2019

Construction is in full swing!

CHAMBLY, Quebec, December 2, 2019 – The cold weather has arrived, and Parks Canada is working hard to complete several infrastructure projects along the 14 kilometers of the Chambly Canal National Historic Site between Chambly and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. 

To help you keep track, we are providing an overview of the current and future work to be completed along the canal before the next navigation season begins. Hats off to the project teams who are carrying out repairs on site, and also to those hard at work behind their desks to make sure that no detail is overlooked and that all goes smoothly! 

Lock no. 1 at the Chambly canal
Fish rescue operation at Lock No 1

In Chambly – focus is on the locks and the jetty

Work on Lock Nos. 1, 2 and 3 began in November and is scheduled to be completed in late April 2020. The planned work on the locks includes replacing the masonry joints, repairing earth walls and valves, replacing gate valves, cleaning and restoring portions of wooden gates. Various pieces within the locks will also be cleaned and repainted. The area of the Superintendent’s house will be used by the contractor as a mobilization site, however the path will remain accessible to the public while the work is being done.

To ensure visitor safety, the work zones are surrounded by fences and the site is inaccessible to users.

Workers on the jetty

Federal Wharf – on track for summer 2020

The work on the Federal Wharf will pick up speed this fall to ensure that everything is completed before the Christmas holidays! In the coming weeks, the contractor will finish the concrete work on the walls, planters and slabs and install the street light bases and necessary electrical wiring. In the spring, street furniture will be installed, street lights will be hooked up and work will be completed on the access path in time for the opening of the wharf. Looking forward to seeing the final result? So are we!

Heavy equipment on the dike

In Carignan – work is ramping up on the dike

Major rehabilitation work is being carried out between Lock No. 8 and Bridge No. 7 in Carignan. For the past several weeks, work on the dike has consisted of clearing the trees and shrubs growing along the federal property. Excavation and reconstruction work on the upstream slope (canal side) and partial excavation work in the existing bottom of the canal will soon begin. For the downstream slope (ditch side), there are plans to install a stabilizing berm in some areas and to reprofile and fill the downstream ditch with a granular material coated with geotextile. The contractor is working section by section, from west to east, and is progressing on schedule. The purpose of this work, slated for completion in May 2020, is to improve the dike’s drainage and stability and ensure its sustainability. 

Bridge No. 7 in Carignan

Rehabilitation of Bridge No. 7 – visitors to exercise caution on the temporary bridge

Parks Canada is sensitive to its users’ needs and has made significant efforts since construction began to minimize negative impacts on users of the bridge. In this respect, many changes have been made to signage, lighting and the grading of the approaches to ease the crossing of all vehicles over the temporary bridge. The work is progressing well and will be completed in the spring. 

Bridge No 10 in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu

In Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu – Bridge No. 10 to reopen in time for Christmas!

Bridge No. 10 is scheduled to reopen by December 20, making it accessible just in time for Christmas! The repair work on the bridge, which is intended to extend its useful life and ensure user safety, is progressing well and in accordance with the schedule agreed upon with the contractor. 

Parks Canada would like to thank all of the users, and the residents of Sainte-Thérèse Island in particular, for their patience and generous collaboration over the course of this project. 

Works at Lock No.9

Lock No. 9 – a return to manual operation

The other eight locks on the Chambly Canal have always been manually operated, so it was only logical, when reflecting on the rehabilitation work to be done on Lock No. 9, for our teams to think of removing the hydraulic mechanism and replacing it with a manual mechanism. Not only is the historical integrity of the sector and the canal as a whole strengthened, but the canal can also be represented as it was historically in the 20th century. This transition will also eliminate any risks of hydraulic leakage in the canal. In addition to being less expensive than the hydraulic mechanism, the manual mechanism is easier to maintain. 

The other work planned for this lock includes the replacement of the gates and the repair of the sills, floor, valves and walls. 

Place du Quai – concrete repair on walls

Repairs of sections of the canal retaining walls along du Quai Street will be carried out by Christmas. In priority areas, guardrail safety will also have been improved. 

With seven active construction sites and as many project team members working toward a common goal, Parks Canada is improving the visitor experience and ensuring the safety of the tens of thousands of people who visit the Chambly Canal National Historic Site each year. This work is part of the largest infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada. These investments in Parks Canada’s heritage, visitor and waterway infrastructure ensure safe, high quality and meaningful experiences for visitors, enabling Canadians to discover nature and connect with history all across the country. 

To find out more and to get up-to-date information on the ongoing infrastructure work on the Chambly Canal National Historic Site, please visit the Info-works page.

 


Rehabilitation work at locks nos. 1, 2 and 3

CHAMBLY, Quebec, November 7, 2019 – Parks Canada would like to inform the public that infrastructure work will soon be undertaken at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site as part of projects to restore Locks Nos. 1, 2 and 3, located in Chambly. 

Lock rehabilitation
The work on Locks Nos. 1, 2 and 3 will begin in the next few days and continue until the end of April 2020. The planned work on the locks includes replacing the masonry joints, repairing earth walls and valves, replacing gate valves, cleaning and restoring portions of wooden gates. Various pieces within the locks will also be cleaned and repainted. 

