2019 Boating season

CHAMBLY (Quebec), May 16, 2019 – Parks Canada announces the gradual opening of the 2019 boating season on Parks Canada's historic canals in Quebec. Due to the recent severe flooding, opening to navigation will be delayed in some locations, and sites will remain closed to the public along the banks until further notice.

Lachine Canal National Historic Site
The Lachine Canal will be open to welcome recreational boaters for the boating season from today, May 17, until Monday, October 14th, 2019. Happy boating season to all!

Chambly Canal National Historic Site
The Chambly Canal season should be open to recreational boaters for the boating season from May 24 until Monday, October 14th, 2019. Prior to the opening of the season, visitors along the banks can still enjoy their favourite outdoor activities, as the canal path remains accessible at all times. 

Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site
The Saint-Ours Canal season should be open to recreational boaters for the boating season from May 24 until Monday, October 14th, 2019. It should be noted that the facilities located on Darvard Island will be closed to the public along the banks, as well as to recreational boaters until further notice. Parks Canada is asking for the cooperation of the public to respect traffic signs in order to maintain a safe and secure site. 

Carillon Canal National Historic Site
The Carillon Canal, as well as the park, are currently closed to the public along the banks and on the waterway. Parks Canada will inform the public of the reopening of facilities as soon as officials lift the restriction of navigation on the Ottawa River. 

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site
The Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal, as well as the park are currently closed to the public, along the banks and on the waterway. Parks Canada will inform the public of the reopening of facilities as soon as possible. 

Parks Canada is making every effort to ensure the rehabilitation and safe operations of our national historic canals and will inform the public of their reopening as soon as possible. The Agency is seeking the cooperation and support of all users in showing their understanding, exercising caution, and to respect the temporary traffic signs. 

For further details on the service periods and the opportunities for discovery on Quebec's historic canals, Parks Canada invites you to consult parkscanada.gc.ca/canals or contact 1 888 773-8888.

As part of Parks Canada network of historic sites and national parks, the national historic canals offer more than a million recreational boaters and visitors exceptional visitor services and recreational and heritage experiences.


Montreal boat show

Parks Canada at the 2019 Montreal Boat Show: Enjoy the view, enjoy life!

Parks Canada is proud to partner with the Québec Maritime Association (QMA) as part of the 2019 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show which will be held from January 31th to 3rd at Place Bonaventure to raise awareness of one of the most beautiful navigation networks in the world. Parks Canada will welcome visitors this year to its space featuring Canada's historic canals and will help them plan their boat trips. Come and see us so you don't miss the boat!

The 2019 edition of the Boat Show promises to be very exciting since Parks Canada is preparing plenty of surprises for you: novelties, promotional offers for the 2019 season, contests and much more! The Parks Canada's Quebec and Ontario waterways team has assembled a package to guarantee you'll enjoy a fascinating journey.

An unbeatable pre-season offer!

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.

The pre-season offer will allow recreational boaters to save 20% on the current prices of seasonal lockage permits. With the purchase of the lockage permit, also take advantage of a 10% reduction on the night mooring permit.

Just have your boat registration number as well as the length of your boat on hand to make the purchase on the spot.

The 2019 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show is the largest nautical gathering in Quebec, and Parks Canada is pleased to participate in it to meet pleasure boating enthusiasts and increase awareness of its exceptional waterways. So it's a meeting as early as January 31!

Info-work - Major rehabilitation works

Montréal, Quebec, October 26, 2018 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that major rehabilitation work is being carried out on the marine structures of the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal. The next phase of the work will be carried out on the lock structures. 

From the end of October 2018 to the beginning of May 2019, work including, in particular, the repair of beams (replacement of wooden parts, painting, sawing of metal parts and welding), mechanical work on hydraulic units, the repair of the lock floor, the sidewalk, and the repair of guardrails are planned. Parks Canada is also continuing to plan work on the upstream jetty, which was kept closed following the 2017 floods that caused damage to the structure already undergoing repair.

While the work will take place outside the navigation season, the safety of the public and contractors on-site is a priority for Parks Canada. During construction, Parks Canada asks the public to exercise caution and comply with construction zones and signage.

Parks Canada makes every effort to minimize disruptions caused by infrastructure projects at the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal. When this work has an impact on users, Parks Canada communicates work information in a variety of ways, including the @QuebecCanals social media account (Twitter) and online at parkscanada.gc.ca/steannecanal.

A must-see tourist attraction in the west end of Montreal, the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal features exceptional spaces for walks or relaxation, and is the gateway to a waterway marked by more than 150 years of history. Over the next few years, over $14 million will be invested to protect this site and to ensure a safe, high-quality visitor experience.


