Broadcasted April 11, 2018 

Parks Canada and Lachine borough update on the closing of the Old Canal and sidewalk of Saint-Joseph Boulevard between 18th and 21st Avenues

For several weeks, the Old Canal of Lachine and surrounding areas have been closed for preventive reasons between 18th and 21st Avenues. A fence was installed along the site and the sidewalk on the south side of Saint-Joseph Boulevard in order to temporarily prevent access by pedestrians and maintenance crews. In addition, boarding recreational boats will not permitted in this part of the Old canal. Floating safety barriers were installed under the bridges defining this sector from east to west. Automobile traffic on Saint-Joseph Boulevard is not affected by these measures. The bridges spanning the canal, as well as the Promenade Père-Marquette are open and safe for both pedestrians and cyclists.

The decision to temporarily close the area bordering the canal in this sector was taken by Parks Canada for preventive reasons after observing signs of movement in a section of the Old Canal wall. Although additional repairs are planned for October 2018. The priority at this time is to secure the sector and prohibit access. The Borough of Lachine and Parks Canada continue to collaborate on this matter to ensure the safety and well-being of users.

For more detail, go to Info-work - Plan your commute page.


Broadcasted November 17, 2017 

Week of November 20, 2017: Temporary Closure of the Atwater Bridge

Parks Canada wishes to inform you that the Atwater Footbridge will be closed for a period of five (5) days during the week of November 20, 2017.

An integral part of the Canal for over thirty years, the Atwater Footbridge is one of the busiest crossings on the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. In order to extend its utility and provide access to the thousands of visitors who use it every year, the footbridge will be undergoing rehabilitation work in the coming years. In order to adequately prepare for the upcoming work, drilling will be carried out on the structure during the week of November 20, 2017, requiring its temporary closure for approximately five (5) days. Once samples are taken, the footbridge will be accessible again and can be used safely.

Parks Canada has planned the work to minimize impacts on visitors by performing them outside of standard operations and maintenance periods at Lachine Canal National Historic Site.
Street detours via Charlevoix and Bridge Street will be proposed and posted near the North and South accesses to the footbridge to facilitate the movement of pedestrians and cyclists during this period.

Please note that the drilling schedule may vary slightly depending on weather conditions.

south acces detour
South Access Detour
north access detour
North Access Detour


Broadcasted October 4, 2017

Temporary closure of canal banks and pathway Lachine Canal national historic site

Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that from October 2017 until December 2019, certain areas of the Lachine Canal banks, including the pathway, will be temporarily closed to allow the completion of various rehabilitation work projects.

Southwest Sector: rehabilitation of retaining walls

Starting in late September 2017, there will be a closure of the north side of the Lachine Canal, between the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier Footbridge and Lock No. 4 (also called the Côte-Saint-Paul Lock). This temporary closure will remain in effect until December 2019 and is necessary for the rehabilitation of the canal’s retaining walls. This work includes moving Hydro-Québec poles and the removal of vegetation. While this work is being done, bank and pathway users are encouraged to use the south side of the Canal by crossing over the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier footbridge (Beaudoin Street) to the east and the temporary bridge installed at lock No. 4 to the west. Signage with the detour map are installed along the perimeter of the worksite.

Southwest, LaSalle and Lachine sectors: rehabilitation of the lighting system and of retaining walls

At the beginning of October 2017, Parks Canada will begin rehabilitation of the Canal pathway lighting system, between the Côte-Saint-Paul Bridge (located under Highway 15) in the Southwest and du Musée Road in Lachine. The work will continue until spring 2018 and will require a full or partial pathway closure in this area. While work is in progress, pathway users are encouraged to use the municipal bike path network and other safe alternative routes.
In addition, from October 2017 until April 2018, Parks Canada will be doing rehabilitation work on the retaining walls between the Monk Bridge in the Southwest and the Notre-Dame Footbridge (to the west of Irwin Street) in LaSalle. This work involves at times a detour from the path along the edge of the usual route.

The safety of workers and the public is Parks Canada’s top priority. We ask everyone to exercise caution and to adapt their movements in a safe manner by respecting signage and using the detours in place or the municipal bike path network.

Parks Canada is committed to the sustainability of historic canals and is investing more than 170 million dollars over five years at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. This work is part of the unprecedented 3 billion dollars Parks Canada is investing over five years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. These investments represent the largest federal infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada.

