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Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site

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Timber rafts at Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Lock. April 18, 1916
Timber rafts at Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Lock. April 18, 1916
© National Archives of Canada / PA-211603, April 18 1916

Originally used for trading purposes, the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal was part of the Montreal-Ottawa-Kingston inland waterway. Opened in 1843 this canal simplified the transportation of wood until the beginning of the 20th century. Like the other canals in Quebec, it gradually switched from being a commercial canal to a recreational canal and tourist attraction.

Learn more about the canal, its history, its role and operational manoeuvres by traveling through the Interpretation Panels Circuit. You will discover the importance of the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue canal for the commercial development of Canada.