By bike, on foot or by boat, come and admire the lockage operations and enjoy a family picnic in the Parc les Ateliers. Continue your exploration by strolling through Old Chambly or Old St-Jean. In August, marvel at a sky filled with hot-air balloons – it’s a real treat for the eyes. The Chambly Canal is also a welcoming place in winter when you can practice skating, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.

Free lockage day

This one’s on us!

In 2017, to celebrate Canada 150, Parks Canada offered free admission and welcomed over 27 million visitors to our national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites. What better way to say “thank you” to our visitors than to offer a free admission day?

Admission is already free on Canada Day, but we’re adding another day for you to enjoy your favourite activities without paying any admission fees.

In 2018, we will offer free admission on July 7th .

Chambly Canal, a family experience


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A timelapse of boats coming and out of the locks of the Chambly Canal. [Title: Chambly Canal National Historic Site]

A mother and her children walk with their bikes to an interpretation panel.

Afterward, the family explores the marina.

A Parks Canada employee who activates the door lock crank.

The locks that fill.

A Parks Canada employee who helps a boat owner to moor the ship to cross the locks.

Another employee of Parks Canada activates the crank to open the locks gates.

The family goes for a bike ride on the bike path.

A drawbridge is up to let a boat continue his path.

The family is having a picnic in the shade of a tree.

Children play ball and enjoy an ice cream cone while watching the air balloons that rises in the distance.

A timelapse of the locks a dusk.

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  • Special events

    All summer long, the banks of the Chambly Canal come to life with a fascinating events program fit for the whole family.

  • The canal's path

    The Chambly Canal offers 20 kilometres of exceptional scenery for bike lovers and pedestrians. Linking the cities of Chambly and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, the canal's path is part of the province-wide Route Verte 1. Rest areas are provided where operational locks can be observed.

  • Nautical activities

    Navigating the Chambly Canal offers a relaxing experience for boaters and kayak or canoe enthusiasts. The canal has retained all of its charm of yesteryear with its bridges and crank-operated locks.

  • Fort-Ste-Thérèse National Historic Site

    To permit the French army offensive against the Iroquois nations and to put an end to their attacks, a series of forts was built in 1665 and 1666 at the most strategic spots along the Richelieu River. This set the context for the building of Fort Sainte-Thérèse. Access by foot or by bike.

  • ​Winter activities

    The Chambly Canal is also a welcoming place in winter where you can practice skating, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.

All activities

Bird watching
Cross country skiing
Ice skating
Picnic Area Picnicking
Dog walking
Interpretive trail