As a result of the opening of the Saint-Ours Canal in 1849, boats could finally bypass the final obstacle on the waterway between Montreal and New York. For more than a century, the Saint-Ours Canal - called the 10th lock on the Richelieu River - has been indispensable to international, regional and local trade.
Today, the lock and its dam are a place of relaxation and fish observation - visitors will be intrigued by the Vianney-Legendre fishway, a one-of-a-kind device.
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2930 Chemin des Patriotes
Saint-Ours QC J0G 1P0
Hours of operationThe national historic site is open every day of the year from sunrise to 11 p.m. The navigation season runs from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving (mid-May to mid-October).
Site acces is free. Fees apply for parking, lockage and overnight mooring.
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Lachine Canal National Historic Site
A veritable open-air museum, the Lachine Canal recounts the beginnings of industrialization in Montreal. Explore the ingenuity of this 1825 structure. Follow its urban course, sail through the locks by boat, and enjoy an oasis in the city.
Chambly Canal National Historic Site
A mere 20 kilometres from Montreal, an oasis awaits cycling and outdoor enthusiasts: the Chambly Canal NationalHistoric Site. Observe the locks and bridges providing passage to boaters, and in August, admire the hot-air balloons darting between the clouds. It's magical.
Fort Chambly National Historic Site
Roughly 30 kilometres southeast of Montreal, Fort Chambly rises proudly at the foot of the Richelieu River rapids. Built in 1711 to defend the colony, this stone fortification was preceded by three wooden forts.
Fort Lennox National Historic Site
Treat yourself to a stroll through history. First, take the ferry from Saint-Paul-de-l'Île-aux-Noix then, five minutes later, step into the Fort Lennox Garrison. Built between 1819 and 1829, every nook and cranny in this British fortification has been preserved.
La Mauricie National Park
With its 536 km2 area, La Mauricie National Park is the ideal place for an outdoor escape. Hills, forests and streams are accessible any season of the year.