Through infrastructure investments, Parks Canada is protecting and preserving our treasured places while supporting local economies, contributing to growth in the tourism sector, and strengthening their appeal as destinations to celebrate our nation.


Broadcasted June 20, 2017


Workers with orange vest working on a big wall

Rehabilitation of the walls of the Lachine Canal in the Sud-Ouest borough

Parks Canada will shortly begin major rehabilitation work on the walls of the Lachine Canal located in the Sud-Ouest borough. This work is being done in order to ensure the sustainability of these structures that are necessary for navigation in the Canal and for the rich and varied activities offered along the banks, and also to ensure a safe and quality visit experience for users.

Upstream of the Des Seigneurs bridge

Beginning in the month of August 2017, a section of about 680 meters of wall will be replaced upstream of the Des Seigneurs bridge on the south side of the canal, and between Dominion and George-Vanier Streets on the north side. This work will result in a slight re-routing of the canal path until December 2017 (see the map below).
Work are road map

Between Lock No. 4 and the Sir George-Étienne Cartier footbridge

Work will also be done between Lock No. 4 (also called the Côte-Saint-Paul lock) and the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier footbridge and will include the removal of vegetation, the relocation of Hydro-Québec poles, the excavation of soil and the rehabilitation of the canal walls.

Extending over a 28 month period, this major project was initiated in July 2017 with the removal of vegetation at targeted locations along the Canal and will continue in August with the relocation of the electrical line by Hydro-Québec. Impediments are to be expected near the work zones.

Next, starting in October 2017, rehabilitation work will begin on a 915 metre section of the wall, which will require the complete closure of a northern portion of the canal path located between Lock No. 4 and the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier footbridge until December 2019. Access to the path and the south side of this portion will be made possible by the temporary footbridge installed at Lock No. 4. Users of the path in this sector will have to follow the temporary track to continue moving about normally on the path.

More details on this work will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Parks Canada has planned this work so as to minimize the impact on all users and residents and asks everyone to make allowances and exercise caution in addition to complying with the temporary signage.

Broadcasted May 8, 2017 

[UPDATE] Construction of the Lachine Canal Bridge by KPH Turcot : temporary reopening of the south side of the Lachine Canal path until July 2017

To allow the beams of the future Lachine Canal Bridge to be installed above the canal, KPH Turcot must direct the users of the Lachine Canal toward the path located on the south side of the Lachine Canal, which will be temporarily reopened until July 2017.

During this period, occasional night closures, between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., will be required in order to carry out work in the Saint-Patrick Street area. While these obstructions are in place, cyclists and pedestrians will be invited to use the sidewalk on the south side of Saint-Patrick Street, between Cabot Street and Avenue de l’Église

Streetmap of Chemin Cote-Saint-Paul showing the previously explained detour.

Various measures will be put in place by KPH Turcot to ensure the flow of traffic and the safety of users in the area as the work site progresses. Users are asked to exercise caution and follow the routes proposed by the signage.

For more information on this work, please contact the Turcot Project team at 514-873-1372 or turcot.commentaires@transports.gouv.qc.ca or consult www.turcot.gouv.qc.ca/en/ 


Broadcasted March 20, 2017 

Canadian National work and detours on the Lachine Canal’s path

Starting the week of March 20, 2017, Canadian National (CN) will begin work under the railway bridge crossing the Lachine Canal to the east of Wellington Street. The objective of this work is to repair the subsidence located behind the bridge abutments on each side of the canal.

This work will require the closing of the north and south sections of the Lachine Canal’s path under the railway bridge. Detours will be put in place by the CN to maintain the flow of traffic.

The work is expected to be spread over a period of four to six weeks and be completed by mid-May 2017. All users are asked to exercise caution and to follow the routes indicated by the signage.

For any questions about this project, please contact the CN at 1-888-888-5909.


Broadcasted March 10, 2017 

Vegetation clearing in and near the Lachine Canal’s walls

Preparatory work for repairs on the Lachine Canal walls to start.

Parks Canada will begin to clear vegetation from the retaining walls on the north and south sides of the Lachine Canal, between the Gauron and Lafleur bridges and the Des Seigneurs Bridge. The removal of the vegetation will allow for necessary repairs on the canal walls to ensure the long-term preservation of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site.

Walls of the Lachine Canal Major repairs have been carried out on the walls of the Lachine Canal, and more work is planned for the next few years.
© Parks Canada

The retaining walls are representative elements of the canal’s development and construction techniques used over the course of a century. They are also a necessary asset for navigational purposes and to support the rich and diversified activities offered along the banks of the Lachine Canal.