Start of New Boating Season at Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site

Friday, May 18, 2018 Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec Parks Canada
Mr. and Mrs. Riopel
Mr. and Mrs. Riopel

Parks Canada’s places represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples.

Today, the Parks Canada team was pleased to welcome the very first boaters of 2018, Mr. and Mrs. Riopel. Their passage marks the opening of a season that promises to be exceptional at the Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site. Last year, more than 7,500 boats locked through the Canal.

Boaters can obtain more information online about locking and mooring services, as well as 2018 activities. Happy boating!


Winter fun in Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue: An Event High in Color!

On Saturday, February 3rd, the City of Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue presents a pyrotechnic show inspired from the film The Dog Who Stopped the War, next to the Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal. Starting at 8:00pm, the FAE pyrotechnics company will pay tribute to your childhood heroes with a display of fireworks and music. Relive your childhood memories or come and introduce the magic of The Dog Who Stopped the War to your young ones!

Free admission! The show can be witnessed along the boardwalk of the canal, near the parking lot situated in front of City Hall.  


YOUR DREAM JOB AT PARKS CANADA!

2 Parks Canada Employee

Available positions : lock and bridge operator

Closing date: 7 February 2018

Operating the controls of the locks and bridges on a historic canal, welcoming boaters, providing visitors with quality service and working in a unique setting... Interested in the world of navigation? Parks Canada’s Quebec Waterways team is currently seeking qualified candidates. Spread the word!

Working the locks for Parks Canada: An exciting job awaits!

Parks Canada is looking to several lock and bridge operator term positions on Quebec historic canals.

The lock operator’s job is complex. For example, at Locks 1, 2 and 3 on the Chambly Canal, 47 different actions are required to let a boat through: opening the sluices and gates, manoeuvring the swing bridge, controlling the traffic lights, and so on. Each canal thus has it specificities you will get accustomed to.

Qualities sought

Candidates must be enthusiastic, physically fit and able to multitask—and enjoy working outside, rain or shine. Parks Canada’s lock keepers are known for their exceptional customer service, so it is important to enjoy working with the public.

Candidates must be available from May to October, have completed high school (Secondary V) and hold a driver’s licence. The ability to communicate in English is considered an asset.

The available positions are term positions (with possibility of permanent appointment) and well-paying, with an hourly rate between $22.16 and $24.09 depending on experience.

This enriching and fulfilling job could be yours!

Feel at home on the water and looking for a seasonal job? It is time to apply. Visit jobs.gc.ca to read about the details and the process you must follow lien par canal. Hurry up, the recruitment period closes on February 7!


Parks Canada at the 2018 Montreal Boat Show: An in-depth experience

January 22, 2018, Montreal, Quebec Parks Canada Agency

Montreal Boat and Water sports show

Parks Canada is proud to partner with the Québec Maritime Association (QMA) as part of the 2018 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show which will be held from February 1st to 4th at Place Bonaventure to raise awareness of one of the most beautiful navigation networks in the world. With the special participation of the New York State Canals, we'll welcome visitors this year to our space featuring Canada's historic canals and we'll help them plan their boat trips. Come and see us so you don't miss the boat!

The 2018 edition of the Boat Show promises to be very exciting since Parks Canada is preparing plenty of surprises for you: novelties, promotional offers for the 2018 season, virtual reality experiences, contests and much more! The Parks Canada's Quebec and Ontario waterways team has assembled a package to guarantee you'll enjoy a fascinating journey.

An unbeatable pre-season offer!

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.

The pre-season offer will allow recreational boaters to save 20% on the current prices of seasonal lockage permits. With the purchase of the lockage permit, also take advantage of a 10% reduction on the night mooring permit.

Just have your boat registration number as well as the length of your boat on hand to make the purchase on the spot.

Activities for the whole family

For the greater pleasure of visitors, a locking experience in virtual reality will be made available this year. Come and see us and our cutting edge equipment will enable you to experience a locking as though you were really there!

On Sunday February 4th, come and meet Parks Canada's superstar, the mascot Parka. Since Parka loves making new friends, take advantage of it by taking a picture with her!

Conference of New York and Canada historic canals

This year, Parks Canada is pleased to collaborate with New York State Canals to offer you an exciting conference that goes beyond the borders! Discover the popular nautical circuits through the Canadian and American historic canals, from Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue to the Thousand Islands via Chambly and Lake Champlain, or even spend the night at the Lachine Canal to enjoy Montreal's attractions! The lockkeepers will be on hand to answer all your questions and provide you with the information you need to properly plan your next trip, including tips for night mooring, safety in the locks and much more. Don't miss this opportunity!

