Spend the night on Canada’s historic canals!
Everyone knows Parks Canada’s waterways for the beauty of their surroundings and for the memorable and safe navigation experience that they offer. Did you know that an overnight stay there is also possible? (overnight mooring fees still apply)
By mooring overnight at one of the historic canals of Quebec or Ontario, you are placed at the heart of history with a privileged access to summer’s must-see attractions. Several mooring docks are located in an urban environment and allow easy access to the downtown areas of large cities, and to historic quarters that offer a wide selection of restaurants, services, stunning cultural programming and much more; all from the comfort of your vessel!
Other wharves are installed in natural and peaceful surroundings where it is possible to enjoy the great outdoors and escape to breathtaking landscapes. And with some luck, you will also be able to enjoy a memorable sunset and a magnificent starry night!
There are so many experiences to be had along Canada’s historic canals that a day is not enough to enjoy them: cycling, walking, picnics, outdoor activities, interpretive circuits, historic sites and much more. Not to mention that sleeping at a historic site is an experience that is by no means ordinary!
Advantages of Overnight Mooring
- Save time by being the first ones to lock through
- Enjoy a unique low-cost experience
- Access to bathrooms (Check with the lock operators)
- Captivating stop in your journey
- Unlimited access to surrounding attractions and services
Mooring is offered on a first-come, first-served basis
*On Quebec canals, contact the lock operators through VHF-canal 68 during operating hours.
Mooring rate per night: $0.90 / foot
For more information about the location and specifics of mooring docks on each of Parks Canada’s waterways:
Parks Canada’s Waterways in Quebec
Parks Canada’s Waterways in Ontario
Learn more about the free lockage permit in 2017 to travel all of Parks Canada’s historic canals.
Parks Canada’s waterways in Quebec
Go through a vertical drop of 20 meters in a single operation!
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Sitting on the Ottawa River in a magnificent natural setting, the Carillon Canal is a colossal work that is worth seeing! To enjoy the many attractions located nearby, overnight mooring is offered on the concrete and wooden wharves installed downstream, on the north and south sides, as well as upstream from the lock.
Carillon Park, restaurants, Hydro-Quebec Carillon generating station, Voyageur Provincial Park of Ontario, Argenteuil Regional Museum and Carillon Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
Visit the Carillon Canal website
for more information.
Take a moment to enjoy a picnic by the water's edge
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At the western end of the Island of Montreal, the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal connects the Saint-Louis Lake to the Deux-Montagnes Lake and offers a warm atmosphere with its great wooden boardwalk known for its good restaurants. Filled with 150 years of history, this canal offers low-cost mooring services downstream and upstream from its lock.
Access to toilets (access code required; consult the lock operators)
Restaurants, bars, groceries, Sainte-Anne Market, programming of events on Sainte-Anne Street, waterfront circuit, nautical activities, Morgan Arboretum, Zoo Ecomuseum, Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre and more.
Visit the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal website for more information.
The metropolis comes to life day and night © Parks Canada
Discover the 14 km of the waterway that lead you to the heart of Montreal’s major attractions and that open up on secluded vistas. While navigating the five locks of the canal, wharves are available for day and night mooring and for you to experience an unforgettable stay.
Lock No. 1 Wharves – Old Montreal area
While the surrounding marinas are fully booked, moor for the night at the Lock No. 1 wharves, a few steps away from the Old Port and from the charms of Old Montreal. On the menu: fireworks, restaurants and boutiques, programming of the Old Port of Montreal, easy and fast access to downtown and much more!
Atwater Market Wharves
Moor for the night to enjoy the one thousand and one pleasures of the Atwater market wharves! The fresh produce, groceries, trendy restaurants and bistros, access to the metro line and other services nearby make it an inescapable stop. Take the opportunity to stretch your legs on foot or on by bike along the canal’s path.
Electric power hookup service
The Atwater Market wharves offer five electric power hookups (30 amp). The use of these electric power hookups works on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t forget to bring your cables for the power hookup!
Rate: $ 9.80 per vessel for a 24-hour period
Payment Methods: You can pay by credit card, by debit or with cash at the Atwater Kiosk, between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call 514-595-6594 (Lock No. 5) or 514-496-6002 (Atwater Kiosk).
Lock No. 5 Wharves – Old Lachine Area
Ideal to spend the night, the Lock No. 5 wharves are installed in a beautiful natural setting a few steps away from Old Lachine. Close by, you will find lots of restaurants, a bike path, the René-Lévesque park, the Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site, the Lachine Museum, the shows of L’Entrepôt and much more!
Visit the Lachine Canal website and consult the map of the canal’s path for all the details.
The enchanting hot air balloons from a viewpoint on the water
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Since you need more than a day to enjoy all that the Richelieu Valley has to offer, take advantage of the overnight mooring service offered at several locations along the Chambly Canal. During your navigation into the heart of the region, the lock operators welcome you to make your experience memorable and safe.
Locks Nos. 1-2-3 Wharves – Chambly Area
Day and night, moor at Locks Nos. 1-2-3 wharves to enjoy the attractions of Old Chambly. Bourgogne Avenue offers lots of restaurants and bistros, in addition to grocery stores, boutiques and other services available in the area. Walk or bike on the canal’s path (rental service of the Friends of the Chambly Canal) and attend the concerts at the Parc des Ateliers.
