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Chambly Canal National Historic Site

Nautical Activities

Navigate the canal while discovering an exceptional environment Navigate the Canal While Discovering an Exceptional Environment
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Pleasure Boating

Navigate the canal while discovering an exceptional environment and take part in a memorable voyage back in time! Enjoy your trip on the Chambly Canal and explore exceptional bridges and locks with manual mechanisms.

Since its opening in 1843, the Chambly Canal has successfully resisted modernization. In fact, even today, human force is required to operate eight of its locks and two of its bridges.

Moor Your Boat and Walk the Multifunctional Path Moor Your Boat and Walk the Multifunctional Path
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Throughout your trip, witness vestiges of the past such as the towpath that was once used by horses to pull barges full of merchandise from one end of the canal to the other.

Moor your boat and walk this trail that is now used as a path by cyclists and pedestrians throughout the year!

Technical Data and Maps

Length: 19.31 km (12 miles)
Elevation: approximately 24 m (more than 78 feet)
Guaranteed draught: 2 m (6 feet 6 inches)
Bridge clearance: 8.84 m (29 feet)
Effective dimensions of the smallest lock: 33.52 m x 6.24 m (110 feet x 21 feet)
Number of locks: 9
Number of active bridges: 7
Maximum speed allowed: 10 km/h or avoid wakes
Estimated duration of trip: between 3 and 5 hours

Canoes and Kayaks are Welcome on the Canal Canoes and Kayaks are Welcome on the Canal
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Canoeing

Non-motorized vessels such as canoes and kayaks are welcome on the canal. Natural banks make launching easy.

Recreational Rental Services

Would you like to try pleasure boating for a day?

Boat rental services are available in the vicinity of the canal entrance, near the Chambly Basin.

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)

Installation of new infrastructure along canal banks

Only shoreline residents are authorized to install a dock along the banks of the Chambly Canal. An official request for a private dock installation must be submitted to Parks Canada.

Contact us by telephone at 450-447-4804 or via e-mail at info.canal@pc.gc.ca