The 2018 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show is the largest nautical gathering in Quebec, and Parks Canada is pleased to participate in it to meet pleasure boating enthusiasts and increase awareness of its exceptional waterways. So it's a meeting as early as February 1st!


Launch of a new boating season at the Carillon Canal!

Group of First boaters with Parks Canada staff.
First boaters of the 2017 navigation season at the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal!
Launch of a new boating season at the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal!

 

In 2017, Parks Canada is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation by offering free entry to ALL national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across Canada. On Quebec and Ontario’s historic canals, this means that pleasure crafts and non-motorized boats will be able to go through locks free of charge to access major cities as well as their favourite bodies of water. It’s our way of wishing you a happy 150th

The mayor of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Ms. Paola Hawa, as well as the Parks Canada's team were happy to welcome the first boaters of the 2017 season at the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site, who were presented with Parks Canada brand products. This year, the navigation season will be held from June 7th to October 9th, 2017.

Following the exceptionally high water levels and flooding that have delayed the opening of the navigation season on Carillon, Lachine, and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Historic Canals, Parks Canada has done everything necessary to ensure their repair and their complete reopening as early as possible. It should be noted that the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal Park is partly closed to visitors along the banks and that some wharves will not be accessible to recreational boaters for an indefinite period. Parks Canada will inform the population of the reopening of facilities as soon as possible.
Eager to take part in this wonderful experience? Visit our Historic canals waterways portal to learn about the many opportunities offered by Parks Canada, and order your free lockage permit now! Spread the word, and enjoy the 2017 boating season!


The Government of Canada announces new investment in Parks Canada’s historic canals in Quebec

The Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, and Luc-André Mercier, Director of the Quebec Waterways The Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, and Luc-André Mercier, Director of the Quebec Waterway

March 29, 2016, Montréal, Quebec, Parks Canada Agency

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, today announced an investment of more than $170 million to protect and preserve Parks Canada’s five historic canals in Quebec.

Canada’s National Parks are a vital part of who we are as a country – they bring our communities together and represent our shared heritage.

Today’s major investment will be used to conduct reconstruction work on the walls of the Lachine Canal, on the impressive lock of the Carillon Canal, and on the locks and bridges of the Chambly Canal. The funding will also be allocated to rehabilitate and reconstruct heritage-value buildings – such as the Chambly Canal superintendent’s house – and to build structures that preserve biodiversity, such as the Vianney-Legendre Fish Ladder on the Saint Ours Canal. Finally, service areas and footpaths will be built for the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal, in order to increase the experience for all visitors.

The Government of Canada will continue to make investments in our environment to ensure that our children and grandchildren are left with a country even more beautiful, sustainable, and prosperous than the one we have now.

Quote

“Through this significant investment, our government is protecting and preserving these treasured places, while supporting local economies, contributing to growth in the tourism sector, and enhancing the charm and attractiveness of these heritage sites. I encourage Canadians to visit and experience Parks Canada’s special places and to enjoy the outdoors, while learning about our rich history and heritage.”

- The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Parks Canada is the largest provider of natural and cultural tourism products in Canada and its destinations form the cornerstones of the Canadian tourism industry.
  • The Lachine Canal, which draws more than 1.2 million visitors, is an important gathering place and tourist attraction in Montreal.
  • National Historic canals are a defining feature of Canada and encourage communities and visitors to discover their beautiful landscapes, recreational opportunities and unique connection to our history.
  • Parks Canada is present in hundreds of communities across Canada and contributes approximately $3 billion dollars to the Canadian economy every year. Parks Canada’s overall contribution to the Canadian economy is responsible for more than 40,000 jobs from coast to coast to coast.
  • Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

Parks Canada brings luck to visitors at the 2016 Montréal Boat and Water Sports Show

Carole Dubé and Isabelle Savoie Live summer to the fullest with Parks Canada!
 

Montréal (Quebec), February 15, 2016 –Parks Canada today announced the names of the winners of the contests organized as part of the 17th edition of the Montréal Boat and Water Sports Show held last February 4-7. During the event, everyone who visited one of Parks Canada's booths and filled out a participation form, earned a chance to win one of four prizes awarded via a prize draw.

Parks Canada's presence was very noticeable this year, starting at the entrance of the boat show with a photo activity in which visitors could pose in the magnificent setting of the historic canals and the new oTENTik accommodations. The booth presenting the historic canals of Parks Canada was also a great success and many boaters received pointers to help them properly plan their boat trips for the upcoming navigation season.

The winners
Live summer to the fullest with Parks Canada!
Seasonal lockage and mooring permit

  • Carole Dubé, from La Prairie, will be able to cruise the Parks Canada network of historic canals during the 2016 navigation season.

