Come enjoy winter at the Chambly Canal national historic site!

With the cold season now here, it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors! This winter, Parks Canada welcomes a local public skating rink at the parc des Ateliers (1840 Bourgogne Av., Chambly).

Parks Canada is pleased to be working with the Municipality of Chambly, who will manage, maintain and supervise the skating rink. The rink will be open to the public as soon as weather permits. A warm-up trailer will be installed near the ice to keep the skaters warm and a parking area will also be available just a stone’s throw of the skating rink.

Parks Canada is making major investments in the Chambly Canal National Historic Site in order to rehabilitate several infrastructure elements of this historic waterway, including retaining walls, locks and walkways. To that end, Parks Canada must lower the water level in the Chambly Canal to allow access to work crews. As a result, sufficient water levels to accommodate skating rinks cannot be guaranteed on the canal this year.

In order for everyone to enjoy the site safely, Parks Canada would like to remind the public that:

  • Out of respect for the environment, as well as for safety reasons, off-road vehicle users must avoid driving a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle on the ice, path or banks of the Chambly Canal, and are asked to remain on the marked trails reserved for this purpose.
  • People must refrain from cutting and collecting wood, including dead wood, along the Chambly Canal. Dead wood left on the ground plays an important role in a forest’s life cycle by providing the soil with rich essential nutrients as the wood decomposes.

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing

a man snowshoeing on the Chambly canal

 

Subject to weather conditions

From November 15 to April 15, although the path along the canal remains accessible, it is neither maintained nor supervised. The local public is invited to enjoy the Chambly Canal National Historic Site during winter. The canal is the perfect place for walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing or for simply taking a few moments to stop and admire the pure whiteness of the landscape to experience a bit of magic. Come visit!