Parks, locks and attractions along the Lachine Canal

The Lachine Canal National Historic Site is full of places to admire the immensity of the canal's industrial heritage, have a picnic, read a book or simply take the time to contemplate nature in the city. Come and discover, between Lock No. 1 of the Old Port of Montreal and René-Lévesque Park in the Lachine borough, all the parks and attractions that run along the 14 kilometers of the Lachine Canal.

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Locks No. 1 & No. 2

Located in the Old Port of Montréal, Locks Nos. 1 and 2 were the point of entry to the Lachine Canal for ocean going vessels. Visit the Maison des Éclusiers (lock keepers’ house) and head upstairs for a spectacular view of Old Montréal and Silo No. 5.

View from a drone of lock no.1 and no. 2 at the Lachine Canal

Services and points of interest
  • Locks
  • Overnight mooring
  • Interpretive panels
  • Daniel McAllister tugboat
  • Viewpoint

Raceway Bank

This park is located on the south bank of the canal and is reserved for special events. Learn-to-Camp activities and other partner events are held in this green space.

Tents on the Raceway banks at the Lachine Canal
Services and points of interest

Peel Basin Flour Dock

The Peel Basin Flour Dock is a well-kept secret that offers a unique landscape just steps from downtown and Old Montréal, with views of the water, the Five Roses Flour sign, the Montréal skyline, and trains coming and going.

Visitors to the Peel Basin and Farine Five Roses light sign in the background
Services and points of interest

Place des Bassins

Located on the north side of the canal, this green space is the perfect spot for a rest with a superb view of the former Redpath plant.

Two people sitting on red chairs at Place des Bassin on the edge of the Lachine Canal
Services and points of interest
  • Red chairs

Saint-Gabriel Lock

The Saint-Gabriel Lock, also known as Lock No. 3, is located at the Des Seigneurs Bridge in the Sud-Ouest borough. The lock allows ships to be raised or lowered 2.6 metres. Many reminders of important manufacturing companies from the past still remain in the area.

St-Gabriel Lock Open Doors
Services and points of interest
  • Refreshment stands*
  • Restrooms*
  • Picnic tables
  • Red chairs
  • Interpretive panels
  • Lockage*
  • Mooring*

*Services offered in high season only.


North Link Park

Accessible since the fall of 2019, North Link Park connects the Atwater Market and the Saint-Gabriel Lock. There are refreshment stands at Hangar 1825, with rest areas nearby.

View from a drone of the Hangar 1825 and the North Link Park at the Lachine Canalne Canal
Services and points of interest
  • Picnic table
  • Refreshment stands*

*Services offered in high season only. 


Charlevoix Station

Located on the south side of the canal, Charlevoix Station offers a perfect green space for a rest.

Cyclist on the Lachine Canal track, Charlevoix Station area
Services and points of interest
  • Red chairs
  • Picnic tables

Atwater Pole

Atwater Pole is a must-see on the Lachine Canal. Each bank offers several activities and rest areas. Rent a bike or a boat, learn more about this vibrant area’s history, or have a drink on the Canal Lounge canal boat.

Boat moored at the Atwater Pole
Services and points of interest

*Services offered in high season only.


Ancienne-cour-de-triage Park

This vast green space on the south side of the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier Footbridge is ideal for a rest or a picnic.

Two people picnicking in the park of the Ancienne-Cour-de-triage
Services and points of interest

Côte-Saint-Paul Lock

Like the Saint-Gabriel Lock, the Côte-Saint-Paul Lock (or Lock No. 4) allows vessels to be raised or lowered 2.6 metres. Several remnants from industrial days gone by, as well as companies that are still in business, can be found nearby.

Green space at the Côte-Saint-Paul lock
Services and points of interest
  • Refreshment stands*
  • Picnic tables
  • Restrooms*
  • Interpretive panels
  • Lockage*
  • Mooring*

*Services offered in high season only.


Lasalle-Coke Crane Station

Located halfway between Locks Nos. 1 and 5, Lasalle-Coke Crane Station is the perfect place to stop for a little break. The station was named in honour of the old 50 metres offloading tower nearby.

Lasalle-Coke Crane Park Benches
Services and points of interest
  • Parking*
  • Refreshment stands*
  • Picnic tables
  • Restrooms

*Services offered in high season only.


Gauron-Lafleur Station

Green space at the foot of the iconic Gauron and Lafleur bridges.

Picnic tables and bike path at the Gauron-Lafleur Station
Services and points of interest
  • Parking
  • Picnic tables

Dollier-de-Casson Park

On the south bank of the canal, Dollier-de-Casson Park is an excellent place to relax and enjoy nature.

Bike path and picnic table at Dollier-de-casson Park
Services and points of interest
  • Parking
  • Picnic tables

Lachine Lock

The Lachine Lock, also known as Lock No. 5, is the gateway for ships entering from Lake St. Louis. This is a quiet spot, with several activities close by in the boroughs of Lachine and LaSalle.

Drone view of boats waiting in the Lachine Lock
Services and points of interest

*Services offered in high season only.


Père Marquette Promenade

Located on a peninsula, this beautiful 1.4 km boardwalk boasts a magnificent view of the St. Lawrence River and the old canal. The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site shows the importance of this site in the time of New France.

Cycle path in the Promenade Père Marquette Park
Services and points of interest
  • Refreshment stands*
  • Restrooms*
  • Picnic tables
  • Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site
  • Works of art
  • Viewpoint

*Services offered in high season only.


René-Lévesque Park

This park also offers a superb view of the St. Lawrence River. Discover a collection of over 50 works of art at the Musée plein air de Lachine, one of the largest outdoor sculpture galleries in Canada. This park is managed by the City of Montréal.

La pierre et le feu, by Jean-Pierre Morin, installed in René-Levesque Park in the Lachine borough.
La pierre et le feu, by Jean-Pierre Morin. © Courtesy of the borough of Lachine.
Services and points of interest
  • Refreshment stands*
  • Restrooms*
  • Picnic tables
  • Parking
  • Viewpoint

*Services offered in high season only.