As of June 1, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Find details here.

Starting June 1, 2020

Starting June 1, 2020 the Chambly Canal National Historic Site will offer limited visitor access and basic services.

Visitors will be able to access the following services and facilities:

  • day-use areas, including green spaces and picnic areas;
  • parking lots.

Starting the third week of July 2020 (precise date to come) 

Starting the third week of July 2020, visitors will have access to the following facilities and services:

  • locks;
  • mooring areas;
  • day-use areas, including green spaces and picnic areas;
  • parking lots.

The following accesses and services remain suspended until further notice:

  • public toilets

The water level in the Chambly Canal will be gradually increased starting mid-June, 2020. 

Visiting the Chambly Canal National Historic Site will be different than it has been in the past. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the Chambly Canal website before they travel.

Please consult the information bulletin for more details. 

Work in progress - plan your trips.

Located on the left bank of the Richelieu River southeast of Montreal, the Chambly Canal stretches nearly 20 kilometres between the municipalities of Chambly and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

Eight of its nine locks and a bridge still operate manually. A small paradise for cyclists, boaters and hikers, the Chambly Canal site offers a moment of pure relaxation in an environment carved out by more than a century of history.

Featured things to do

Hours of operation

The national historic site is open every day of the year from sunrise to 11 pm. The navigation season runs from mid-May to mid-October.
Complete schedule


Free site acces. 

Some fees apply for locking and overnight mooring.

Detailed fees list

Sites nearby

  • Fort Chambly National Historic Site

    Roughly 30 kilometres southeast of Montreal, Fort Chambly rises proudly at the foot of the Richelieu River rapids. Built in 1711 to defend the colony, this stone fortification was preceded by three wooden forts.

  • Fort Lennox National Historic Site

    Treat yourself to a stroll through history. First, take the ferry from Saint-Paul-de-l'Île-aux-Noix then, five minutes later, step into the Fort Lennox Garrison. Built between 1819 and 1829, every nook and cranny in this British fortification has been preserved.

  • Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site

    The Coteau-du-Lac site is a natural stop for history lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. As the first fortified lock structure in North America, the canal is the direct ancestor of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

  • Lachine Canal National Historic Site

    A veritable open-air museum, the Lachine Canal recounts the beginnings of industrialization in Montreal. Explore the ingenuity of this 1825 structure. Follow its urban course, sail through the locks by boat, and enjoy an oasis in the city. 

  • La Mauricie National Park

    With its 536 km2 area, La Mauricie National Park is the ideal place for an outdoor escape. Hills, forests and streams are accessible any season of the year.