Lock through for free this summer!
On July 1st for Canada Day, Parks Canada is pleased to offer free lockage in all historic canals and waterways in Canada! Take this opportunity to live a unique experience, explore new bodies of water or spend the night in your boat (regular fees apply) in the heart of Canada’s major cities. Whether it’s for a day out, a weekend gateway or a passage on your vacation itinerary, it truly is the perfect occasion!
In Quebec, you will be able to navigate free of charge in the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Chambly, Lachine, Carillon and Saint-Ours canals. In Ontario, lockage is provided for free on the Trent-Severn Waterway and the Rideau Canal.
Check out our suggested itineraries below for the best boat trip ideas this summer.
A second free admission day!
To extend the fun this summer, Parks Canada has another day of free admission to all national parks, marine conservation areas and historic sites, including Canada's historic canals and waterways:
- Ontario Waterways: June 24, 2018
- Quebec Historic Canals: July 7, 2018 (Fête du nautisme)
Check out the Free Admission Day section to see the dates of these days at the other sites. And to help you plan your boating trip, you'll find all information including lock schedules, services offered (overnight mooring, electricity, etc.), programming and more on Parks Canada Historic canals and waterways webpage.
Note that the 2018 navigation season runs from May 18 to October 8, 2018.
We wish you an excellent 2018 navigation season!
- Small loop to this Summer’s greatest events!
- Montreal like you’ve never seen it before!
- For the love of boating... (Chambly Canal)