In June of 1604, French nobleman-courtier Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons and his expedition established a settlement on St. Croix Island. In the milder months, they built houses, a storehouse, kitchen and chapel, and formed strong Aboriginal trade alliances.

In the territory they called “l'Acadie,”—the first attempt at year-round colonization by the French—they faced a bitter winter and set the foundation for an enduring French presence in North America.

The Rideau Canal in Ottawa and the lockage permit

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Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at Parks Canada’s historic canals.

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Canada 150

Hours of operation

June 1st to October 15th

Fees

Free admission.

Contact us

506-636-4011
info.martello@pc.gc.ca