The tree cover along the Lachine Canal and the abundant greenery in and along the retaining walls has grown considerably over the past few years, and is impeding their safeguarding and maintenance. To protect the retaining walls and enable repairs over the next few years, Parks Canada will begin removing the vegetation in specific areas of the Lachine Canal.

As part of this work, several ash trees affected by the invasive emerald ash borer will also be removed. Parks Canada is working with stakeholders, including local boroughs, taking necessary action to prevent the emerald ash borer infestation from spreading and to ensure the protection of the environment and the public, while continuing to identify the best possible solutions to control the spread of this insect.

Parks Canada is working on developing an action plan to ensure the long-term maintenance of the vegetation cover at the Lachine Canal, to preserve the canal’s natural beauty while protecting the historic integrity of this exceptional site. In this regard, mitigation measures, which may include planting trees in suitable locations, will be put in place once the walls have been repaired, to limit the environmental impacts of this work.

The clearing of the vegetation will begin in March 2017 and will take several weeks. It will be performed outside the nesting periods of migratory birds. The Lachine Canal’s path may at times be obstructed because of the work and all work areas will be marked off with traffic cones. Parks Canada asks everyone to exercise caution and to obey the temporary signage.


Broadcasted January 27, 2017 

Parks Canada is undertaking work on the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier footbridge at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Temporary closure of the footbridge planned for February 2017

Work will be undertaken on the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier footbridge at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site to ensure its sustainability, while guaranteeing a quality and safe visitor experience to the users of the Lachine Canal. Included in the work is the rehabilitation of the deck, the expansion joints and the abutments, as well as the cleaning and painting of the steel structure.

The Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier footbridge at the Lachine Canal The Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier footbridge at the Lachine Canal
© Parks Canada

This important project, which will last about 12 weeks, will begin in February and will require the complete closure of the footbridge until early May 2017. Parks Canada will install a temporary footbridge near Lock No. 4, to ensure continued access from one side of the canal to the other in this sector while the work is ongoing.

Parks Canada has planned this work, during the winter and early spring months, so as to minimize the impact on all users and residents. The public is asked to exercise patience and caution in addition to respecting the temporary signage.

Parks Canada is committed to the sustainability of historic canals and nearby communities and is investing more than $173 million over five years at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. The projects completed as part of this investment will ensure the quality and reliability of visitor facilities, helping Canadians to connect with our natural and cultural heritage, while supporting the regional economy and contributing to the growth of the tourism sector over the long-term.

Detour and temporary footbridge

Detour and temporary footbridge during the work at the Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier footbridge at the Lachine Canal © Parks Canada / Map data © 2017 Google

Broadcasted November 21, 2016

Work by the City of Montréal on Saint-Patrick Street

The City of Montréal is working on rebuilding a sewer pipe and water mains, along with road and lighting infrastructures on Saint-Patrick Street between Charlevoix Street and Atwater Avenue until November 2017.

This work will result in partial obstructions and closures of stretches of Saint-Patrick Street, as well as the reconfiguration of the Lachine Canal’s path in the area near Charlevoix Street. Deviations of the path are to be expected.

Various measures have been put in place to ensure the flow of traffic in the area as the work site progresses. The City of Montréal asks users to exercise caution and to follow the optional routes and detours indicated by the signage.

For any question on this work, please phone the Info-Travaux Hotline at 514-872-3777. When planning your travels, please consult http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/chantiers (in French only) or follow the www.twitter.com/Mtl_Circulation.


Broadcasted November 21, 2016 

Repair work on the retaining walls, Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Work has begun on the retaining walls located on the south side of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, between Monk Bridge and Irwin Street, and between Léger and Lapierre streets. The purpose of this work is to repair and replace sections of the retaining walls to ensure the preservation of this heritage asset. Work will continue until the end of March 2017.

Parks Canada is carrying out work on the Lachine Canal’s retaining walls Parks Canada is carrying out work on the Lachine Canal’s retaining walls
© Parks Canada
Workers on the Lachine Canal’s retaining walls
Other workers on the Lachine Canal’s retaining walls

The retaining walls are representative elements of the canal’s development and construction techniques used over the course of a century and are essential to its overall structure, as they hold back the weight of the earth and protect the banks. They are also a necessary asset for both navigational purposes and to support the rich and diversified activities offered along the banks.

