Discover the magic of boating on waters that were both the forerunner of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the cradle of Canadian industry.
After 5 years of continuous work, the Lachine Canal opened for boating in 2002.
- Downstream entrance: St. Lawrence River, Old Port of Montreal, Alexandra Basin
- Upstream entrance: St. Lawrence River, Lake Saint-Louis, the navigation channel is on the north side of the Marina
- Length: 13.5 kilometres
- Total drop: approximately 14 metres
- Guaranteed draught: 2 metres
- Clearance under bridges: 2.43 metres
- Size of the smallest lock: 49 metres by 12,2 metres
- Number of locks: 5
- Maximum speed: 10 kilometres/hour or less (in some places, the watercraft has to slow down so as not to create a wake)
- Transit time: from 3 to 5 hours
Le Petit Navire
Discovery trips along the Lachine Canal are back! Frequent departures from the Jacques Cartier Wharf in Montréal’s Old Port (Place-d'Armes metro station) and the Atwater Market Wharf (Lionel-Groulx and Charlevoix metro stations), enable visitors to explore the canal from a new perspective.
Get aboard this environmentally friendly, silent vessel and stop off at the Atwater Market where you can enjoy a wide range of culinary delights.
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Kayaking and canoeing
Feel like paddling? Non-motorized boats such as canoes and kayaks are welcome on the canal.
You can bring your own equipment or rent a boat and safety equipment. Users need to get a seasonal permit at locks 3, 4 or 5 at a $5 price (lockage fees are not included).
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.
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.
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)
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, kayaks and sailboats 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.