The area of the Superintendent’s house will be used by the contractor as a mobilization site, however the path will remain accessible to the public while the work is being done. To ensure visitor safety, the work zones will be surrounded by fences. Visitors will not be permitted in this area, as access to the banks on the west side has already been limited for ongoing work to rehabilitate the federal wharf; also an infrastructure project being led by Parks Canada. 

Public safety is a priority for Parks Canada and all work is planned to ensure the security of users and workers. To minimize impacts to the public, the work is being conducted throughout the fall and winter months outside of the busy navigation season. Parks Canada reminds the public visiting the area to exercise caution, follow the signage in place, and consider alternate routes for activities in this specific sector of the Chambly Canal. 

Parks Canada is leading infrastructure work in places like the Chambly Canal National Historic Site to ensure safe, high-quality experiences for visitors by improving heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas. 

To find out more and to get up-to-date information on the ongoing infrastructure work on the Chambly Canal National Historic Site, please visit the Info-work page.


Rehabilitation work at lock no. 9 and re-enforcement of sections of the walls at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Chambly Canal National Historic Site

CHAMBLY, Quebec, October 21, 2019 – Parks Canada will soon be undertaking infrastructure work at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site as part of projects to restore Lock No. 9 and to secure the retaining walls located along du Quai Street in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. 

Lock rehabilitation: return to manual operation
The work on Lock No. 9 will begin in late October and continue until the end of April 2020. The banks near the lock will be used as a mobilization area for the contractor, however the path will remain accessible for visitors throughout the work. The footbridges on the doors of Lock No. 9 will be used for pedestrians to circulate on either side of the lock. For the safety of visitors, work zones will be surrounded by fencing. 

Planned work on the lock includes replacing the doors, removing the hydraulics and replacing them with manual mechanisms, and repairing the sills, floor, sluices and walls. Various elements located in the lock will also be cleaned and repainted. 

Starting next spring, all of the Canal’s locks will operate manually, like in the days of our ancestors! All of this will be documented and we look forward to sharing the progress made!

Work on the walls
Sections of the retaining walls also require repair of the concrete in four areas located along du Quai Street. This project aims to improve handrail safety in priority areas. The work is scheduled to begin in late October and is expected to last approximately eight weeks. 

Public safety is a priority for Parks Canada and all work is planned to ensure the security of users and workers. To minimize impacts to the public, the work is being conducted throughout the fall and winter months outside of the busy navigation season. Parks Canada reminds the public visiting the area to exercise caution, follow the signage in place, and consider alternate routes for activities in this specific sector of the Chambly Canal. 

Parks Canada is leading infrastructure work in places like the Chambly Canal National Historic Site to ensure safe, high-quality experiences for visitors by improving heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas.

To find out more and to get up-to-date information on the ongoing infrastructure work on the Chambly Canal National Historic Site, please visit the Info-work page.


Planned inspection work to cause minor obstructions

CHAMBLY, QUEBEC, October 3, 2019 – Parks Canada would like to inform the public that, as part of ongoing infrastructure work, a series of inspections and investigative work will be carried out on the siphons and culvert of the Chambly Canal National Historic Site during the month of October.

As key elements of the Chambly Canal history, siphons are simple structures that allow a watercourse to travel under the canal to reach the Richelieu River without disrupting canal water.

The inspections are planned for five separate areas, lasting one day each, beginning on October 8 and completed by October 18. No path closures are expected, and cyclists and pedestrians will be free to use the site at all times. The inspections will only cause minor obstructions, such as partial closures and movement of equipment. Chemin Sainte-Thérèse may be obstructed during the process, and flaggers will be on hand to direct traffic.

Public safety is a priority for Parks Canada. Each of the work sites will be clearly identified and secured. Parks Canada asks that everyone be patient, exercise caution and respect the temporary signage and flag personnel on-site.

Dates of the inspections & locations

  • October 8, 2019: SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU -- Inspection conducted by a diver of Siphon No. 3. Expect minor obstructions, with flaggers directing traffic, on Chemin Ste-Thérèse
  • October 9, 2019: CARIGNAN -- Inspection by divers of the Siphon No. 2. No expected obstructions, aside from mobilization of the contractor on the access road near O’Reilly Street
  • October 16, 2019: CARIGNAN -- Drillings near the culvert located at Bridge No. 7. Expect a partial lane closure of O’Reilly Street, with flaggers directing traffic
  • October 17, 2019: CHAMBLY -- Drillings on the path near Siphon No. 1. Expect a partial path closure with flagger
  • October 18, 2019: CHAMBLY -- Drilling on the dam near Siphon No. 1. No obstructions expected

Parks Canada is leading infrastructure work in places like the Chambly Canal National Historic Site to ensure safe, high-quality experiences for visitors by improving heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas.

Siphon no.1
Siphon no.1
Siphon no.2
Siphon no.2
Siphon no.3
Siphon no.7
Culvert near bridge no. 7

Temporary Closing of Bridges Nos. 7 and 10 for Planned Infrastructure Work

A detour via Bridge No. 9 

Chambly, Quebec, October 2, 2019 – Parks Canada would like to inform the public that infrastructure work will soon be carried out on Bridges Nos. 7 and 10 on the Chambly Canal, located in Carignan and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, respectively.