Lock No. 9 Wharves – Old Saint-Jean Area
At the southern tip of the Chambly Canal, moor overnight at Lock No. 9 wharves, to discover Old Saint-Jean. A few steps away, the streets of the historic quarter feature several boutiques, friendly restaurants and stages. Don’t miss the outdoor events at the Place publique and the magic of the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, which you can take in the water.
For more information, visit the Chambly Canal website and consult the map of the Chambly Canal path.
Stop at Darvard Island to take in the uniqueness of its lush flora
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During your journey on the Richelieu River, treat yourself to a stop by mooring overnight at the wharves available upstream and downstream from the Saint-Ours Canal lock, some twenty kilometres south of Sorel. Among other things, you will be able to take advantage of the grassy beauty of Darvard Island to stroll around and enjoy nature.
oTENTik accommodations and programming of the Friends of the Saint-Ours Canal.
Vianney-Legendre Fishway, Golf Les Patriotes, The Jardin des curiosités, grocery stores, camping sites, restaurants, Maison de la culture de Saint-Roch-de-Richelieu and others.
Visit the Saint-Ours Canal website for more information.
Parks Canada’s Waterways in Ontario
The adventure continues at the Rideau Canal, a treasured jewel of UNESCO’s World Heritage list
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Like Versailles in France, the Acropolis in Greece and Machu Picchu in Peru, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) considers the Rideau Canal to have universal value. It is Canada’s 14th and Ontario’s only World Heritage Site.
The Rideau Canal is North America’s best-preserved “slackwater” canal and the only canal from the great 19th-century canal-building era that still operates along its original route and with most of its original structures intact. This engineering marvel and the fortification built at Kingston to protect it were constructed at a time when Great Britain and the United States vied for control on the North American continent.
Every year, boaters from across North America travel its 202 km length, experiencing the beautiful lakes, rivers and canals between Kingston, Canada’s first capital, and Ottawa, Canada’s capital since 1857. Services
Lockstations provide washrooms, parking, first aid, picnicking and overnight mooring. Several lockstations also offer charcoal BBQs, ice, firewood, navigation charts, shore power, souvenirs and Parks Canada merchandise.
If you visit the canal by boat or bicycle, you may camp overnight at all or near all of the canal’s lockstations, except for the Ottawa Locks. oTENTik overnight accommodations are also offered at select lockstations and available to all visitors. Nearby
Many lockstations are located next to or just a short distance away from major eastern Ontario routes, and two hours or less from Ottawa, the Nation’s Capital. Travel is easy to plan as amenities such as grocery stores within walking distance, gas facilities, and docking are abundant.
From Lake Ontario in Kingston, the Rideau Canal stretches through extensive wetland, classic Canadian Shield scenery, peaceful farmlands, two rivers, multiple lakes, neighbouring towns and villages, and transitions from rural Ontario to the busy and diverse urban setting of the Nation’s Capital, culminating in the majestic staircase of eight locks at the foot of Parliament Hill.
With so much to discover, the Rideau Canal is a national historic site that feels new each time you visit.
Visit the Rideau Canal
website for more information and a full listing of services by area.
A fantastic lights show © Parks Canada
The Trent-Severn Waterway bisects Ontario, running 386 kilometres and connecting two of Canada’s Great Lakes: Lake Ontario at the Bay of Quinte, and Georgian Bay on Lake Huron. This water route was carved out by glaciers and was central in the lives of Aboriginal Peoples. Samuel de Champlain became the first European to travel the Waterway, long before the lumber barons and settlers of the 1800’s dug the sections of canal that would connect the lakes and rivers and serve their mill towns in commerce and transportation. In 1920, after almost a century of construction, the Trent-Severn became a fully navigable system and was on its way to becoming a haven for tourism and boating.
It takes just over a week to travel the length of this national historic site by boat, passing through 36 conventional locks, two sets of flight locks, two of the world’s highest hydraulic lift locks and a marine railway. Boaters are free to embark from any point along the route, taking a leisurely trip or a short visit on what National Geographic called “one of the finest interconnected systems of navigation in the world”.
All lockstations and many swing bridge stations offer mooring and boater camping, drinking water and washroom facilities, first aid, picnic areas and abundant parkland.
Select lockstations offer oTENTik overnight accommodations, shore power and water hook-up for vessels, showers, fire pits, visitor centres, canoe docks for low entry, and the following items for purchase: firewood, ice, nautical charts, souvenirs and Parks Canada merchandise.
Many lockstations are located next to or just a short distance away from major central Ontario routes, and two hours or less from Toronto. Travel is easy to plan as amenities such as grocery stores within walking distance, gas facilities, and docking are abundant. The Trent-Severn Waterway stretches through rolling farmland, large and small lakes, charming villages and the bustle of larger cities, to classic Canadian Shield scenery. With so much distance to cover, boaters can choose from quiet and serene travel, to anything from fairs and musical events, golf and water sports – all of central Ontario is only as far as the bow of your boat.
Visit the Trent-Severn Waterway website for more information and a full listing of services by area.
A few things to keep in mind
Mooring in the blue area (holding line) during operating hours is strictly prohibited.
Maximum continuous mooring period: 48 hours (consult the lock operators to extend your stay).