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Lachine Canal National Historic Site

One of the most beautiful urban circuit in the world!
One of the most beautiful urban circuit in the world!
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Canal’s Path

Travel the Canal from One End to the Other!

Did you know? The canal’s path was ranked the third most beautiful urban circuit in the world by Time magazine in 2009.

The Lachine Canal’s path was opened in 1977, making it one of the oldest such paths in the Montreal area. It is also one of the most popular because of its superb green spaces.

Located in the heart of the bicycle network in the South-West sector of the island of Montreal, it follows the canal for 14.5 km, from the Bonaventure Expressway west of the Old Port to Chemin du Musée in Lachine.

A gorgeous view of Montréal
A gorgeous view of Montréal
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This excursion is accessible to all since the route is flat. Experienced cyclists can travel from one end of the path to another in an hour.

The path is maintained from April 15 to November 15 and the park is open year round from dawn to 11:00 p.m. As soon as snow conditions permit, cross-country skiers can use the canal corridor for skiing, although the trail is not maintained or mechanically groomed.

Download the Canal’s Path map


Bike Rental Service

The bike rental and repair service, Mybicyclette, is just steps from the Atwater Market.

Safety and Regulations

Maximum speed limit is 20 km/h
Maximum speed limit
is 20 km/h

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The cyclist and pedestrian paths along the Lachine Canal are very safe. They are completely separated from car traffic, cross only one street along their entire length, and are lighted at night. Signs and maps make it easy for visitors to find their way. Nevertheless, courtesy and caution are the keys to a successful outing.

The paved path is shared by cyclists, in-line skaters, and walkers. The maximum speed limit is 20 km/h.

Power-assisted bicycles or electric bicycles equipped with a running board, an open frame or a flat floor, commonly referred to as electric scooter, are prohibited on the path.

Domestic animals are welcome as long as they are: kept on a leash, don't disturb other users, and that any trace of their passing are promptly erased. Consult the Domestic Animals section of the Historic Canals Regulations (SOR/93-220).

Please note that Lachine Borough regulations concerning dogs apply on the Promenade Père-Marquette and Monk Island.

For security reasons, ice-skating is forbidden on the Lachine.

Canal Lounge

All summer
Canal Lounge
Enjoy the Canal Lounge experience
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New this summer at the Atwater Market dock, the Canal Lounge floating café welcomes visitors on the waters of the Lachine Canal in a cozy and intimate atmosphere, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Whether it is for a snack or a drink, children and adults alike can enjoy the original setting provided by this converted riverboat to have a good time. Users of small boats (canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, etc.) can even get service directly on the water by stopping by the side of the unique floating restaurant docked at the Lachine Canal. Cheers!

Outdoor Chess

Outdoor chess on the banks of the Lachine Canal
Outdoor chess on the banks of the Lachine Canal
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All summer long

Loisir Saint-Henri invites you to play outdoor chess under the big top behind the Atwater Market, on the banks of the Lachine Canal.

Games will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays, and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday nights.

How fast can you checkmate your opponent?

Free Wireless Internet at the Atwater Quay


To the delight of recreational boaters, waterfront residents, and tourists in southwestern Montreal, Parks Canada offers free wireless Internet access at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site’s Atwater Quay, at the corner of Atwater Avenue and Saint-Ambroise Street.

Wi-Fi is available daily throughout the summer season during the Parks Canada kiosk’s business hours. Visitors are invited to obtain the required password on-site.