The work will start on October 16 and will involve the complete closure of the bridges. As part of the project, Parks Canada will ensure the installation of temporary crossings and short detours to ensure ongoing access for vehicles and pedestrians.

Bridge No. 10: October 16 – December 20, 2019 (approximately 2 months)
A detour via Bridge No. 9 and Baillargeon and Ste-Thérèse streets will be provided for users of Bridge No. 10 from mid-October until the completion of the work (scheduled for December). A temporary bridge will be built near the existing Bridge No. 10 to allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross the canal.

Bridge No. 7: October 16 - April 2020 (approximately 7 months)
A temporary bridge will be built to maintain the road link near Bridge No. 7 during the first phase of construction, scheduled for this fall.

Parks Canada will undertake repairs to these bridges to extend their useful life and ensure user safety. The planned work will include repairing approaches, guardrails, foundation units, steel structures, wire meshes, and pivot beams, as well as paving to complete the work.

Parks Canada is leading infrastructure work in places like the Chambly Canal National Historic Site to ensure safe, high-quality experiences for visitors by improving heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas.


CHAMBLY CANAL: MAJOR WORKS TO COME
Dike Rebuilding in Carignan

CHAMBLY, Quebec, August 16, 2019 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that work to rebuild the dike located between Lock No. 8 and Bridge No. 7 at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site in Carignan will begin in September 2019. This important infrastructure work is necessary and will improve the stability of the dike and drainage in the area, while ensuring the long-term preservation of this national historic site. 

Vegetation Removal

As a first step in preparing the site for the rebuilding of the dike, Parks Canada plans to remove approximately 500 trees and shrubs along the Agency’s property boundary, located on south side of the Canal. The area where this work will occur is a three kilometres section between Lock No. 8 and Bridge No. 7 in Carignan. It’s important to note that more than one third of the trees that will be removed are ash trees, which have been infected by the Emerald Ash Borer, including many in a moderate or severe state of deterioration. These tree must be removed to ensure public safety. 

Parks Canada is a leader in conservation and built heritage. Prior to the removal of trees and vegetation, all projects are subject to an environmental assessment to ensure mitigations are in place to maintain the ecology of the site and to ensure all work is conducted outside of bird nesting and migratory periods. Parks Canada recognizes the tree canopy and extensive greenery are important elements of the Chambly Canal. Various actions will be taken over the new few months to revitalize and re‑establish the ground cover in places that do not pose risks to the dike’s integrity and to other components of the Canal. 

Work on the dike

Parks Canada plans to carry out excavation and reconstruction work on the upstream slope (canal side) and partial excavation work in the existing bottom of the canal. For the downstream slope (ditch side), there are plans to install a stabilizing berm in some areas and to reprofile and fill the downstream ditch with a granular material coated with geotextile. The main objective of this work is to improve drainage and dike stability and make the dike long-lasting.

This work is scheduled to be carried out from September 2019 to May 2020. 

For worker and user safety reasons, some sections of the path will be closed temporarily, depending on the work area. While sections of the path are closed, a detour will be planned and set up with priority given to the safety of all concerned. 

The Government of Canada is investing in Parks Canada’s places to support infrastructure work in national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. As part of this work, over $250 million is being invested in the five historic canals that make up the Quebec Waterways network that includes Chambly, Carillon, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Lachine, and St-Ours. The funding will improve retaining walls, locks, bridges, and other elements that make up this historic waterway. When work has an impact on users, Parks Canada communicates information in various ways, such as on the “Info-work” Web page.


Chambly wharf: work resumed and continuing all summer

CHAMBLY, Quebec, July 22, 2019 Parks Canada would like to inform the public that work resumed at the beginning of July at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site to reconstruct the Chambly Wharf (known also as the federal wharf). Work began last fall, however was interrupted during the spring due to high water levels and poor weather conditions. Construction will be ongoing throughout the summer, continuing until the end of 2019. 

Significant progress has been made to date, with all the sheet piles now installed and about 45% of the middle section of the wharf having been excavated. The next phase of work involves finishing the excavation of the middle part of the wharf (including the old walls), and starting the backfilling, formwork and concrete pouring of the new wall around the wharf. 

Closure of a section of the grounds:

Public safety is a priority for Parks Canada. Visitors to the site should note that at locks 1, 2 and 3 the grounds located between the shelter and the canal have been fenced off and are currently inaccessible to the public for safety reasons. Visitors who wish to have access to the river may do so from the area located on the side of the Superintendent’s house. 

Caution on Bourgogne Street:

The contractor will be working from the Parc Ateliers and may require the transport of heavy machinery across Bourgogne Street for access to the work site at different times during the day. If required, workers will be on site to ensure traffic flow and the safety of all users.

The Chambly Wharf was closed to the public following major flooding in 2011. Due to the significant damage, major refurbishment of the wharf is underway to make the facility accessible to the public again. The wharf is expected to reopen to the public in 2020. 

