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The Government of Canada announces new investment in Parks Canada’s historic canals in Quebec

The Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, and Luc-André Mercier, Director of the Quebec Waterways The Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, and Luc-André Mercier, Director of the Quebec Waterways
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March 29, 2016, Montréal, Quebec, Parks Canada Agency

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, today announced an investment of more than $170 million to protect and preserve Parks Canada’s five historic canals in Quebec.

Canada’s National Parks are a vital part of who we are as a country – they bring our communities together and represent our shared heritage.

Today’s major investment will be used to conduct reconstruction work on the walls of the Lachine Canal, on the impressive lock of the Carillon Canal, and on the locks and bridges of the Chambly Canal. The funding will also be allocated to rehabilitate and reconstruct heritage-value buildings – such as the Chambly Canal superintendent’s house – and to build structures that preserve biodiversity, such as the Vianney-Legendre Fish Ladder on the Saint Ours Canal. Finally, service areas and footpaths will be built for the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal, in order to increase the experience for all visitors.

The Government of Canada will continue to make investments in our environment to ensure that our children and grandchildren are left with a country even more beautiful, sustainable, and prosperous than the one we have now.


“Through this significant investment, our government is protecting and preserving these treasured places, while supporting local economies, contributing to growth in the tourism sector, and enhancing the charm and attractiveness of these heritage sites. I encourage Canadians to visit and experience Parks Canada’s special places and to enjoy the outdoors, while learning about our rich history and heritage.”

- The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Parks Canada is the largest provider of natural and cultural tourism products in Canada and its destinations form the cornerstones of the Canadian tourism industry.
  • The Lachine Canal, which draws more than 1.2 million visitors, is an important gathering place and tourist attraction in Montreal.
  • National Historic canals are a defining feature of Canada and encourage communities and visitors to discover their beautiful landscapes, recreational opportunities and unique connection to our history.
  • Parks Canada is present in hundreds of communities across Canada and contributes approximately $3 billion dollars to the Canadian economy every year. Parks Canada’s overall contribution to the Canadian economy is responsible for more than 40,000 jobs from coast to coast to coast.
  • Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

Parks Canada brings luck to visitors at the 2016 Montréal Boat and Water Sports Show

Carole Dubé and Isabelle Savoie Live summer to the fullest with Parks Canada!
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Montréal (Quebec), February 15, 2016 –Parks Canada today announced the names of the winners of the contests organized as part of the 17th edition of the Montréal Boat and Water Sports Show held last February 4-7. During the event, everyone who visited one of Parks Canada's booths and filled out a participation form, earned a chance to win one of four prizes awarded via a prize draw.

Parks Canada's presence was very noticeable this year, starting at the entrance of the boat show with a photo activity in which visitors could pose in the magnificent setting of the historic canals and the new oTENTik accommodations. The booth presenting the historic canals of Parks Canada was also a great success and many boaters received pointers to help them properly plan their boat trips for the upcoming navigation season.

The Winners
Live summer to the fullest with Parks Canada! (Picture*)
Seasonal lockage and mooring permit

  • Carole Dubé, from La Prairie, will be able to cruise the Parks Canada network of historic canals during the 2016 navigation season.

Six-day lockage permit

  • Robert Deblois, from Terrebonne, will be able to cruise the Parks Canada network of historic canals during the 2016 navigation season.

Mooring permit for two nights on the Lachine Canal

  • Pierre Laberge, from Montréal, will discover the city of Montréal from a whole new perspective by navigating on the Lachine Canal.

oTENTik stay on the Richelieu!
Two-night stay in an oTENTik on the Saint-Ours Canal

  • Jerome McCarthy, from Montréal, will discover the joys of the outdoors, simply and without a fuss, in this new type of lodging offered by Parks Canada.

Parks Canada would like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who came to meet us during the show. Have a pleasant navigation season and an enjoyable stay in an oTENTik!

* Ms. Carole Dubé, from La Prairie, grand prize winner of the Live summer to the fullest with Parks Canada! contest, receiving her seasonal lockage and mooring permit from Ms. Isabelle Savoie, External Relations Manager for the Quebec Waterways Unit.   

Parks Canada at the 2016 Montréal Boat Show

Contests, discounts, funny photos and plenty of surprises not to be missed!

Aviva - Montréal Boat and Water Sports Show - February 4,5,6,7, 2016 - Montréal Place Bonaventure

Montréal (Quebec), December 30, 2015 – Parks Canada is proud to partner with the Québec Maritime Association (QMA) as part of The Montréal Boat and Water Sports Show which will be held from February 4th to 7th at Place Bonaventure to introduce one of the most beautiful navigation networks in the world. Again this year, Parks Canada will welcome visitors to its space featuring Canada's historic canals and help them to plan their trips by boat. Come and see us so you don't miss the boat!

The 2016 edition of the Boat Show promises to be very exciting since Parks Canada has a trove of surprises in store for you: novelties, promotions for the 2016 season, contests, photo activation, rare visits and more! Parks Canada's Quebec and Ontario Waterways team has made every effort to ensure you'll enjoy a fascinating journey.

Unbeatable offers!
In association with the QMA and participating boat retailers, Parks Canada will offer a seasonal lockage permit to motorized and non-motorized* boat buyers at the event. Using this permit, new buyers will have the chance to travel all Canadian locks free of charge during the 2016 season. In addition, all visitors who come and meet the Parks Canada team at the stand will be given a 2 for 1 coupon for locking. With this coupon, recreational boaters get a second free lock pass for themselves or their friends with the purchase of a single passage in Quebec Waterways from May 20th to June 30th, 2016.

Prizes and more prizes!
When you visit Parks Canada stand at the Boat Show, you run the chance of winning a number of prizes for the 2016 season including a lockage and mooring permit, a six day lockage permit as well as a two night mooring permit at the Lachine Canal. Also, by participating in the photo activities offered by Parks Canada at the entrance to the salon, you could win a two night oTENTik stay, an all new type of accommodation at the Saint-Ours Canal where you'll enjoy a hassle-free camping experience less than an hour from Montréal.

Activities for the whole family
For the pleasure of visitors, the very popular Parks Canada photos activity will return free of charge at the entrance to the salon. Whether you're with the family or among friends, you can create a fun souvenir of your visit and share it easily. And on Sunday, February 7th, come and meet Parks Canada's superstar, the mascot Parka. Since Parka loves making new friends, take advantage of it by taking a picture with her!

The Montréal Boat and Water Sports Show is the largest nautical gathering in Québec, and Parks Canada is pleased to participate in it to meet boating enthusiasts and increase awareness of its exceptional waterways. So it's a meeting as early as February 4th!

*The seasonal permit for non-motorized boat allows canoes and kayaks to travel through waterways but does not include lockage fees.

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!