The Chambly Canal’s path is over 20 km long. It links the towns of Chambly and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. It is part of the Route Verte no. 1, and therefore the Trans Canada Trail.
What once was a towpath developed for carters and their horses to pull heavy barges packed with merchandise is now a path used by nearly 300 000 visitors each summer.
The canal’s path is maintained from April 15 to November 15. The park is open year round, from sunrise to sunset until 11 p.m.
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Safety and regulations
The Chambly Canal’s path is very safe. It is completely separated from vehicle traffic, with the exception of the portion located on Île Sainte-Thérèse where the path shares the roadway with residential traffic.
Most of the path offers a crushed stone dust surface. Certain asphalted portions are shared by cyclists, in-line skaters, and pedestrians. Courtesy and caution remain the key to a successful experience. All users must respect the maximum speed of 20 km/h at all times.
Pets are welcome as long as they are kept on a leash at all times, do not bother other users, and any trace of their passing is promptly removed.
Consult the Domestic Animals section of the rules on historic canals at Historic Canals Regulations (DORS/93-220).
Cycling and technology
Explore the Richelieu Valley on bicycle following various trails, including the 20 km that go through the Chambly Canal National Historic Site.
Anyone can enjoy a virtual tour of attractions like Fort Chambly and Fort Lennox, thanks to the free application bike etrails developed in cooperation with the Auberge Harris and available on iTunes and Android.
Free wireless Internet is available at the Lock No. 9
To the delight of Richelieu area recreational boaters and waterfront residents, free wireless Internet access has been expanded, with its installation at nearby Alcide-Marcoux park and Place publique du Vieux-Saint-Jean, and extending to Lock No. 9 at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site, courtesy of the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
Wi-Fi is available daily throughout the summer season, from the May long weekend until Thanksgiving. You can now check and send e-mails, surf the Web, watch videos, and chat, all while enjoying the scenery along the canal. No password is required to use this network.