works and Government Services Canada on their expertise, which transformed the initial vision into an outstanding achievement.
Bridge No. 9 was inspired by a lift bridge in operation in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. With contemporary styling, it exemplifies the ideal of continuity, reflecting a type of modern-day construction that blends perfectly with the historic landscape. Its hydraulic system works with vegetable oil, which is not harmful to wildlife or plants, and is 100% environmentally friendly and biodegradable.
Inaugurated in September 2011, this new two-lane bridge provides better traffic flow than its predecessor, which had only one lane. The current bridge also has two separate overpasses for cyclists and pedestrians.