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 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!

First boaters of the 2017 navigation season at the Carillon Canal!
First boaters of the 2017 navigation season at the Carillon 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 Parks Canada's team was happy to welcome last Saturday the first boaters of the 2017 season at the Carillon Canal National Historic Site, who were presented with Parks Canada brand products. This year, the navigation season will be held from May 26th to October 9th, 2017. Following the exceptionally high water levels and flooding that have delayed the opening of the navigation season on Carillon and Lachine historic Canals, Parks Canada has done everything necessary to ensure their repair and their complete reopening as early as possible. The Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal is currently closed. 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 Waterways

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.


“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! (Picture*)
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.   

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.

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