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Parks Canada at the 2016 Montréal Boat Show

Contests, discounts, funny photos and plenty of surprises not to be missed!

Aviva - Montréal Boat and Water Sports Show - February 4,5,6,7, 2016 - Montréal Place Bonaventure

Montréal (Quebec), December 30, 2015 – Parks Canada is proud to partner with the Québec Maritime Association (QMA) as part of The Montréal Boat and Water Sports Show which will be held from February 4th to 7th at Place Bonaventure to introduce one of the most beautiful navigation networks in the world. Again this year, Parks Canada will welcome visitors to its space featuring Canada's historic canals and help them to plan their trips by boat. Come and see us so you don't miss the boat!

The 2016 edition of the Boat Show promises to be very exciting since Parks Canada has a trove of surprises in store for you: novelties, promotions for the 2016 season, contests, photo activation, rare visits and more! Parks Canada's Quebec and Ontario Waterways team has made every effort to ensure you'll enjoy a fascinating journey.

Unbeatable offers!
In association with the QMA and participating boat retailers, Parks Canada will offer a seasonal lockage permit to motorized and non-motorized* boat buyers at the event. Using this permit, new buyers will have the chance to travel all Canadian locks free of charge during the 2016 season. In addition, all visitors who come and meet the Parks Canada team at the stand will be given a 2 for 1 coupon for locking. With this coupon, recreational boaters get a second free lock pass for themselves or their friends with the purchase of a single passage in Quebec Waterways from May 20th to June 30th, 2016.

Prizes and more prizes!
When you visit Parks Canada stand at the Boat Show, you run the chance of winning a number of prizes for the 2016 season including a lockage and mooring permit, a six day lockage permit as well as a two night mooring permit at the Lachine Canal. Also, by participating in the photo activities offered by Parks Canada at the entrance to the salon, you could win a two night oTENTik stay, an all new type of accommodation at the Saint-Ours Canal where you'll enjoy a hassle-free camping experience less than an hour from Montréal.

Activities for the whole family
For the pleasure of visitors, the very popular Parks Canada photos activity will return free of charge at the entrance to the salon. Whether you're with the family or among friends, you can create a fun souvenir of your visit and share it easily. And on Sunday, February 7th, come and meet Parks Canada's superstar, the mascot Parka. Since Parka loves making new friends, take advantage of it by taking a picture with her!

The Montréal Boat and Water Sports Show is the largest nautical gathering in Québec, and Parks Canada is pleased to participate in it to meet boating enthusiasts and increase awareness of its exceptional waterways. So it's a meeting as early as February 4th!

*The seasonal permit for non-motorized boat allows canoes and kayaks to travel through waterways but does not include lockage fees.


Passage of a Boat Through a Lock
Passage of a Boat Through
a Lock at Chambly Canal

© Parks Canada

Lockage Fees

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.

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A World-Unique Fish Ladder

A Parks Canada and community organizations initiative

A unique fish ladder is helping species at risk reclaim their habitat at the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site.

The Vianney-Legendre fishway, located on the Richelieu River, in the Quebec Province, of Canada, is no ordinary fish ladder. Unlike the others; it shows that a historic site can be more than a site of Heritage significance. It can protect biodiversity and help recover species at risk.

The Vianney-Legendre fishway ladder
The Vianney-Legendre fishway ladder
© Parks Canada / Jean Mercier / 2002

The Copper Redhorse (Moxostoma hubbsi) is running up the Richelieu River again. This is a major victory for the unusual copper-coloured fish species, which is found only in south-western Quebec. A dam built in 1967 hindered this endangered species' migration to its most important spawning area upstream from the Canal-de-Saint-Ours National Historic Site of Canada. Now a fish ladder of unique design is brightening the future for the Copper Redhorse.

Such a successful environmental engineering project could create a tourist attraction and be useful in educating the public about this biodiversity restoration initiative. In fact, the fish ladder has even gained international attention. Although it has been designed uniquely for this site, other jurisdictions are interested in it as a model to follow.