From mid-May to mid-October

2 kayaks on Lachine canal with a sweet view of Montreal.

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).


Boat launch

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.

Information: 514-595-6594

The pleasures of paddling at Lachine Canal

Transcript Logo of Parks Canada. Image of a kayak with life jacket in the background Image of kayaks and pedalos attached to the docks of the Lachine Canal Ladies on the dock with paddles in their hands A woman leaves the dock in her kayak A lady navigates on her kayak Closeup of the interior of a boat and the canal in the background Image of children in a canoe People navigating on their kayaks on the Lachine Canal Logo of Parks Canada Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada represented by Parks Canada, 2016 Logo of Gouvernement of Canada

Recreational rental services

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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.


For your safety

Your boat must be in compliance with Transport Canada’s requirements, and be equipped with all the mandatory safety equipment.

For health and safety reasons, “primary contact” activities, such as SUP or paddle boarding, surfing, sailboarding, and underwater diving, are prohibited.

Refer to the Safe Boating Guide to learn more about boat safety.

Nautical regulations

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)