The Government of Canada is investing $3 billion over five years in Parks Canada places to support infrastructure work in national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. As part of this work, Parks Canada continues to make significant infrastructure investments in the Chambly Canal National Historic Site, one of the five historic canals that make up the Quebec Waterways network that also include, Carillon, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Lachine and St-Ours. The funding will improve retaining walls, locks, bridges, and other elements that make up this historic waterway. When work has an impact on users, Parks Canada communicates information in various ways, such as on the “Info-work” Web page.

Workers on the Chambly wharf. 

2019 Boating season

CHAMBLY (Quebec), May 16, 2019 – Parks Canada announces the gradual opening of the 2019 boating season on Parks Canada's historic canals in Quebec. Due to the recent severe flooding, opening to navigation will be delayed in some locations, and sites will remain closed to the public along the banks until further notice.

Lachine Canal National Historic Site
The Lachine Canal will be open to welcome recreational boaters for the boating season from today, May 17, until Monday, October 14th, 2019. Happy boating season to all!

Chambly Canal National Historic Site
The Chambly Canal season should be open to recreational boaters for the boating season from May 24 until Monday, October 14th, 2019. Prior to the opening of the season, visitors along the banks can still enjoy their favourite outdoor activities, as the canal path remains accessible at all times. 

Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site
The Saint-Ours Canal season should be open to recreational boaters for the boating season from May 24 until Monday, October 14th, 2019. It should be noted that the facilities located on Darvard Island will be closed to the public along the banks, as well as to recreational boaters until further notice. Parks Canada is asking for the cooperation of the public to respect traffic signs in order to maintain a safe and secure site. 

Carillon Canal National Historic Site
The Carillon Canal, as well as the park, are currently closed to the public along the banks and on the waterway. Parks Canada will inform the public of the reopening of facilities as soon as officials lift the restriction of navigation on the Ottawa River. 

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site
The Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal, as well as the park are currently closed to the public, along the banks and on the waterway. Parks Canada will inform the public of the reopening of facilities as soon as possible. 

Parks Canada is making every effort to ensure the rehabilitation and safe operations of our national historic canals and will inform the public of their reopening as soon as possible. The Agency is seeking the cooperation and support of all users in showing their understanding, exercising caution, and to respect the temporary traffic signs. 

For further details on the service periods and the opportunities for discovery on Quebec's historic canals, Parks Canada invites you to consult parkscanada.gc.ca/canals or contact 1 888 773-8888.

As part of Parks Canada network of historic sites and national parks, the national historic canals offer more than a million recreational boaters and visitors exceptional visitor services and recreational and heritage experiences.


Infrastructure work at lock No. 4

Lock door lifted by a truck
Similar work was undertaken in 2018, to replace the doors at Locks Nos. 6 and 7, as part of the over $50 million federal investmentat the Chambly Canal.

Chambly, Quebec, February 20, 2019 - Parks Canada will soon begin infrastructure work at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site as part of the restoration project for Lock no 4. Work will take place beginning in late February until the end of April 2019. The sector affected, the east side of the canal and the surrounding embankments, will remain accessible throughout the construction, which will take place from late February until the end of April, 2019. Only the footbridges on the doors of Lock No. 4 will not be accessible and surrounded by barriers.

Parks Canada is carrying out this important work at the Chambly Canal to update the infrastructure necessary for navigation, ensure the longevity of the facilities, and enhance security and the quality of the experience provided at the canal. The work planned includes: repointing and the replacement of stones on the facade of the lock; repair and maintenance of the doors; repair of walls; and, the partial reconstruction of the cement sidewalks. Various elements around the lock will also be cleaned and repainted.

Public safety is a priority for Parks Canada and all work is planned to ensure the security of users and workers. To minimize impacts to the public, the work is being conducted in advance of the busy navigational season. Parks Canada asks all members of the public visiting the area, to be vigilant, follow the signage in place, and consider alternate routes for activities in this specific sector of the Chambly Canal.

Parks Canada is investing more than $50 million over five years in the Chambly Canal National Historic Site. This major investment is part of the $3 billion federal infrastructure investment program to support national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas. The funding will make it possible to upgrade numerous structural elements of the waterway, improve the experience for the 200,000-plus people who visit the site each year, and protect this exceptional heritage site for current and future generations to enjoy.

To find out more and to get up-to-date information on the ongoing infrastructure work on the Chambly Canal National Historic Site, please visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/chamblycanal-work.


Wharf with snow and ice.
High water levels on the Richelieu River are preventing the contractor from continuing work.

Chambly jetty: Temporary work stoppage

Chambly, Quebec, January 23, 2019 - Parks Canada would like to inform the public that work underway at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site to reconstruct the Chambly jetty (known also as the federal wharf) has been temporarily stopped due to high water levels.

Work began last fall, however the current high water levels on the Richelieu River have caused water to flow over the structure, preventing further work based on the planned schedule. Work will resume after the spring freshet, as water and weather conditions permit.

Significant progress has been made to date, with all the sheet piles now installed and about 45% of the middle section of the wharf having been excavated. The next phase of work involves finishing the excavation of the middle part of the wharf (including the old walls), and starting the backfilling, formwork and concrete pouring of the new wall around the wharf. Floating pontoons and an access ramp, required by boaters, will be installed later in the spring.

