Saint-Ours 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 at the Chambly Canal
© 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.


Reopening of the Saint-Ours Canal

Lockage at Saint-Ours Canal
Lockage at Saint-Ours Canal
© Parks Canada

SAINT-OURS, Québec, June 9, 2011 -
Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site will reopen its doors to visiting boaters on Friday, June 10.

For more details on when the canals 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 Saint-Ours canal’s staff can also be contacted during operating hours in boating season at the following phone number:
450-785-2212.

Due to exceptionally high water levels and flooding, some parts of the park around Saint-Ours Canal remain closed. 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, May 31, 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 three historic canals for this year’s boating season. The Lachine, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and Carillon canals will welcome visiting boaters from Friday, May 20, till Monday, October 10, 2011.

Due to exceptionally high water levels and flooding in the Richelieu Valley, the opening of the Chambly Canal and Saint-Ours Canals National Historic Sites 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. 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 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

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

SAINT-OURS, Quebec, May 19, 2011 - Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that the following measures have been taken at Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site due to exceptionally high water levels and flooding:

  • Lock opening delayed;
  • The National Historic Site is closed : Parks Canada asks visitors to refrain from entering the park around Saint-Ours Canal.

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 do everything necessary to ensure the repair and safe operation of the facilities at this historic canal and will inform the public of their reopening as early as possible.


Closure

SAINT-OURS, Quebec, May 6, 2011 - Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that the following measure has been taken due to exceptionally high water levels and flooding:

  • Access to the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site is closed: Parks Canada asks visitors to refrain from entering the park around Saint-Ours Canal.

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.