This work will require the removal of approximately twenty trees, most of which are ash trees affected by the invasive emerald ash borer. These trees are located along the walls, in areas where the repairs are being carried out, and pose a threat to the long-term preservation of the canal walls.

Parks Canada will remove vegetation in a targeted manner, ensuring the preservation of trees of ecological value, as well as maintaining those that are located away from work area and of no threat to the walls. Mitigation measures for maintaining vegetation cover at the Lachine Canal, such as the planting of new trees at locations deemed appropriate, will be implemented to reduce the environmental impact of this work. In this way, Parks Canada is working to preserve the natural beauty of the canal while protecting the historical integrity of this exceptional site.

Parks Canada is investing more than $173 million over five years in the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, as part of its $3 billion infrastructure investment to support national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas. This major investment will make it possible to upgrade numerous structural elements of the waterway, ensuring a safe and high-quality experience for the more than one million people who visit the site each year, while supporting local economies and contributing to the growth of the tourism industry.


Broadcasted October 7, 2016

Work on the LaSalle-Coke Crane, Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Parks Canada is carrying out work on the LaSalle-Coke Crane, located on the south side of the Lachine Canal, near Trinitaires Boulevard in LaSalle. The purpose of this work is to improve the condition and stability of this historic structure, with the aim of increasing its life span.

The LaSalle-Coke on the shore of the Lachine Canal Today, the LaSalle-Coke Crane is the only remnant of a structure used for the unloading of ships still present along the Lachine Canal

As a first step, work will begin with dismantling of the electromechanical equipment cabins, which will lighten the crane to maintain it in a safe condition. This work will begin in October 2016 and is expected to be complete in November 2016. During this process, on occasion barriers may be placed on Saint-Patrick Street and Parks Canada asks the public to exercise patience and caution, in addition to respecting temporary signage in place.

Once the work of removing the excess weight is completed, Parks Canada will then analyze the structure’s condition to determine and plan the required next steps in this project. More information will be provided in due course.

A major landmark of the Lachine Canal’s landscape, the LaSalle-Coke Crane was used by LaSalle Gas Works for its manufactured gas production plant. Built around 1914, this steel structure was used to unload the coal that was used to power the plant. Operational until 1967, the LaSalle-Coke Crane is one of the last structures from the commercial-shipping period of the industries of the Lachine Canal and is one of the last remaining examples of coal-unloading cranes in Canada and around the world.


Broadcasted March, 2016

Construction of the Lachine Canal Bridge by KPH Turcot

Construction of the Lachine Canal Bridge’s foundations will begin this spring. The work will be carried out by KPH Turcot as part of the reconstruction work of the Turcot Interchange. This major project will require the closure of the southern (March 2016) and northern (Fall 2016) sections of the Lachine Canal’s path situated under Autoroute 15.

As of March 14, 2016, the section of the path located between Côte-Saint-Paul Bridge and Eadie Street will be inaccessible. Pedestrians and cyclists will be invited to use the George-Étienne-Cartier Footbridge to access the path on the north side of the Lachine Canal.

Detour: construction of the Lachine Canal bridge
Download the plan of the detour of the Lachine Canal bridge
(PDF 361 Kb)

As of Fall 2016, the section of the path located on the north side will also be closed. A detour will be put in place on the asphalt strip located at the north of the chemin de la Côte-Saint-Paul.

This important work will result in the deviation of the Lachine Canal’s path until 2019.

Various measures will be put in place by KPH Turcot to ensure the flow of traffic and the safety of users in the area as the work site progresses. Users are asked to exercise caution and follow the routes proposed by the signage.

For more information on this work, please contact the Turcot Project team at 514-873-1372 or turcot.commentaires@mtq.gouv.qc.ca, or consult www.turcot.gouv.qc.ca.


Broadcasted June 25, 2015 

Work by the City of Montréal on the structure of the Bonaventure Expressway

The City of Montréal is continuing its work on the northern portion of the Bonaventure Expressway, resulting in a deviation of the portion of the Lachine Canal path which is located on de la Commune Street, under the Bonaventure Expressway, from July to November 2015 and 2016.

Various measures have been put in place to ensure the flow of traffic in the area as the work site progresses. The City of Montréal asks users to exercise caution and to follow the optional routes proposed by the signage.

When planning your travels, please consult http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/chantiers and communicate with the Info-Travaux Hotline for any and all questions at 514-872-3777 or 311 or info-travaux@ville.montreal.qc.ca

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