National historic site of Canada Lachine Canal
Opened in 1825 and widened twice since, the canal was the main way to bypass the rapids of St. Lawrence.
This imposing feat of engineering served for more than 140 years and was close to commercial navigation in 1970.
Since May 2002, tourists have been able to return to this calm waterway, after a major revitalisation project had made it possible to open this man-made cradle of Montreal’s industrialisation to pleasure boaters.
Tourists cruise the canal and discover its five locks (small boats can be rented on site).
The Lachine lockstation and its Visitor service Centre offer exhibits on the history of the canal, interpretative displays and a lookout terrace.
Guests can explore the 14-km-long path along the canal, on a bike, on foot, on in-line skates, and sports equipment can be rented near the site. You can sail the canal from the Atwater Market, a hub of urban activities, to the Peel Basin, accompanied by a guide-interpreter, and admiring Montreal cityscape from a new perspective.
Many other attractions are located around the Lachine canal area. On weekends, series of special activities are held here, such as guided tours by bike or on a dragon boat, a photo rally and more.
Access to the Lachine canal and path is free, but fees to have access to nautical and interpretations activities vary according to the services offered. The Lachine canal is accessible from Montreal’s Old Port, from Old Lachine, from Atwater Market and from a few other places.
Website of Lachine Canal: www.pc.qc.ca/lachinecanal
Canal Lachine in Winter. Photo : © Provincequebec