Revised calendar, advanced navigation season

Parks Canada's Historic Canals in Quebec

CHAMBLY, QUEBEC, June 22, 2020 – Parks Canada wants to give an update regarding infrastructure work along historic canals in Quebec. Since the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions on construction sites, work could resume while respecting the new Canada and Quebec’s public health directives for the health and safety of workers. Timelines have been revised to take into account the challenges caused by these restrictions.

Despite these constraints, the work was carried out at a faster rate than expected thanks to increased efforts on the part of contractors and dedicated Parks Canada teams preparing for the season opening. The Quebec’s Waterways Unit is, therefore, proud to confirm the progressive reopening of the canals earlier than the original schedule. 

Thus, Parks Canada will welcome boaters as of July 1, at the Chambly Canal, and as of July 11 at Saint-Ours Canal, instead of the 3rd week of July as previously announced. As for the Lachine Canal, operations will resume on July 17, between Lock No. 3 and Lock No. 5. For the entire canal, the target date remains the first week of August. Non-motorized nautical activities have resumed since June 19, between Lock No. 3 and Lock No. 5. For the Carillon Canal, temporary work carried out during the next few weeks will allow the opening of the canal to navigation at the end of August, rather than having to cancel the whole 2020 boating season.The scope of work had to be reviewed and this had an impact on the schedule. 

Parks Canada apologizes for the inconvenience of these delays and thanks boaters as well as the community and local businesses for their patience and understanding. 

The Agency wishes to remind visitors and boaters that they should not expect to have the kind of experiences that they have had in the past. As Parks Canada adapts to the COVID-19 situation, visitor access and services on the canals will be limited. 

Those who choose to access historic canals and waterways should follow the advice of public health experts on physical distancing. Everyone will need to be careful in their choices to avoid injury and to minimize any need for emergency response. 

For more details about the service periods and the measures taken by Parks Canada to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the historic canals of Quebec, please consult the websites of each canals or call 1-888-773-8888 in order to plan your visit.


2020 NAVIGATION SEASON
Parks Canada's historic canals in Quebec

CHAMBLY, QUEBEC, June 2, 2020 – Parks Canada announces the upcoming gradual re-opening of the 2020 navigation season in Parks Canada’s historic canals in Quebec. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of activities and construction sites at Parks Canada places, the navigation season has been delayed in the province's historic canals. 

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site

The Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal is expected to welcome boaters for the navigation season from June 15 until Monday, October 12, 2020. In order to ensure the safety of employees and respect physical distancing, access to the central island will be strictly reserved for lock keepers and other Parks Canada employees during the period of June-October. In addition, mooring will be limited in order to avoid excessive site traffic as the access to the Promenade du canal is closed. Finally, three lockages will be scheduled at fixed hour every day: 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. These decisions could change over the course of the season depending on the evolution of the COVID-19. It should be noted that Parks Canada is currently carrying out major repair work on the upstream jetty; although no obstruction to navigation is expected, inconveniences such as noise and dust are to be expected. 

Chambly and Saint-Ours Canals National Historic Sites

The Chambly and Saint-Ours canals are expected to welcome boaters for the navigation season from the third week of July, until Monday October 12, 2020. It should be noted that the oTENTik accommodation units will not be accessible to visitors due to the upcoming work to repair the wastewater collection system on Darvard Island. Parks Canada asks for the cooperation of visitors and that they obey the signage in place.

Lachine Canal National Historic Site

The Lachine Canal is expected to welcome boaters for the navigation season during the first week of August, until Monday October 12, 2020. Water levels in the Lachine Canal will be gradually increased starting June 6, 2020. The canal should be completely filled by June 12, 2020. Lockages are planned at fixed hours during 2020 operation season.

Carillon Canal National Historic Site

The Carillon Canal will remain closed throughout the 2020 navigation season. Major work on the lock’s vertical door must be carried out. This summer, boaters will need to find an alternative route to reach their destination. 

Parks Canada apologizes for the inconvenience of this closure and thanks boaters as well at the community and local businesses for their patience and understanding. 

The health and safety of visitors, boaters, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance, and Parks Canada will follow the advice and guidance of public health authorities in resuming visitor access and services. Only places and activities where health and safety risks can be mitigated will be available for visitation. The dates mentioned above are conditional to the evolution of the COVID-19 situation and the measures to be taken to flatten the curve and ensure everyone's safety. 

Visitors and boaters should not expect to have the kind of experiences that they have had in the past.   As Parks Canada adapts to the COVID-19 situation, visitor access and services on the canals will be limited.

Those who choose to access historic canals and waterways should follow the advice of public health experts on physical distancing. Everyone will need to be careful in their choices to avoid injury and to minimize any need for emergency response. 

For more details about the service periods and the measures taken by Parks Canada to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the historic canals of Quebec, please visit the Historic canals and waterways website or call 1-888-773-8888 in order to plan your visit.


In a boat show near you!

Parks Canada Officer and Visitor at the Boat Show

Parks Canada will be present at multiple boat shows to help visitors plan their boat trips. Get information about services, promotional offers, and upcoming events. Lock staff will be present at the following boat shows:

Montréal Boat Show visitors will have the opportunity to buy their lockage and mooring permits on-site. Just have your boat registration number as well as the length of your boat on hand.

An unbeatable early bird offer!

From January 15 until March 31, 2020, take advantage of our 20% discount on seasonal lockage permits and receive 10% off on a mooring permit when you buy both permits.

Go to Fees and promotions page for all the details.

The seasonal lockage permit is valid throughout the navigation season and allows you to go through any lock system that is part of Canada's national historic canals.

The seasonal night mooring permit allows night mooring at seven national historic canals, two national parks, and one national marine conservation area.