COVID-19 and your visit to the Chambly Canal National Historic Site
The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places, green spaces, day use areas and trails that are closed.
Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Update for June 1, 2020 - Gradual reopening of Parks Canada places
As of June 1, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of some outdoor areas at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Openings will differ across the country.
- As of June 1, you may be able to access certain Parks Canada places near you.
- Access to some trails, day use areas, and green spaces at some locations will be permitted.
- Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice.
- Highways and roadways which pass through Parks Canada places will remain open.
We will continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, avalanche control, among others.
You are encouraged to purchase a Discovery Pass online before your visit as admission fees may be collected at the Parks Canada place you plan to visit.
Update for June 17, 2020 - Camping resumption
Starting June 22, 2020, Parks Canada will begin to offer some camping services at select national parks and national historic sites across the country. Initially, camping will be available only to visitors with existing reservations. Parks Canada will gradually begin to accept new online reservations for some campgrounds over the coming weeks.
Important information about your visit to the Chambly Canal National Historic Site
The Chambly Canal National Historic Site banks remains accessible to visitors. We ask the public to follow the advice of public health experts and to practice physical distancing and hygiene measures, limit public gatherings, as well as respect travel restrictions and closures.
The canal and mooring areas remain closed since Parks Canada is carrying out various work on Locks. Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 9. Unmarked hazards may exist and aids to navigation may be missing, off-station, or inoperable. Use of the canal at this time is discouraged and at one’s own risk.
What’s open (updated July 1, 2020)
- Lockage and mooring .
- Pedestrian and bicycle access (Chambly Canal path)
- Day-use areas, including green spaces and picnic areas;
- Parking lots
What’s closed (updated July 1, 2020)
- Public toilets
Your safety when visiting
Parks Canada is preparing to receive visitors and boaters safely and will respect the standards provided by Transport Canada for Canadian boaters.
Starting on July 1, 2020:
- Nautical distancing: 2 meters between each boat;
- No rafting;
- Touchless locking: boaters will have to tie their boats themselves and stay on boat while locking;
- Cashless payment preferred.
It is possible that boat capacity may be considerably reduced and that the waiting time may be increased at lock station. We appreciate your patience and collaboration.
On the banks, there will be many users sharing the Chambly Canal path – cyclists, pedestrians and in-line skaters will be among them. Parks Canada asks all visitors to follow the advice of public health experts on physical distancing. They must be careful in their choices to avoid injury and minimize any need for emergency response. In addition, we invite them to be courteous and obey the signage to make coexistence between all safer and more harmonious.
During your visit, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends wearing non-medical masks.
For more information
Parks Canada’s infrastructure program is considered part of the Agency’s critical services to the public. Please consult the Info-Work page for more information on the work in progress at the Chambly Canal. We will continue to communicate if there are any changes in project status or schedule that impact the public.
For the most up to date information, visit: