COVID-19 and your visit to the Lachine Canal National Historic Site
The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. In June and July, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of outdoor areas, some camping services, and some indoor areas at national historic sites.
We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places and areas that are closed.
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
We continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, and avalanche control, among others.
Update for July 30, 2020 - Non-medical masks and face coverings
We strongly encourage all visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting indoor public spaces at any Parks Canada place. When you visit a Parks Canada place, you may see signs reminding you that this is what we recommend.
An indoor public space is any space with walls and a roof that can be accessed by the members of the public.
If a Parks Canada place is within a jurisdiction where wearing a non-medical mask or face covering is mandatory, visitors will be asked to follow this requirement.
Important information about your visit to the Lachine Canal National Historic Site
The Lachine Canal National Historic Site banks remains accessible to visitors. We ask the public to follow the advice of public health experts and to practice physical distancing and hygiene measures, limit public gatherings, as well as respect travel restrictions and closures.
The canal and mooring areas between locks Nos. 1 and 3 remain closed since Parks Canada is carrying out work on the locks. Unmarked hazards may exist and aids to navigation may be missing, off-station, or inoperable.
What’s open (updated July 17, 2020)
- Lockage between Lock No.3 and Lock No. 5 (Please consult the hours of operation to plan your visit.);
- Non-motorized nautical activities between Lock No. 3 and Lock No. 5;
- Pedestrian and bicycle access (Lachine Canal path);
- Day-use areas, including green spaces and picnic areas;
- Parking lots;
- Public toilets at Lock No. 5;
- Drinking fountains (except at the Halte Notre-Dame and at the Lien nord).
What’s closed (updated July 17, 2020)
- Lockage and mooring (except between Lock No.3 and Lock No. 5);
- Public toilets (except at Lock No. 5).
Your safety when visiting
Parks Canada wishes to inform users that non-motorized nautical activities, such as kayak, canoe and pedal boat have resumed since June 19 between locks Nos. 3 and 5. Swimming and stand up paddle board are 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.
Starting the first week of August (on July 17 between locks Nos. 3 and 5):
- 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.
It is possible that boat capacity may be considerably reduced and that the waiting time may be increased at lock stations. 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 (two metres from others). 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 and following the necessary hygiene practices.
Major work have to be completed before increasing the water level in locks Nos. 1 and 2.
For more information
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.
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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