The Chambly Wharf was closed to the public following major flooding in 2011. Due to the significant damage, major refurbishment of the wharf is underway to make the facility accessible to the public again. Planned to reopen in 2020, the work represents a federal infrastructure investment of nearly $10 million.

Parks Canada continues to make significant infrastructure investments in the Chambly Canal National Historic Site to improve several structural elements including, retaining walls, locks, bridges, and other elements that make up this historic waterway. When work has an impact on users, Parks Canada communicates information in various ways, such as on the “Info-work” Web page. Information about dates, affected areas, and impact of the work on users is communicated as soon as it becomes known.

Parks Canada is investing $3 billion over five years to support infrastructure work in national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. This includes an investment of over $50 million at the Chambly Canal. In so doing, Parks Canada is protecting Canada’s built heritage, while ensuring a safe, high-quality visitor experience for the more than 200,000 people who visit this national historic site each year.  


Montreal boat show

Parks Canada at the 2019 Montreal Boat Show: Enjoy the view, enjoy life!

Parks Canada is proud to partner with the Québec Maritime Association (QMA) as part of the 2019 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show which will be held from January 31th to 3rd at Place Bonaventure to raise awareness of one of the most beautiful navigation networks in the world. Parks Canada will welcome visitors this year to its space featuring Canada's historic canals and will help them plan their boat trips. Come and see us so you don't miss the boat!

The 2019 edition of the Boat Show promises to be very exciting since Parks Canada is preparing plenty of surprises for you: novelties, promotional offers for the 2019 season, contests and much more! The Parks Canada's Quebec and Ontario waterways team has assembled a package to guarantee you'll enjoy a fascinating journey.

An unbeatable pre-season offer!

The seasonal lockage permit is valid throughout the navigation season and allows you to go through any lock system that is part of Canada's national historic canals. The seasonal night mooring permit allows night mooring at seven national historic canals, two national parks and one national marine conservation area.

The pre-season offer will allow recreational boaters to save 20% on the current prices of seasonal lockage permits. With the purchase of the lockage permit, also take advantage of a 10% reduction on the night mooring permit.

Just have your boat registration number as well as the length of your boat on hand to make the purchase on the spot.

The 2019 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show is the largest nautical gathering in Quebec, and Parks Canada is pleased to participate in it to meet pleasure boating enthusiasts and increase awareness of its exceptional waterways. So it's a meeting as early as January 31!

2018

Chambly Canal National Historic Site Management Plan Tabled in Parliament

Parks Canada announces plan to connect Canadians to heritage in the Montérégie Region

December 10, 2018 Chambly, Quebec Parks Canada Agency
The management plan for Chambly Canal National Historic Site was tabled in Parliament today.
Reviewed every 10 years, management plans are a legislative requirement of the Canada National Parks Act and guide the management of Parks Canada’s places.

National historic sites reflect the rich and varied heritage of our nation.

The new plan for the Chambly Canal National Historic Site outlines the following key objectives:

  • Protect and promote, for the benefit of current and future generations, the built heritage, atmosphere, and the cultural and natural landscapes of the Chambly Canal;
  • Improve and diversify the visitor experience from one end of the canal to the other;
  • Increase community pride in the Chambly Canal in a way that contributes to its appreciation, while increasing the sense of belonging and interest in contributing to the site.

The plan was developed through public consultation and based on input from local residents and organizations, visitors, stakeholders, partners, and Indigenous communities of the Montérégie region. Through this management plan, Parks Canada is meeting its promise to protect and present Canada’s cultural heritage while also providing an opportunity for Canadians to experience and discover our diverse history in new and exciting ways.

In 2018 and beyond, the Government of Canada is celebrating families with free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for youth 17 and under. Parks Canada’s national heritage places are a great way for Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and heritage.

The Chambly Canal National Historic Site Management Plan is available on the Parks Canada’s website at: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/qc/chambly/info/gestion-management/gestion-management-2018.

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“Canada’s national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas belong to all Canadians and offer truly Canadian experiences. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the management plan. As the Minister responsible for Parks Canada, I applaud this collaborative effort and I am pleased to approve this management plan for the Chambly Canal National Historic Site.”

Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick Facts

  • Did you know? In June, we celebrated the 175th anniversary of the first passage on the Chambly Canal!
  • The Chambly Canal was designated a site of national historic significance in 1929 for its role in the Canadian network of canals, namely in the navigation and trade network of the Richelieu-Champlain-Hudson corridor. The canal also contributed to the economic growth of the town of Chambly and specifically to that of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, which was a hub of marine, road, and rail transport in the 19th century.
  • Today, the barges of the past have been replaced by pleasure boats, and the old towpath has been converted into a multi-use path that attracts more than 250,000 visitors and cyclists annually, making the Chambly Canal an important recreational and tourist destination.

