Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site
The Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site celebrates 100 years of historic designation in 2023. It is located about 50 km southwest of Montréal on the shores of the St. Lawrence River. It features Canada’s first lock canal and the remains of a fort.
With a history spanning 7,000 years, the site was a portage and encampment location used by Indigenous to avoid the rapids, a military fortification, and a canal that opened the way for commercial shipping.
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More places to discover with Parks Canada
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.
Discover the strategies behind the significant day of October 26, 1813 when outnumbered Canadian troops defeated the invading American army. Ride 14 kilometres by bike or car across the actual battlefield!
Watch boats pass through the Carillon Canal lock, navigating a 20-metre drop in a single operation. Stop in at the museum to inspect an interpretive panel about the history of the Ottawa River’s 19th century travellers.
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