Please note that in accordance to the sanitary standards, the COVID-19 Vaccination passport is mandatory to participate to the activity. Thank you for your collaboration.

Learn-to Paddle

From June 25 to September 26, 2021, Parks Canada welcomes you to Hangar 1825 of the Lachine Canal for a free introduction to paddle sports.

Parks Canada certified instructors will teach you the basics of canoeing. This activity, accessible to all, will allow you to familiarize yourself with that watercraft in a safe environment. 

Activity overview

What we will teach you

  • Basic canoe techniques
  • How to control a canoe in calm waters
  • Safety rules

Equipment provided

  • Canoe and paddle
  • Personal floatation device

Reservation Learn-to Paddle

Learn-to Paddle activitie takes place every weekend of September, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The activity lasts about 1.5 hours, including 30 minutes of theory on shore. Book your place online now! 

Places are regularly added: come back on our website to look for new availability. Visiting the Hangar 1825? Ask us if there is a free place. For any information, call us at 514-240-8693.

Book now!*

*Parks Canada reserves the right to cancel the event for the safety of all due to weather conditions. Notice to latecomers: if you arrive late, your seat will be released. Only one participation per person is allowed.

Booking conditions

  • Groups must be composed of 2 people who are able to paddle, including a responsible adult. Children 10 years and older can be considered as 2nd paddler.
  • 3 adults per canoe, or 2 adults and 2 children.
  • Minimum age required: 5 years and older.
  • One family bubble per canoe.
  • Learn-to Paddle is aimed at beginners with little or no experience, a good physical condition is necessary to paddle properly.
  • The activity is not recommended for people who can't swim and/or are afraid of water.
  • The activity is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
  • Animals are not allowed in the canoes.

Additional information

  • Please arrive 5 minutes before the activity starts. 
  • You must bring your own water bottle, hat, sunscreen and snacks.
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Restrooms, refreshment stands and picnic tables are available near the Saint-Gabriel Lock.
  • Attention cyclists: bike racks are available for participants. Bring your own lock.
Learn-to Paddle Map

To get to Learn-to Paddle activity by public transportation or by car, follow these Google directions. Parking is available on nearby streets. Then, walk to meet the Parks Canada paddling team at Hangar 1825.

Questions? Call us at 514 240-8693.




You already know how to canoe and kayak?

It is possible to bring your own equipment or to rent boat at the canal. See the Canoes and Kayaks page for more details.