Info-work

Installation of fencing on Parks Canada’s land in Old Chambly

Major site preparation in connection with the jetty refurbishment

Chambly (Quebec), October 11, 2018 – Upcoming repairs to the Chambly Jetty – part of the Chambly Canal National Historic Site -- will involve major site preparation on Parks Canada’s land. Fences around equipment traffic and storage areas have been installed near Locks No. 1, 2 and 3, as well as in Parc des Ateliers, on Avenue Bourgogne in Chambly. For everyone’s safety, access to these areas will be prohibited until work has been completed in May 2020.

The Chambly Jetty was closed following major flooding in 2011. Due to the significant damage, major refurbishment of the jetty is underway and it will reopen in 2020. The work represents a federal infrastructure investment of nearly $10 million.

An integral part of the Chambly Canal structure, the jetty should re-open in the summer of 2020.

The safety of users and employees is a priority for Parks Canada in planning its work. We make every effort to minimize disruptions to visitors of the canal by working during the off-season, however recognize the inconvenience caused by the closing of these areas. We ask that everyone exercise caution, obey the on-site signage, and consider alternatives for activities normally enjoyed in the areas affected by the work.

Parks Canada continues to make significant investments in the Chambly Canal National Historic Site in order to rehabilitate several infrastructure elements, including the retaining walls, the locks, the walkways, and other elements that make up this historic waterway. When work has an impact on users, Parks Canada communicates information in various ways, such as on the “Info-work” Web page. Information about dates, affected areas, and impact of the work on users will be communicated as soon as it is known.

Parks Canada is investing over $3 billion over five years to carry out infrastructure work on national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. It will invest over $50 million over five years in the Chambly Canal. In so doing, Parks Canada aims to improve the user experience for the 200,000-plus people who visit this national historic site each year while protecting it so that current and future generations can continue to enjoy it for years to come.


Parks Canada announces the imminent rebuilding of the Chambly Wharf and an additional allocation to carry it out

Federal infrastructure funding help to enhance the visitor experience

August 15, 2018 Chambly, Quebec Parks Canada Agency

The Parks Canada mandate is to protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. Our national historic sites reflect the rich and varied heritage of our nation and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history.

The Government of Canada announces the start of work on the rehabilitation of the Chambly Wharf and an additional investment of $3.1 million for a total amount of nearly $10 million dedicated to the rehabilitation of this emblematic site of the Chambly Canal National Historic Site.

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism and Chief Government Whip, made the announcement today on behalf of Environment and Climate Change Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna. The rehabilitation of the wharf will restore access to this facility to the thousands of visitors to this national historic site.

wharf with benches and flowers in the middle
aerial view of the wharf

 

The work announced today concerns the complete rebuilding of the wharf (also known as the “federal wharf”) located in the heart of Old Chambly, downstream from Lock No. 1 in the Chambly Basin. The Government of Canada will thus give the public access again to this facility cherished by local residents. Parks Canada has mandated Public Services and Procurement Canada to manage the planning and execution of the wharf rehabilitation project and the contract award process for this work.

A real oasis for cycling, boating, and outdoor enthusiasts, the Chambly Canal offers moments of pure relaxation in an environment shaped by 175 years of history. In addition, eight out of nine of the Canal’s locks as well as a bridge are still manually operated, as during the period when the Canal opened in 1843.

Following the Minister’s Round Table, the most extensive consultations ever held with respect to Parks Canada, Minister McKenna put forward her priorities for Parks Canada. The Chambly Canal NHS is an excellent example of the efforts made by Parks Canada to use innovative ideas to help Canadians discover, connect with, and enjoy historic sites and national parks.

The Government of Canada is currently investing massively in the infrastructure of historic sites and national parks in order to maintain the incredible ecological and economic value they represent for society and our country’s heritage and history for present and future generations.

Quotes

“Historic canals such as the Chambly Canal are important parts of our history and are part of Canada's heritage. With this additional investment to refurbish this centennial facility, current and future users will have a greater sense of ownership of this national historic site. Rehabilitating Parks Canada's site infrastructure allows more Canadians to discover and enjoy one of the most beautiful and extensive networks of protected places in the world.”

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism and Chief Government Whip

“This project will provide the public and visitors to the Richelieu Valley with restored access to the Chambly Wharf so that they can enjoy the riverside amenities on foot, by bicycle or by boat. Our government is proud to support Parks Canada in carrying out this work, the outcome of an open and transparent process offering the best value for taxpayers.”

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough,
Minister of Publics Services and Procurement and Accessibility

Free Activities for the 175th Anniversary of the Chambly Canal National Historic Site

This July 7, Parks Canada invites you to a fascinating trip back in time

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.

The following is planned for this day of celebration:

  • Guided tour of the Chambly Canal with a historian from Parks Canada: departures at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (no reservation required);
  • Lockmaster for a Day activity;
  • Activity booth with inflatable games, photo booth with period costumes, drawing contest, games and more;
  • Visit from Parka, the popular mascot; and
  • Exhibition of period photographs.

The special events surrounding the 175th anniversary of the Chambly Canal will continue this fall with a series of lectures presented by Parks Canada, in collaboration with the Société d'histoire de la seigneurie de Chambly and the Société d'histoire du Haut-Richelieu, on the history of the construction of the canal, its transformations over the years and archeological discoveries.

