National historic Site of Canada Fur Trade at Lachine
This National historic site of Canada is located in the Borough of Lachine, 20 minutes from downtown Montreal.
It’s an old stone warehouse on the shore of Lake Saint-Louis that depicts the epic days of the fur trade in New France and Montreal. Several themes are explored at this former hub of the fur trade, the driving force of Canada’s economy for two centuries: the daily life of the traders, bark canoes, fur-bearing animals, the lively competition between the North West Company and the Hudson’s Bay Company, the vogue for felt hats, and many more.
Special activities and programs for elderly people, for summer camps, and for students are also available. In addition to the interactive exhibition and the guided tours, guests can enjoy the beauty of a large urban waterfront park and explore the 14-km-long Lachine Canal multipurpose path. Bikes and in-line skates can be rented nearby.
Two exhibitions on the history of the Lachine Canal can be visited at the Visitor Service Center at the Lachine lock.
An outdoor Sculpture Museum in Rene Levesque Park, the largest outdoor sculpture park in eastern Canada, and the Lachine Museum are located nearby as well.
Lachine Canal. Photo : © V. Petrovsky