Conferences about Chambly canal history

This fall, to mark the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Chambly Canal to commercial navigation, Parks Canada, in conjunction with the Société d’histoire de la Seigneurie de Chambly (SHSC) and the Société d’histoire du Haut-Richelieu (SHHR), will be presenting a series of three lectures on the fascinating history of this waterway.

Archéologue creusant un trou
Fort Ste-Thérèse archaeological digs 

1. Archeological potential of the banks of the Richelieu River and Chambly Canal

  • Sunday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m., Pauline Casavant Room, 99 Lussier St., St-Mathias-sur-Richelieu
  • Tuesday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m., Société d'histoire du Haut-Richelieu (SHHR), 203 Jacques Cartier St. North, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

The lecturer will give an overview of archeological knowledge and talk about the paleohistoric sites on the banks of the Chambly basin and recent archeological activities on the banks of the Richelieu River and Chambly Canal.

2. Chambly Canal: between evolution and conservation
Photo d'époque, vu aérienne de Chambly
Chambly area, circa 1960.
  • Sunday, October 14 at 1:00 p.m., Chalet Florence Viens room, 900 Des Oblats St., City of Richelieu
  • Tuesday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m., Société d’histoire du Haut-Richelieu (SHHR), 203 Jacques Cartier St. North, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

From commercial to recreational navigation, the Chambly Canal has served the same purpose since it first opened 175 years ago: being an operational waterway. This can be a complex undertaking for a heritage site that continues to evolve today.

travailleurs creusant le canal à la pelle
Construction of a wharf in the Saint-Jean sector, 1931. 
3. A canal on the Richelieu or a bypass between Haut-Richelieu and Montreal’s South Shore?
  • Sunday, November 18 at 1:00 p.m., Centre multifonctionnel, 1555 De l’École St., City of Carignan
  • Tuesday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m., Société d’histoire du Haut-Richelieu (SHHR), 203 Jacques Cartier St. North, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

Alain Gelly will be talking about various projects, from the 1818 initiative to the controversial projects of John Young to the 1940 push by the United States to have a seaway built. By outlining the arguments for and against the various projects as made by proponents and opponents alike, the lecture will illustrate the complexity of the regional interests at play.


July 22 and October 14

MEC Run Take the challenge!

Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) has a challenge in store for you: line up in the Chambly Canal’s Parc des Ateliers for a 5 km, 10 km, or 21.1 km run, as well as a 42.2 km marathon on October 14.

Open to all categories of runners, from beginners to elite, this event will enable you to discover the Chambly Canal in all its glory.

If you’re up for the challenge, register on the MEC Website!

Past events

Quebec's National Holiday / Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day

June 24

Outdoor show in a Chambly's park

Parks Canada is proud to be hosting the Quebec's National Holiday, organized by the City of Chambly. The activities will be held at the Chambly Canal’s Parc des Ateliers on June 24th.

Joins us at 4 p.m. with friends and family to enjoy various outdoor activities such as bungee trampoline, mini putting, inflatable games, and much more. 

The festivities will continue throughout the evening, with several music shows starting at 6 p.m. as well as the rising of the flag later on. The fun evening will end with a fire show, where talented artists will make the fire flames dance to the rhythm of the music. 

For further information regarding the festivities, take a look at Chambly Quebec's National Holiday website (in French only).

Canada Day

Canada Day
Canada Day at parc des Ateliers
© Royal Canadian Legion, Arras 34 Chambly

July 1st

The Canada Day festivities will bring the Vieux-Saint-Jean and Chambly Canal’s Parc des Ateliers to life.

At the Parc des Ateliers, the Royal Canadian Legion Arras 34 invites the public to take part in family activities and to attend a parade as well as an official flag-raising ceremony.

In Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, enjoy entertainment for the whole family, attend the flag-raising, and cap off your evening taking in the fireworks, courtesy of the Fêtons le Canada committee.

Come celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Chambly Canal
July 7, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Parks Canada mascot and Chambly canal locks
Parka invites you to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Chambly Canal

To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Chambly Canal to navigation, Parks Canada invites the public to take advantage of free activities on July 7 at the new Place des barges, located at the corner of Maurice and Migneault Streets in Chambly, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The celebration of the 175th anniversary of the canal includes a special program of activities and a fascinating trip back in time. This festive day will allow visitors to discover, or re discover this place, which is emblematic of the Richelieu Valley and the profession of lockmaster, as it is today and as it was in the past.

