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

Cycling on one of the world’s most beautiful routes!

Ranked among the world’s most beautiful urban routes by Time magazine in 2009, the Lachine Canal offers a flat path away from the city’s automobile traffic, punctuated by green spaces, skyscrapers and centuries-old buildings.

Lovers of kayaking, pedal boats and small craft - go play in the water!

Practice kayaking five minutes from downtown Montreal? Absolutely! The Lachine Canal offers a full range of activities for watersport enthusiasts.

Sail on board the Petit Navire and enjoy a taste of romance and history

Welcome aboard the Petit Navire! This charming, electrically-powered vessel is silent, ecological and intimate. Let yourself be rocked by the tranquil waters of the Lachine Canal and enjoy the magnificent landscapes surrounding the waterway.

Sites nearby

  • 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).
Complete schedule


Free lockage in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 514-283-6054
Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888
Email: info.canal@pc.gc.ca
or information@pc.gc.ca