Kayaking and canoeing
From mid-May to mid-October
Practice kayaking five minutes from downtown Montréal? Absolutely! The Lachine Canal offers a full range of activities for watersport enthusiasts.
The calm waters of the canal are perfect for meandering in a kayak, canoe, paddleboat or electric boat - an on-site rental office offers many choices.
The forerunner to the Saint Lawrence Seaway, the Lachine Canal is a coveted tourism and recreational corridor. Urban explorers, history lovers and watersport enthusiasts will appreciate the diversity of the landscapes and the tranquil beauty of this navigable waterway. Caution: lock on the horizon!
Non-motorized boat owners can obtain a sticker to access canal waters at locks No. 3, 4, and 5 at a cost of $5 (does not include the costs of locking).
You can use the public docks along the canal, including the docks upstream and downstream from the locks, to launch your non-motorized boat.
Parking spaces are available at the Notre-Dame and Saint-Pierre wayside stops.
The pleasures of paddling at Lachine Canal
Recreational rental services
In addition to pleasure boating, the Lachine Canal is a wonderful place to enjoy nautical activities in the heart of the city.
You can rent small craft such as electric boats, pedal boats and kayaks from concessions in the Old Canal sector, Côte-Saint-Paul sector and the Atwater Market sector.
- 22 Dragons: Dragon boat event organization.
- H2O Adventures: Electric boat and non-motorized craft rental.
For your safety
Your boat must be in compliance with Transport Canada’s requirements, and be equipped with all the mandatory safety equipment.
Refer to the Safe Boating Guide to learn more about boat safety.
Maximum speed: 10 kilometres/hour or less (in some places, the watercraft has to slow down so as not to create a wake).
Consult the Historic Canals Regulations (SOR/93-220)