  • Historical guided tour: from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;

  • Lockmaster for a Day activity: Challenges and games of skills;

  • Inflatable game, photo booth in period costumes, drawing and crafts, games and more;

  • Visit from Parka, the popular mascot; and

  • Exhibition of period photographs.

Demi-Marathon de la bande du Canal

Friday, July 13

The Demi-Marathon de la Bande du Canal run is a walking or running challenge that allows you to enjoy a festive atmosphere with entertainment, music, photographers and post-race meals. Races of 5 km, 10 km or 21.1 km are proposed. The start will be given at the Parc des Atelier.
Check the event website to register and more information. (French only)

Chambly’s multicultural festival

Chambly multicultural festival
Photo credit : Frederic Blanchet

On July 6, 7 and 8, the Bourgogne Avenue Multiculturelle (BAM) organization will host the 8th edition of the Multicultural Festival of Chambly. The festivities will take place on De Bourgogne Avenue, between boulevard Fréchette and Maurice street.

Visitors and citizens of Chambly will have access to many free activities inspired by the Celebrate Together theme.

For further information regarding the festivities, take a look at the Facebook page’s event (in French only)

La Série du Canal

Les Amis du canal de Chambly presents La série du Canal, a friendly 5-kilometer race series for all types of joggers in the region.
Departures are from Lock 9, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

2018 Calendar

  • June 12
  • July 3
  • July 17
  • August 7

For all the details and registration, go to the website of Les amis du canal de Chambly. (French only)

Sur l’air de Chambly

Outdoor shows at Parc des Ateliers Outdoor shows at Parc des Ateliers

Every Wednesday from June 29 to August 10, the City of Chambly, in conjunction with Parks Canada, invites families to the Sur l’air de Chambly concert series in the Chambly Canal’s Parc des Ateliers.

Don’t miss the latest artists performing outdoors at the Chamby Canal’s locks 1, 2 and 3 in a unique festive atmosphere. Be there early!

  • June 27: Annie Villeneuve
  • July 4: The Lost Fingers
  • July 11: Andrea Lindsay
  • July 18: Debbie Lynch-White
  • July 25: Jérôme Couture
  • August 1: Fanny Bloom
  • August 8: Rumba

Go to City of Chambly’s website for more information (in French only).

Archeology month: Discover the Chambly Canal and the Fort-Sainte-Thérèse National Historic Sites

Map of forts from 1655 situated along the Richelieu River.
Map of forts from 1655 situated along the Richelieu River.

Every Sunday in August, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Throughout all of Archeology month in August, Les Amis du canal de Chambly invites curious people of all ages to discover the secrets of the Chambly Canal and the Fort Sainte-Thérèse National Historic Sites. This is the perfect occasion for learning about our history while having some well-deserved family fun!

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., archeology and history experts are offering guided visits. No pre-registration is required. Simply arrive at the direct entrance on-site (Île Fryer), which is accessible by foot or by bike. Parking is available near Pont 9 and CheminChemin Sainte-Thérèse (Rte 223).

For more information: 450-658-9167.

On August 4 and 5, don’t miss the Parks Canada team at Chambly Canal Lock 9 to launch Archeology Month in good company!

Bières et saveurs de Chambly

A glass with orange liquid and minth leaves and a straw on top.
@Festival Bières et saveurs de Chambly

August 31 to September 3, 2018

The greatest brewing gathering in Quebec, Bières et Saveurs de Chambly’s festival is committed to be a showcase and a development vector for local microbreweries, vineyards, cider works and producers. Each year, for 4 days, 60 000 visitors gather at Fort Chambly National Historic Site, near the Chambly Canal, to discover the products of over 110 exhibitors from all across Quebec. Music shows, a circus scene, cooking demonstrations, conferences and the renowned Grande Brasse, lead by Jeff Boudreault, make Bières et Saveurs de Chambly an absolute must in terms of late summer festivals.


Défi Je bouge

Défi Je bouge
© Défi Je bouge
September 9

In a festive atmosphere, the Défi Je Bouge (only in French) offers three types of challenges: a 5, 10 or 21,1K run recognized by the Quebec Athletic Federation (Fédération québécoise d’athlétisme), a 5 or 10K walk and a 20K bike ride for the whole family.

A 1K run is also organized for children as well as a 1 km walk for persons with mobility impairment.