Chambly Canal National Historic Site

2011 Flood: Information Bulletins

Navigation Season Extended

Passage of a Boat Through a Lock
Passage of a Boat Through
a Lock

© Parks Canada
Parks Canada’s historic canals
in Montérégie

Chambly (Quebec), October 3, 2011 - Floods caused by tropical storm Irene closed the Erie Canal on August 27 and 28, trapping some 250 boats in the New York State Canal System.

At the request of the New York State Canal Corporation and the New York State Governor’s Office, Parks Canada agreed to keep the canals at the Chambly and Saint-Ours historic sites operational until October 31 thus providing an alternate navigation route via the St. Lawrence and Richelieu rivers.

The historic canals normally close the Tuesday after Canadian Thanksgiving. Exceptionally this year, Parks Canada will operate the locks from October 10 to 31, by reservation only. Pleasure boaters may reserve at the Saint-Ours Lock or by calling 450-447-4804.


Full Reopening of the Multipurpose Path

Cyclists at the Chambly Canal
Cyclists at the Chambly Canal
© Parks Canada

Chambly, Quebec, July 20, 2011 - Parks Canada has completed the inspections and the reopening of the multipurpose path at the Chambly Canal. Parks Canada, celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding as the world’s first national parks service, is pleased to announce the full reopening of the Chambly Canal National Historic Site multipurpose path, between Chambly and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, as of
July 12, 2011

Parks Canada invites all outdoor types to take advantage of the path and meet the Friends of the Chambly Canal, who once again this year will be offering historically-themed events, recreational sightseeing, and arts and culture activities for everyone’s enjoyment.

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Reopening of the Chambly Canal

Bateau de plaisance au canal de Chambly
Pleasure Boating on
the Chambly Canal

© Parks Canada

CHAMBLY, Quebec, June 21, 2011 – Parks Canada has finished the inspections of the facilities at the Chambly Canal and its reopening is going well. Parks Canada, celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding as the world’s first national parks service, is pleased to announce the opening of the Chambly Canal National Historic Site, planned for July 1st, 2011.

For more details on when the canal will be open, please consult the 2011 Schedule available at the first lock when entering the canal. Please note that, at all times, you can obtain information by phone at 1-888-773-8888 and on the Internet at www.parkscanada.gc.ca. The Chambly canal’s staff can also be contacted during operating hours in boating season at the following phone number: 450-658-4381.

Due to exceptionally high water levels and flooding, some parts of the multipurpose path around Chambly Canal remain closed. Parks Canada will do everything necessary to ensure the repair and safe operation of the path and will inform the public of its reopening as early as possible, and is requesting the cooperation and support of all users and asks that they comply with temporary signage and exercise patience and caution.

The Chambly Canal National Historic Site is part of Parks Canada’s system of national parks and national historic sites, which offer visitors first class services and exceptional heritage experiences. In 2011, Parks Canada celebrates its centennial as the oldest national parks network in the world. To mark this occasion, Parks Canada invites Canadians to come celebrate at its protected areas across the country.


Partial Reopening of the Multipurpose Path

Cyclists at the Chambly Canal
Cyclists at the Chambly Canal
© Parks Canada

CHAMBLY, Quebec, June 17, 2011 - Parks Canada wishes to inform the public of partial reopening of the Chambly Canal National Historic Site’s multipurpose path, starting on Saturday June 18.

For users from Chambly: the path is open from Lock no1 (Chambly) to Bridge No. 7 (highway 223) for approximately 8 km.

For users from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu: the path is open from Bridge No. 9 (St-Paul street) to weir No. 4 (Carignan) for approximately 11 km.

From Lock No. 9 (Saint-Jean) to the canal entrance (Place du quai), the path remains closed for approximately 500 m.

Parks Canada will do everything necessary to ensure the repair and safe operation of all the facilities at this historic canal and will inform the public of their reopening as early as possible. Parks Canada is requesting the cooperation and support of all users and asks that they comply with temporary signage and exercise patience and caution.


Boating Season

CHAMBLY, Quebec, June 14, 2011 – As it celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding as the world’s first national parks service, Parks Canada is pleased to announce the opening of four historic canals for this year’s boating season. The Lachine, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and Carillon canals welcome visiting boaters since Friday, May 20, till Monday, October 10, 2011. The Saint-Ours Canal is open since June 10.

Due to exceptionally high water levels and flooding in the Richelieu Valley, the opening of the Chambly Canal National Historic Site will be delayed this year.

Parks Canada will do everything necessary to ensure the repair and safe operation of the facilities at these historic canals and will inform the public of their reopening as early as possible.

For more details on when the canals will be open, please consult the 2011 Schedule available at the first lock when entering each canal. The canal’s staff can also be contacted during operating hours in boating season at the following phone numbers:

Chambly Canal: Locks No. 1-2-3 (Chambly):
450 658-4381
Saint-Ours Canal: 450 785-2212
Lachine Canal: 514 595-6594
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal: 514 457-5546
Carillon Canal: 450 537-3534

Please note that, at all times, you can obtain information by phone at 1-888-773-8888 and on the Internet at www.parkscanada.gc.ca.

The National Historic Canals, which offer outstanding services and an exceptional heritage experience to its 1,206,000 boaters and visitors are part of the Parks Canada network of national historic sites and national parks.


Closure

CHAMBLY, Quebec, May 5, 2011 - Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that the following measures have been taken due to exceptionally high water levels and flooding:

  • The Fort Chambly National Historic Site is closed starting May 4 to May 11: Parks Canada asks visitors to refrain from entering the park around Fort-Chambly.

  • Access to the Fort-Lennox National Historic Site from highway 223 is closed.

  • A portion of the multipurpose path at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site is closed: access points located between Bridge No. 7 and Lock No. 9 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu have been closed for safety reasons. The path is open, however, for approximately 10 km from Bridge No. 7 to Chambly. Alternate bike and pedestrian circuits can be accessed via municipal paths.

Parks Canada is requesting the cooperation and support of all users and asks that they comply with temporary signage and exercise patience and caution.

Parks Canada will inform the population of the reopening of the installations as soon as possible.


Closure of Part of the Multipurpose Path

CHAMBLY, Quebec, May 3, 2011 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that due to the exceptionally high water levels and risk of flooding, the multipurpose path along the Chambly Canal between the Bridge No. 7 and Lock No. 9 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu has been closed for safety reasons. The path is open, however, for approximately 10 km from Bridge No. 7 to Chambly.

Parks Canada has mobilized its engineering and intervention team and is working with municipal authorities to monitor water levels and facilities 24 hours a day.

Alternate bike and pedestrian circuits can be accessed via municipal paths. Parks Canada is requesting the cooperation and support of all users and asks that they comply with temporary signage and exercise patience and caution.