The Chambly Canal, which opened for commercial navigation in 1843, played a critical role in the export of Canadian forest products to the United States. With its nine locks, most of which are still operated manually, the 20-km canal on the Richelieu River now allows recreational vessels to pass and avoid the Chambly Rapids.

Quick Facts

  • In June, Parks Canada celebrated the 175th anniversary of the passage of the first boat at Chambly Canal.
  • July 7 also marks Canada Historic Places Day, when visitors are invited to discover one of Canada’s 970 national historic sites; of these, 171 are administered by Parks Canada.

Start of New Boating Season at Chambly Canal National Historic Site

Friday, May 18, 2018 Chambly, Quebec Parks Canada

Parks Canada’s places represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples.

Today, the Parks Canada team was pleased to welcome the very first boaters of 2018, Misters. Hébert and Mr. Picard (Chambly) and Mr. and Ms. McLean (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu). The upcoming season promises to be exciting at the Chambly Canal, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. Last year, more than 1,800 boats locked through the Canal.

Boaters can obtain more information online about locking and mooring services, as well as 2018 activities. Happy boating!

Messrs. Hébert and Mr. Picard, 2018 first boaters at locks 1-2-3 in Chambly
Mr. and Ms. McLean, 2018 first boaters at lock 9 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

aerial view of Chambly Canal and Richelieu river

Summer job – Urban planning student

Duration: 4 months (temporary position)
Hourly rate: $ 13.14 to $ 21.64 / hour
Workplace : Chambly, Quebec
Beginning of employment: May 2018
Deadline to apply: March 20th, 2018, 11:59 PM

Are you seeking for a rewarding experience that will support the preservation and enhancement of iconic places in Canada? If this is the case, Parks Canada is looking for an urban planning student for a summer job that will allow the selected candidate to participate, under the supervision of the planner, to various projects regarding the planning and the development of the historic canals managed by Quebec waterways, as well as the analysis of private projects in their vicinity.

Parks Canada is looking for a candidate who has the following knowledge and skills:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint software, Adobe suite;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written French and functional knowledge of the English language;
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in a communication context;
  • Ease of adaptation to new tasks to be performed;
  • Autonomy and initiative in carrying out the tasks entrusted;
  • Obtain and maintaining a reliability rating;
  • Possessing a valid class 5 driver's licence;
  • Have completed at least 2 years of the bachelor's degree in urban planning;
  • Be a full-time student in the 2018 winter semester and return to study full-time in the fall of 2018. Proof of full-time student status will be required.

The selected candidate will be required to perform the following tasks:

  • Analyze private requests concerning planning aspects (development projects, management of interfaces with the canals, etc.);
  • Participate, in collaboration with the urban planner, in the realization of various development projects on Parks Canada properties;
  • Contribute to the management plans for the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal and Canal-de-Carillon national historic sites;
  • Participate on various committees (docks committee, vegetation committee, etc.) and various partner committees;
  • Perform any other duties related to the position.

If you have the required knowledge and skills, please send your cover letter, curriculum vitae and proof of education before March 20th, 2018, 11:59 PM, to the attention of Caroline Lussier, urb. Planner, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada at caroline.lussier@canada.ca.

Only the selected candidates will be contacted


YOUR DREAM JOB AT PARKS CANADA!

2 Parks Canada Employee

Available positions : lock and bridge operator

Closing date: 7 February 2018

Operating the controls of the locks and bridges on a historic canal, welcoming boaters, providing visitors with quality service and working in a unique setting... Interested in the world of navigation? Parks Canada’s Quebec Waterways team is currently seeking qualified candidates. Spread the word!

Working the locks for Parks Canada: An exciting job awaits!

Parks Canada is looking to several lock and bridge operator term positions on Quebec historic canals.

The lock operator’s job is complex. For example, at Locks 1, 2 and 3 on the Chambly Canal, 47 different actions are required to let a boat through: opening the sluices and gates, manoeuvring the swing bridge, controlling the traffic lights, and so on. Each canal thus has it specificities you will get accustomed to.

Qualities sought

Candidates must be enthusiastic, physically fit and able to multitask—and enjoy working outside, rain or shine. Parks Canada’s lock keepers are known for their exceptional customer service, so it is important to enjoy working with the public.

Candidates must be available from May to October, have completed high school (Secondary V) and hold a driver’s licence. The ability to communicate in English is considered an asset.

The available positions are term positions (with possibility of permanent appointment) and well-paying, with an hourly rate between $22.16 and $24.09 depending on experience.

This enriching and fulfilling job could be yours!

Feel at home on the water and looking for a seasonal job? It is time to apply. Visit jobs.gc.ca to read about the details and the process you must follow lien par canal. Hurry up, the recruitment period closes on February 7!


Parks Canada at the 2018 Montreal Boat Show: An in-depth experience

January 22, 2018, Montreal, Quebec Parks Canada Agency

Montreal Boat and Water sports show

Parks Canada is proud to partner with the Québec Maritime Association (QMA) as part of the 2018 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show which will be held from February 1st to 4th at Place Bonaventure to raise awareness of one of the most beautiful navigation networks in the world. With the special participation of the New York State Canals, we'll welcome visitors this year to our space featuring Canada's historic canals and we'll help them plan their boat trips. Come and see us so you don't miss the boat!

