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Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

Nautical Activities

Go through the lock of history and travel Canada's Historic Canals! Go through the lock of history and travel Canada's Historic Canals!
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Pleasure Boating

Known as the tenth lock of the Richelieu and opened in 1849, the Saint-Ours Canal is a continuation of the Chambly Canal, bypassing the final obstacle to navigation between the St. Lawrence River and Lake Champlain.

Because of fixed bridges and overhead power lines, vessels with masts exceeding 8 meters must unmast at Saint-Paul-de-l'Île-aux-Noix located upstream or at Sorel located downstream of the Saint-Ours Canal.

Draught: 3.66 m (12 ft.)
Clearance: 8.84 m (29 ft.)
Lock dimensions: 99.06 m (325 ft.) X 12.04 m (39 ft.)

Maps and Technical Data

Moor up and visit this beautiful national historic site Moor up and visit this beautiful national historic site
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Canoeing

Enjoy the beautiful days and come get moving by paddling on the Saint-Ours Canal!

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

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)