Some Parks Canada places have begun a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas and services, including camping. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and be well-prepared for their visit. Details here.

2020 Navigation Season

Temporary work carried out during the next few weeks will allow the opening of the canal to navigation at the end of August to October 12, rather than having to cancel the whole 2020 boating season.

Parks Canada apologizes for the inconvenience of this closure and thanks boaters as well as the community and local businesses for their patience and understanding.The scope of work had to be reviewed and this had an impact on the schedule.

Visitors have access to the following facilities:

  • day-use areas, including green spaces and picnic areas;
  • parking lot;
  • drinking fountain.

Until the Carillon Canal opens, please consult the alternative route if you need to sail from Montreal to Ottawa via the St.Lawrence Seaway.

Starting at the end of August 2020 (precise date to come)

Visitors will however be able to access the following services and facilities:

  • lock;
  • lockstation grounds;
  • mooring areas.

The following accesses and services remain suspended until further notice:

  • public toilets.

The boat launch ramp for emergency services remains accessible at all times.

Visiting the Carillon Canal National Historic Site will be different than it has been in the past. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the Carillon Canal website before they travel.

Please consult the information bulletin for more details.

To the delight of merchants, the Carillon Canal - built on the Ottawa River for military purposes - opened in 1833. Located 100 kilometres from Montreal and 130 kilometres from Ottawa, the canal is today a pleasure boating waterway.

You'll be intrigued by the manoeuvres made by boats using the lock, which enables them to navigate a 20-metre drop in only 40 minutes!

Then, head off to explore the former barracks that now house a museum.

Hours of operation

Site access: Every day from sunrise to 11 p.m.

Navigation schedule: suspended until the end of August 2020.

Complete schedule


Free site acces. 

Some fees apply for locking and overnight mooring.

Detailed fees list

Sites nearby

  • The Carillon Barracks
    Carillon Barracks National Historic Site

    Opened in 1843, the Sainte-Anne Canal was the main entry point for the waterway between Montréal and Kingston. Take a trip through 150 years of history by visiting the Museum, then go to the pier for a picnic and watch the lock in operation.

  • Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site

    The Coteau-du-Lac site is a natural stop for history lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. As the first fortified lock structure in North America, the canal is the direct ancestor of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

  • Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site

    Discover the strategies behind the significant day of October 26, 1813 when outnumbered Canadian troops defeated the invading American army. Ride 14 kilometres by bike or car across the actual battlefield!

  • A guide disguised in Miss Papineau
    Manoir Papineau National Historic Site

    Classified as a historic monument, the Manoir-Papineau immerses visitors into the heart of the 19th century with its romantic allure of a feudal castle on a riverbank. Explore the magnificent gardens, admire the barn, and take time to reflect in the funeral chapel.

  • Rideau Canal National Historic Site

    An historic 19th century military waterway linking rivers and lakes across Eastern Ontario’s countryside, the Rideau Canal is now a popular natural playground, perfect for boating, paddling, fishing, camping, hiking and cycling the canal’s wooded pathways.