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Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal
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Parks Canada Announces Winners of the Live the Adventure of Historic Canals Contest

February 16, 2015, Montréal, Quebec - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Member of Parliament for Roberval—Lac-Saint-Jean, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today congratulated the winners of the Parks Canada Live the Adventure of Historic Canals! contest presented during the recent Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show.

  • Michel Rouleau, from Saint-Joseph-du-Lac, wins a seasonal lockage and mooring permit to travel Parks Canada’s network of historic canals during the 2015 navigation season (approximate value $250);
  • Mario Paquin, from Mirabel, wins a 6-day lockage and mooring permit to travel Parks Canada’s network of historic canals during the 2015 navigation season (approximate value $145);
  • Stéphane Plouffe, also from Mirabel, wins one overnight lockage and mooring permit in the Lachine Canal to watch the evening fireworks during an International des feux Loto-Quebec evening (approximate value $75).

The Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show gave Parks Canada the opportunity to meet thousands of water sports enthusiasts to promote and share information on Canada’s incredible network of historic waterways and canals.

Through initiatives like these, Parks Canada is supporting Canada's National Conservation Plan by taking concrete action to connect Canadians to nature. In addition, the ongoing work of Parks Canada is enhancing visitor experience and facilitating personal connections with Parks Canada places.

Quick Facts

  • The historic canals are premier tourism destinations that foster recreation and economic development, generate revenue and ultimately build strong communities and support Canadian families.
  • Parks Canada is offering boaters a unique opportunity to double their experience along several of Canada’s exceptional historic waterways in Ontario and Quebec this spring.
  • Motorized and non-motorized boaters who purchase a single lockage permit between May 15 and June 30 will be able to redeem 2 for 1 coupon available at all lockstations, at various boat shows, and from numerous cottage associations and marinas.

Quote

“The historic canals, an important part of Canada’s heritage, are steeped in beauty, making them exceptional locations to participate in some of our country’s living history. Our Government recognizes the importance of canals to Canada’s heritage, the tourism industry and the thousands of people who use them each year and we look forward to welcoming boaters and canal users for another season.”
The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Member of Parliament for Roberval—Lac-Saint-Jean

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

© Parks Canada

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
© Parks Canada

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!