As a result of the opening of the Saint-Ours Canal in 1849, boats were able to bypass the final obstacle on the waterway between Montreal and New York. Called the tenth lock on the Richelieu, the canal would prove indispensable to international, regional and local trade for over a century.
Today, the Saint-Ours canal is a place of relaxation and a resort that offers an exceptional setting as well as magnificent views of the Richelieu River. Recreational boaters, strollers and oTENTik campers flock to the site each year to take advantage of this unique setting.
Starting May 21, 2021 the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site will offer limited visitor access and basic services.
Visitors will be able to access the following services and facilities:
- mooring areas;
- day-use areas, including trails, green spaces and picnic areas;
- parking lots;
- Darvard Island;
- Public toilets;
- oTENTik accommodation units.
Visiting the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site will be different than it has been in the past. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the Saint-Ours Canal website before they travel.
Featured things to do
Hours of operation
From mid-May to mid-October
Site acces is free.
Fees apply for parking, lockage and overnight mooring.
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
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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.