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.

Today, Canada's waterways offer a fascinating navigation experience and many opportunities for discovery.

Come aboard and enjoy sailing the Parks Canada canals!

Major work to rehabilitate the structural components of the vertical door is scheduled for this summer, allowing Parks Canada to open the canal to boaters by the end of August 2020. Consult that alternative route to sail from Montréal to Ottawa. 


a boat on the lock at Carillon

Circuits and itineraries

On the Ottawa River, the imposing structures of the Carillon Canal National Historic Site and of the Hydro-Québec power plant are an impressive site to see. The only one of its kind in North America, the Carillon lock has a guillotine gate that is opened by a counterweight of almost 200 tonnes.


boats entering lock at Carillon

Overnight mooring

Everyone knows Parks Canada’s waterways for the beauty of their surroundings and for the memorable and safe navigation experience that they offer. Did you know that an overnight stay there is also possible?


Parks Canada staff helping a boat to moor

Locking through safely

Have a look at the procedures and safety precautions to take when locking through: approaching an historic canal, into the lock and exiting the lock.

Inautique app

Download the iNautique application (Android or iOS), that allows you to find all the marinas, harbors and boating schools throughout the province anywhere and everywhere.

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Visitors to Canada

Learn how to travel across Canada aboard a private boat: customs reporting, points of entry, operator competency, safety equipment and many useful resources.

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