Lachine Rapids National Historic Event

Lachine, Quebec
Lachine Rapids (© Free)
Lachine Rapids
(© Free)
Address : des Rapides Park, 7760 La Salle Boulevard, Lachine, Quebec

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1982-11-19

Other Name(s):
  • Lachine Rapids  (Designation Name)

Importance: Obstacle led to economic and industrial development of Montréal


Plaque Removed:  des Rapides Park, 7760 La Salle Boulevard, Lachine, Quebec

This natural obstacle on the main route into the continent played a decisive role in the establishment and the development of Montréal as a major centre of trade, production and distribution. Here the river rushes through a narrow channel strewn with boulders and small islets. For travellers going inland, the rapids were a major impediment to transportation on the St. Lawrence. Both travellers and goods had to pass overland from Montréal to Lachine; descending the river, they could risk shooting the rapids. It was not until the opening of the Lachine Canal in 1825 that a navigable route to the interior was developed.