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!

Suggested itineraries

Free lockage on Quebec Historic Waterways - July 1st & 7th


Long shot of a boat passing by through the locks, with the bridges above it. Text on screen reads "Free Lockage! July 1st & 7th"

Ls of Nancy's boating approaching into the locks

MLS of nancy reaching out to hand over a rope, while Pete sits up and watches from inside the boat.

We decided to come boating today.

It's a super nice day. So we've come to the locks here at Satine-Anne-de-Bellevue.

Ms of Nancy holding Pete in her arms talking to the viewers

Ls/timelapse of the market taking palce in Sainte-Anne

We try to get out every weekend.

Ms of Nancy holding Pete in her arms talking to the viewers

We come often to the Sainte-Anne locks,

and we moor for the night, on the other side.

LS of Boats docked alongside the canal, as the sunsets. Text on screen reads "Moor for the night!"

We enjoy the atmosphere, it's a lot of fun.

LS of the canal from above on a bridge, showing the restaurants and docked boats.

There are lots of boats and restaurants.

Ms of Nancy holding Pete in her arms talking to the viewers

So we come here often throughout the summer.

Dog barking

CU of the dog sitting in the boat looking at the camera, the camera moves in closer then backs away. Text on screen is the link where viewers can get more information on the Quebec waterways. Parkscanada.gc.ca/canals

A message from the government of Canada

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