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The Parks Canada experience in the Richelieu Valley

Parks Canada unveils its 2015 programming for the Chambly and Saint-Ours Canals
The concerts Sur l'air de Chambly, presented by the Ville de Chambly, at parc des Ateliers The concerts Sur l'air de Chambly, presented by the Ville de Chambly, at the Parc des Ateliers
© Parcs Canada

June 8, 2015 – Chambly, Quebec – Parks Canada

Today, Parks Canada highlighted the many activities and events for the 2015 season at the Chambly and Saint-Ours national historic canals – two places to discover this summer in the vicinity of the Richelieu. Outdoor activities are offered daily in an exceptional setting and an exciting schedule of events has been arranged for families to make this an unforgettable summer season!

On July 4th and 5th, it's the Nautical Fest, an event organized in collaboration with the Québec Maritime Association which will introduce the population to pleasures on the water. The programming offered by Parks Canada and its partners in the vicinity of locks 1, 2 and 3 in Chambly will include short trips on the water in various watercraft, workshops on boating safety, and many other activities.

Every Wednesday in July until the first Wednesday in August, the City of Chambly, in collaboration with Parks Canada, invites families to the Sur l’air de Chambly concert series which will be held in the Chambly Canal's Parc des Ateliers. At Saint-Ours, it's Canada Day on July 1st that can't be missed. Bring your toddlers along!

And for the first time, on a very lively weekend presented by Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op, the banks of the Chambly Canal on île Fryer in Carignan will be transformed into a real campground on August 8th and 9th. Make sure to visit the Chambly Canal website to find out how to reserve your spot!

A number of sporting events will also take place in the exceptional setting of the Chambly Canal, such as the Mountain Equipment Co-op race (Chambly sector on July 12th and October 18th) and the Je Bouge challenge (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu sector on September 12th).

This summer, The Friends of the Chambly and Saint-Ours Canals are associating with various partners to promote health. Yoga, stretching, walking, Kin-jo (the martial art of happiness!), bike rentals, GPS rallies, the explorer circuit and much more is on schedule. Don't delay, register now!

Many musical and festive surprises will be unveiled throughout the summer. Go to our website to avoid missing anything!

Quick Facts

  • The Chambly and Saint-Ours national historic canals, an important part of Canada’s heritage, are steeped in beauty, making them exceptional locations to participate in some of our country’s living history.
  • Canada’s historic canals are premier tourism destinations that foster recreation and economic development, generate revenue and ultimately build strong communities and support Canadian families.
  • A very colourful 2015 season awaits visitors to the Chambly and Saint-Ours national historic canals. Throughout the summer, the banks of the Richelieu River canals will be alive with a rich and varied programme.
  • At this beginning of the 2015 navigation season, Parks Canada's navigable waterways team is proud to welcome boaters to the historic canals for the pleasure of unforgettable experiences.

"The summer promises to be sensational on the Richelieu canals and Parks Canada invites the public to discover or rediscover these unique sites. Through programming like this, Parks Canada is supporting Canada's National Conservation Plan by taking concrete action to connect Canadians to nature. In addition, the ongoing work of Parks Canada and programs – like Learn-to Camp and special events and exciting new activities across the country – is enhancing visitor experience and facilitating personal connections with Parks Canada places."
- Luc-André Mercier, Director, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada

Discover the Chambly Canal on your bike

The canal’s path, an accessible route for all!
The canal’s path, an accessible route for all!
© Parks Canada

The Chambly Canal is the perfect place for biking, family picnics, and boat watching!

Its natural setting and rich heritage are perfect for an escape into the heart of the region’s history. All summer long, its banks will be abuzz with a variety of events.

Watch the clip Ma sortie vélo en Montérégie (only in French) by Tourisme Montérégie!

The Chambly Canal: Experience it!

Passage of a Boat Through a Lock
Passage of a Boat Through
a Lock at Chambly Canal

© Parks Canada

Lockage Fees

Following extensive comments and ideas on the proposed canal lockage fee, Minister Kent announced on May 14, 2013, that Parks Canada will freeze recreational lockage fees along Canada's historic canals for three years at 2008 levels.

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Bridge No. 9 Wins a Steel Design Award of Excellence

The newly constructed Bridge No. 9 The newly constructed Bridge No. 9
© Parks Canada

Chambly, Quebec, October 16, 2012 - The newly constructed Bridge No. 9 providing access to Île Sainte-Marie and Île Sainte-Thérése has won theCanadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) 2012 Award of Excellence. This honour showcases the structure's efficiency, architectural expression, and construction.

This structure is the result of cooperation between Parks Canada and the City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu that offer their congratulations to Genivar and Public Works and Government Services Canada on their expertise, which transformed the initial vision into an outstanding achievement.

Bridge No. 9 was inspired by a lift bridge in operation in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. With contemporary styling, it exemplifies the ideal of continuity, reflecting a type of modern-day construction that blends perfectly with the historic landscape. Its hydraulic system works with vegetable oil, which is not harmful to wildlife or plants, and is 100% environmentally friendly and biodegradable.

Inaugurated in September 2011, this new two-lane bridge provides better traffic flow than its predecessor, which had only one lane. The current bridge also has two separate overpasses for cyclists and pedestrians.