Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

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The Bollard

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.communications@pc.gc.ca

Quick Facts

  • 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!

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“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

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.

More information


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.