Travel the Canal from one end to the other!
Did you know? The canal’s path was ranked the third most beautiful urban circuit in the world by Time magazine in 2009.
The Lachine Canal’s path was opened in 1977, making it one of the oldest such paths in the Montreal area. It is also one of the most popular because of its superb green spaces.
Located in the heart of the bicycle network in the South-West sector of the island of Montreal, it follows the canal for 14.5 km, from the
Bonaventure Expressway west of the Old Port to Chemin du Musée in Lachine.
This excursion is accessible to all since the route is flat. Experienced cyclists can travel from one end of the path to another in an hour.
The path is maintained from April 15 to November 15 and the park is open year round from dawn to 11:00 p.m. As soon as snow conditions permit, cross-country skiers can use the canal corridor for skiing, although the trail is not maintained or mechanically groomed.
Cycling on one of the world’s most beautiful routes!
Punctuated by green spaces, skyscrapers and centuries-old buildings, this spectacular trail will appeal to both real and would-be athletes on two wheels. Experienced cyclists can travel from one end of the canal to the other - from the Old Port to Lachine - in about 60 minutes.
But why hurry? Along the way at the Atwater Market a profusion of fresh food and produce will delight foodies. For a taste of the exotic, stop at Lunches du Canal - food trucks parked along the navigable waterway offering creative cuisine with typically multi-cultural Montreal flavours.
Travelling along the Lachine Canal path is riding through a mosaic of landscapes that reveal Montréal’s unique and dynamic character.
Bike rental service
The bike rental and repair service, Mybicyclette, is just steps from the Atwater Market.
Safety and regulations
The cyclist and pedestrian paths along the Lachine Canal are very safe. They are completely separated from car traffic, cross only one street along their entire length, and are lighted at night. Signs and maps make it easy for visitors to find their way. Nevertheless, courtesy and caution are the keys to a successful outing.
The paved path is shared by cyclists, in-line skaters, and walkers. The maximum speed limit is 20 km/h.
Power-assisted bicycles or electric bicycles equipped with a running board, an open frame or a flat floor, commonly referred to as electric scooter, are prohibited on the path.
Domestic animals are welcome as long as they are: kept on a leash, don't disturb other users, and that any trace of their passing are promptly erased. Consult the Domestic Animals section of the Historic Canals Regulations (SOR/93-220).
Please note that Lachine Borough regulations concerning dogs apply on the Promenade Père-Marquette and Monk Island.
For security reasons, ice-skating is forbidden on the Lachine.