Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

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.

Due to recent acts of vandalism, the dam will close at 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and at 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. As of October 9, the dam will be closed at all times.

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Visiting Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

Activities and experiences

Find activities for everyone at the Saint-Ours Canal: family picnics, cycling along the Richelieu River or spending the night in an oTENTik.

Plan your visit

How to get there, fees, hours of operation, passes, permits, guidelines and more.

oTENTik

A perfect mix between a tent and a rustic cottage, the oTENTik offers cozy beds and basic equipment. The joys of camping in all its simplicity!

Lockage and navigation

Information on navigation and lockage: routes, night mooring and much more.

About Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

Culture and history

History, archeology, cultural landscape, architecture, historic engineering.

Nature and science

Conservation and science, animals, plants, the environment, and research.

Stewardship and management

Jobs, communications, partners, occupancy permits, public consultations, plans and policies and more!

How to get here

Contact Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

General inquiries:

514-283-6054 or 1-888-773-8888 infocanalqc@pc.gc.ca

Lockstation:

450-755-8140  

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Hours of operation

See the complete schedule

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