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Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Nautical Activities

Prenez plaisir à naviguer sur le canal de Lachine
Moor your boat in the heart of Montréal!
Discover the magic of boating on the Lachine Canal
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Pleasure Boating

Discover the magic of boating on waters that were both the forerunner of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the cradle of Canadian industry.

After 5 years of continuous work, the Lachine Canal opened for boating in 2002.

Technical Data and Maps

  • Downstream entrance: St. Lawrence River, Old Port of Montreal, Alexandra Basin
  • Upstream entrance : St. Lawrence River, Lake Saint-Louis, the navigation channel is on the north side of the Marina
  • Length: 14.5 kilometres
  • Total drop: approximately 14 metres
  • Guaranteed draught: 2 metres
  • Clearance under bridges: 2.43 metres
  • Size of the smallest lock : 49 metres by 12,2 metres
  • Number of locks: 5
  • Maximum speed: 10 kilometres/hour or less (in some places, the watercraft has to slow down so as not to create a wake)
  • Transit time: from 3 to 5 hours

Non-Motorized Boats

Organize a kayaking with friends!
Organize a kayaking with friends!
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Feel like paddling? Non-motorized boats such as canoes and kayaks are welcome on the canal.

You can bring your own equipment or rent a boat and safety equipment. Users need to get a seasonal vignette at locks 3, 4 or 5 at a $5 price (lockage fees are not included).

For your safety

Your boat must be in compliance with Transport Canada’s requirements, and be equipped with all the mandatory safety equipment.

Refer to the Safe Boating Guide to learn more about boat safety.

The Lachine Canal offers an exceptional setting
The Lachine Canal offers an exceptional setting
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Boat launch

You can use the public docks along the canal, including the docks upstream and downstream from the locks, to launch your non-motorized boat.

Parking spaces are available at the Notre-Dame and Saint-Pierre wayside stops.

Information: 514 595-6594

Nautical Regulations

Maximum speed: 10 kilometres/hour or less (in some places, the watercraft has to slow down so as not to create a wake).

Consult the Historic Canals Regulations (SOR/93-220)

Recreational Rental Services

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H2O Adventures

In addition to pleasure boating, the Lachine Canal is a wonderful place to enjoy nautical activities in the heart of the city.

You can rent small craft such as electric boats, pedal boats, kayaks and sailboats from member concessions along the Pôle des Rapides in the Old Canal sector, Côte-Saint-Paul sector and the Atwater Market sector.

Explore the canal from a new perspective!
Explore the canal from a new perspective!
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Le Petit Navire - New!

June 27 to August 31, 2014

Discovery trips along the Lachine Canal are back! Frequent departures from the Jacques Cartier Wharf in Montréal’s Old Port (Place-d'Armes metro station) and the Atwater Market Wharf (Lionel-Groulx and Charlevoix metro stations), enable visitors to explore the canal from a new perspective.

Get aboard this environmentally friendly, silent vessel and stop off at the Atwater Market where you can enjoy a wide range of culinary delights.

For departure times and reservations: - 514-602-1000

Spend the night at the Canal and enjoy the lights! - New!

Spend the night on the Lachine canal and watch the fireworks
Spend the night on the Lachine canal and watch the fireworks
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July 5, 12, 19, and 26 and August 2

Every summer, when the International des Feux Loto-Québec is in full swing, plenty of boaters are taking in this fantastic show on the water aboard their watercraft.

To enjoy the ultimate experience, Parks Canada is pleased to offer you a unique package including overnight mooring in the Lachine Canal’s Basin No. 1 and lockage facing the fireworks. It is located between locks number 1 and 2, near the Old Port of Montreal.

Lockage facing the fireworks will take place at 8 p.m.: Arrive early to enjoy the Old Port of Montreal’s charm along with the many shops and restaurants. A lockkeeper will be onsite to welcome you.

There will be two return lockages after the fireworks, the first at 11 p.m. and the second at midnight.

The cost of the package, including overnight mooring and lockage, is $75. A $25 deposit is required, refundable in the event of a cancellation received at least 24 hours in advance. Spaces are limited.

Reservations: 514-595-6594