Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal
National Historic Site

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Passage of a Boat Through a Lock
Passage of a Boat Through
a Lock at Chambly Canal

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Lockage Fees

Following extensive comments and ideas on the proposed canal lockage fee, Minister Kent announced on May 14, 2013, that Parks Canada will freeze recreational lockage fees along Canada's historic canals for three years at 2008 levels.

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Barges that Impress!

On a Barge, Specialized Equipment for Heating Wood Chips
On a Barge, Specialized Equipment for Heating Wood Chips
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Specialized equipment for heating wood chips arrived from Finland by boat in mid-September 2010. From the Port of Montréal, three gigantic digesters, each weighing 110 tonnes, as well as large tanks and all the tubing that accompanies them, were moved aboard three huge barges that slowly went up the Ottawa River to a paper mill in Thurso.

These giant vessels paused at the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal and made a stopover at the Carillon Canal in mid-October. Dozens of onlookers took the opportunity to line up along the barriers and appreciate this spectacle, of which they got a terrific view. A golden opportunity to learn more about the commercial use of canals and their role in the country’s industrialization!