Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

Important information about your visit to the Lachine Canal National Historic Site

The 2021 boating season is now underway!

We ask the public to follow the advice of public health experts and to practice physical distancing, hygiene measures and as well as respect travel restrictions and closures.

What’s open (updated May 28, 2021)
  • Lockage and mooring;
  • Day-use areas, including green spaces and picnic areas;
  • Pedestrian and bicycle access (Lachine Canal path);
  • Parking lots;
  • Public toilets (exept at the Lock no.5);
  • Water fountains.
What’s closed (updated May 28, 2021)
  • Public toilets at Lock no.5.
Your safety when visiting

Parks Canada wishes to inform users of the Lachine Canal that swimming is prohibited at all times in the canal. Be careful on the banks of the canal to avoid falls.

Parks Canada is preparing to receive visitors and boaters safely and will respect the standards provided by Transport Canada for Canadian boaters. 

  • Nautical distancing: 2 meters between each boat;
  • No rafting;
  • Touchless locking: boaters will have to tie their boats themselves and stay on boat while locking;
  • Cashless payment preferred;
  • Wearing a mask or face covering that covers the nose and mouth is mandatory during lockage.

It is possible that boat capacity may be considerably reduced and that the waiting time may be increased at lock station. We appreciate your patience and collaboration. 

On the banks, there will be many users sharing the Lachine Canal path – cyclists, pedestrians and in-line skaters will be among them. Parks Canada asks all visitors to follow the advice of public health experts on physical distancing. They must be careful in their choices to avoid injury and minimize any need for emergency response. In addition, we invite them to be courteous and obey the signage to make coexistence between all safer and more harmonious. 

During your visit, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends wearing non-medical masks

For more information 

Infrastructure projects

Parks Canada’s infrastructure program is considered part of the Agency’s critical services to the public. Please consult the Info-Work page for more information on the work in progress at the Lachine Canal. We will continue to communicate if there are any changes in project status or schedule that impact the public.

Stay informed

Parks Canada is working with its partners and the City of Montreal, which analyses the situation as it evolves and follows the recommendations issued by the Direction régionale de santé publique, to keep visitors informed and safe.

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