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Nautical Itineraries

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Downstream view of Darvard Island
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Here are a few nautical itineraries and their approximate distances between towns along the route. These circuits will take you through most of the Northeastern inland waterways including the Chambly, Saint-Ours, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Lachine (restrictions may apply), Carillon and Rideau Canals.

Estimated Nautical Distances

Montreal to Sorel = 70 km
Sorel to Chambly = 70 km
Chambly to Lake Champlain = 55 km
Chambly to New York = 520 km
Montreal to Québec = 250 km
Montreal to Ottawa = 180 km
Montreal to Kingston = 275 km
Montreal to Toronto = 500 km

Estimated Nautical Circuits

Montreal, Ottawa, Rideau Canal, Kingston, St. Lawrence River, Montreal = 655 km

Montreal, Chambly, Lake Champlain, Champlain Canal, Erie Canal, Oswego Canal, St. Lawrence River, Montreal = 1 000 km

Montreal, Chicago, Mississippi, Miami, New York, Chambly, Montreal = 7 500 km


For a boat traveling at 30 to 40 km/h

Montreal to New York - 5 days

Montreal to the Rideau Canal and returning by the St. Lawrence Seaway - 7 days

Le Grand Circuit Nautique omitting the Rideau Canal (returning by the St. Lawrence Seaway) - 2 weeks

Le Grand Circuit Nautique including the Rideau Canal - 3 weeks