Six-day lockage permit

  • Robert Deblois, from Terrebonne, will be able to cruise the Parks Canada network of historic canals during the 2016 navigation season.

Mooring permit for two nights on the Lachine Canal

  • Pierre Laberge, from Montréal, will discover the city of Montréal from a whole new perspective by navigating on the Lachine Canal.

oTENTik stay on the Richelieu!
Two-night stay in an oTENTik on the Saint-Ours Canal

  • Jerome McCarthy, from Montréal, will discover the joys of the outdoors, simply and without a fuss, in this new type of lodging offered by Parks Canada.

Parks Canada would like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who came to meet us during the show. Have a pleasant navigation season and an enjoyable stay in an oTENTik!

* Ms. Carole Dubé, from La Prairie, grand prize winner of the Live summer to the fullest with Parks Canada! contest, receiving her seasonal lockage and mooring permit from Ms. Isabelle Savoie, External Relations Manager for the Quebec Waterways Unit. 


Parks Canada at the 2016 Montréal Boat Show

Contests, discounts, funny photos and plenty of surprises not to be missed!

Aviva - Montréal Boat and Water Sports Show - February 4,5,6,7, 2016 - Montréal Place Bonaventure

Montréal (Quebec), December 30, 2015 – Parks Canada is proud to partner with the Québec Maritime Association (QMA) as part of The Montréal Boat and Water Sports Show which will be held from February 4th to 7th at Place Bonaventure to introduce one of the most beautiful navigation networks in the world. Again this year, Parks Canada will welcome visitors to its space featuring Canada's historic canals and help them to plan their trips by boat. Come and see us so you don't miss the boat!

The 2016 edition of the Boat Show promises to be very exciting since Parks Canada has a trove of surprises in store for you: novelties, promotions for the 2016 season, contests, photo activation, rare visits and more! Parks Canada's Quebec and Ontario Waterways team has made every effort to ensure you'll enjoy a fascinating journey.

Unbeatable offers!
In association with the QMA and participating boat retailers, Parks Canada will offer a seasonal lockage permit to motorized and non-motorized* boat buyers at the event. Using this permit, new buyers will have the chance to travel all Canadian locks free of charge during the 2016 season. In addition, all visitors who come and meet the Parks Canada team at the stand will be given a 2 for 1 coupon for locking. With this coupon, recreational boaters get a second free lock pass for themselves or their friends with the purchase of a single passage in Quebec Waterways from May 20th to June 30th, 2016.

Prizes and more prizes!
When you visit Parks Canada stand at the Boat Show, you run the chance of winning a number of prizes for the 2016 season including a lockage and mooring permit, a six day lockage permit as well as a two night mooring permit at the Lachine Canal. Also, by participating in the photo activities offered by Parks Canada at the entrance to the salon, you could win a two night oTENTik stay, an all new type of accommodation at the Saint-Ours Canal where you'll enjoy a hassle-free camping experience less than an hour from Montréal.

Activities for the whole family
For the pleasure of visitors, the very popular Parks Canada photos activity will return free of charge at the entrance to the salon. Whether you're with the family or among friends, you can create a fun souvenir of your visit and share it easily. And on Sunday, February 7th, come and meet Parks Canada's superstar, the mascot Parka. Since Parka loves making new friends, take advantage of it by taking a picture with her!

The Montréal Boat and Water Sports Show is the largest nautical gathering in Québec, and Parks Canada is pleased to participate in it to meet boating enthusiasts and increase awareness of its exceptional waterways. So it's a meeting as early as February 4th!

*The seasonal permit for non-motorized boat allows canoes and kayaks to travel through waterways but does not include lockage fees.


Passage of a Boat Through a Lock
Passage of a boat through
a lock at Chambly Canal

Lockage fees

Following extensive comments and ideas on the proposed canal lockage fee, Minister Kent announced on May 14, 2013, that Parks Canada will freeze recreational lockage fees along Canada's historic canals for three years at 2008 levels.

More information


Barges that impress!

On a Barge, Specialized Equipment for Heating Wood Chips
On a barge, specialized equipment for heating wood chips

Specialized equipment for heating wood chips arrived from Finland by boat in mid-September 2010. From the Port of Montréal, three gigantic digesters, each weighing 110 tonnes, as well as large tanks and all the tubing that accompanies them, were moved aboard three huge barges that slowly went up the Ottawa River to a paper mill in Thurso.

These giant vessels paused at the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal and made a stopover at the Carillon Canal in mid-October. Dozens of onlookers took the opportunity to line up along the barriers and appreciate this spectacle, of which they got a terrific view. A golden opportunity to learn more about the commercial use of canals and their role in the country’s industrialization!