A link between the city and nature, the Lachine Canal is located in the southwest section of Montreal. Its 14.5-kilometre urban route runs between the Old Port and Lake Saint-Louis, a navigable waterway punctuated by five locks. Along its banks, a linear green urban park is lined with vestiges of the industrial era when the canal boomed. Throughout the year, a varied schedule of activities makes this historic site a great place to experience with family or friends.
Featured things to do
The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site
Strategically located on the fur trade route, this storage building recounts the lives of the voyageurs. Stop in at this enchanting waterfront setting in Lachine and discover the inner workings of the trade that helped shape Canada.
Fort Chambly National Historic Site
Roughly 30 kilometres southeast of Montreal, Fort Chambly rises proudly at the foot of the Richelieu River rapids. Built in 1711 to defend the colony, this stone fortification was preceded by three wooden forts.
Chambly Canal National Historic Site
A mere 20 kilometres from Montreal, an oasis awaits cycling and outdoor enthusiasts: the Chambly Canal NationalHistoric Site. Observe the locks and bridges providing passage to boaters, and in August, admire the hot-air balloons darting between the clouds. It's magical.
Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site
Stroll through Darvard Island and enjoy recognizing many species of trees and birds. Have a family picnic while watching the lockage of pleasure craft. Children will be fascinated by the fish ladder, a structure unlike anything else in the world.
La Mauricie National Park
With its 536 km2 area, La Mauricie National Park is the ideal place for an outdoor escape. Hills, forests and streams are accessible any season of the year.
Hours of operation
The national historic site is open every day of the year from sunrise to 11 p.m. The navigation season runs from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving (mid-May to mid-October).
Free lockage in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list