The 2018 edition of the Boat Show promises to be very exciting since Parks Canada is preparing plenty of surprises for you: novelties, promotional offers for the 2018 season, virtual reality experiences, contests and much more! The Parks Canada's Quebec and Ontario waterways team has assembled a package to guarantee you'll enjoy a fascinating journey.

An unbeatable pre-season offer!

The seasonal lockage permit is valid throughout the navigation season and allows you to go through any lock system that is part of Canada's national historic canals. The seasonal night mooring permit allows night mooring at seven national historic canals, two national parks and one national marine conservation area.

The pre-season offer will allow recreational boaters to save 20% on the current prices of seasonal lockage permits. With the purchase of the lockage permit, also take advantage of a 10% reduction on the night mooring permit.

Just have your boat registration number as well as the length of your boat on hand to make the purchase on the spot.

Activities for the whole family

For the greater pleasure of visitors, a locking experience in virtual reality will be made available this year. Come and see us and our cutting edge equipment will enable you to experience a locking as though you were really there!

On Sunday February 4th, come and meet Parks Canada's superstar, the mascot Parka. Since Parka loves making new friends, take advantage of it by taking a picture with her!

Conference of New York and Canada historic canals

This year, Parks Canada is pleased to collaborate with New York State Canals to offer you an exciting conference that goes beyond the borders! Discover the popular nautical circuits through the Canadian and American historic canals, from Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue to the Thousand Islands via Chambly and Lake Champlain, or even spend the night at the Lachine Canal to enjoy Montreal's attractions! The lockkeepers will be on hand to answer all your questions and provide you with the information you need to properly plan your next trip, including tips for night mooring, safety in the locks and much more. Don't miss this opportunity!

The 2018 Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show is the largest nautical gathering in Quebec, and Parks Canada is pleased to participate in it to meet pleasure boating enthusiasts and increase awareness of its exceptional waterways. So it's a meeting as early as February 1st!

2017

Parks Canada invites the public to come and discover the all-new Place des Barges at the Chambly Canal!

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., Parks Canada invites the population of Chambly and surroundings to a festive event in celebration of the completion of work on the Place des Barges.

Parc Migneault on July 2016

Place des Barges today

 

Parks Canada has recently completed the development work of the park located upstream of Chambly Canal Locks Nos.1-2-3 at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site, near Bourgogne Avenue. The area formerly known as “Parc Migneault” has become the Place des Barges!

With its new street furniture, plantations, new lights for the evening, Parks Canada’s red chairs and electrical terminals for mooring boats, Place des Barges will allow more residents, visitors and boaters to enjoy the beauty and exceptional setting that the Chambly Canal offers, while still connecting with its history and nature.

Pavement trail with bushes on each side

 

Join the party on August 9th! Scheduled: airbrush tattoos, BioBlitz game station, a visit from the popular mascot Parka and plenty of fun for young and old alike! A great way to start the evening followed by the Dominique Hudson show at Parc des Ateliers, as part of the "Sur l’air de Chambly" series of outdoors shows

Why “Place des Barges"?

The barges have long been part of the history of the Chambly Canal and have contributed to the important commercial role played by the Canal until the early 20th century, when the Canadian-American trade in the Richelieu River reached its peak.

Many barges, hauled by horses that were guided by carters, marched along the canal, loaded with goods such as wood, hay, grains, coal, iron and cement.

Although today's barges have given way to yachts, sailboats and pontoons, they remain an important symbol of the canal's commercial past and its role in Canada's national canals system since its opening in 1843. The last barge circulated on the canal on September 30th, 1978.

For more information on the role of the Chambly Canal in local and international trade, see the Discover section on the Parks Canada website.

Black and white photo.
Source: Library and Archives Canada. John Boyd Fund. September 29, 1927, # PA-087773, MIKAN 196034. The "Carolina" barges, carrying hay, is docked at the site of the current Place des Barges.

Launch of a new boating season at the Chambly Canal!

 

2 groups of boaters with Parks Canada staff
First boaters of the season at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site! Left side: locks Nos. 1,2,3, Chambly. Right side: lock No. 9, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

In 2017, Parks Canada is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation by offering free entry to ALL national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. On Quebec and Ontario’s historic canals, this means that pleasure craft and non-motorized boats will be able to go through locks free of charge to access major cities as well as their favourite bodies of water. It’s our way of wishing you a happy 150th!

The Parks Canada’s team was happy to welcome the first boaters of the 2017 season at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site, who were presented with Parks Canada brand products. Following the exceptionally high water levels and flooding that will delay the opening of the navigation season on Carillon, Lachine, and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canals, Parks Canada is doing everything necessary to ensure their repair and their complete reopening as early as possible; thus, these canals should progressively welcome boaters over the next few weeks.

Eager to take part in this wonderful experience? Visit our Historic canals portal to learn about the many opportunities offered by Parks Canada, and order your free lockage permit now! Spread the word, and enjoy the 2017 boating season