December 7, 2022

The Lachine Canal National Historic Site celebrates the 20th anniversary of its reopening to boating

Many memories await you this summer in this mythical place in the heart of Montreal.

MONTREAL, May 24, 2022 /CNW/ – Whether you’re looking for adventure, fun activities for the whole family, a chance to explore history or a break from everyday life, Parks Canada has 450,000 km² of protected areas with countless unique experiences to suit your needs.

On May 20and, the province’s National Historic Canals officially welcome boaters for the 2022 tourist season. Places that evoke stories, people, travelers and beautiful waterways await. Discover them on foot, by bike, by boat or on rollerblades. There is something for everyone, from the youngest to the wisest!

Lachine Canal National Historic Site: 20 years later
This year, Parks Canada is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the reopening of this canal, which was closed to navigation for three decades. Once used for commercial purposes, it is now used by boaters everywhere.

Since 2002, many visitors have anchored in this historic canal every year to enjoy the beauty of its landscapes, the warm rays of the summer sun and the exciting programming that animates this exceptional site located in the heart of Montreal.

Introduction to camping…
Again this summer, Parks Canada is offering an Urban Learn to Camp program. The intention of the program is to introduce camping to people who have little or no experience, in order to pique their interest in exploring our national parks and nature. Located on a small island of greenery at the edge of the China A National Historic Canal Site, just steps from the Old Port, the program offers overnight stays with outdoor cooking workshops, games and activity circuits that will entertain all generations. Kayaking and canoeing will also be offered to participants, not to mention the traditional campfire with marshmallows. Several nights are planned for weekends in July and August. All information, booking conditions, prices and detailed programming are available on the China Canal website.

… and Paddle!
Following the great success of this activity last summer, Parks Canada is not only proud to announce the return of the canoe initiation experience but also to offer an initiation to kayaking on the China Channel. Throughout the summer, certified Parks Canada instructors will teach you the basics of canoeing and kayaking. Come and learn how to maneuver these boats in a safe environment. Information and booking instructions are available on the website.

Nautical Activities and Trails
The boat trip service on the waters of the Lachine Canal offered by The Little Ship offers the opportunity to explore the port of Montreal waterway to the gourmet stop at the Atwater Market. 22Dragonsone of from Canada largest dragon boat racing clubs, is also continuing its activities this summer on the canal. And if you want to see the city from another angle, H2O Adventures offers a wide range of safe boats ranging from electric boats to kayaks, not to mention pedal boats.

NEW: Paddleboarding is now permitted on the Lachine Canal. Make sure you have the right equipment to have fun safely. Paddleboarding is permitted on a 12 km course between locks nos. 2 and 5. You must be in possession of your season pass for non-motorized watercraft before venturing on the waters of the canal.

Prefer to keep both feet on the ground? MyBicycle offers bicycle rental and repair services a few steps from the Atwater Market. Fancy a well-deserved break? The team at Canal lounge offers you a complete taste experience aboard its barge. All aboard!

The Parks Canada website provides detailed information on what visitors can expect, how to prepare for a visit, and what services may be available. Visitors are urged to plan ahead by checking the website before traveling, heed the advice of public health experts, and follow all signage and direction from Parks Canada employees. The health and safety of visitors and employees is of the utmost importance and Parks Canada continues to follow the advice, guidance and requirements of public health authorities and experts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Parks Canada the staff is happy to welcome visitors and regulars back to discover all that the canal has to offer this summer!


“As Canadians, we are fortunate to live in a country with such diverse landscapes and rich history. Each of the protected areas in Parks Canada’s network of places is an ideal gateway to discover, learn and connect with natural and cultural heritage. As summer approaches, I encourage all Canadians to get out and explore places like the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, to walk in the footsteps of history and enjoy the important physical benefits and mentals of being outside.

The Honorable Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada

“Parks Canada prides itself on providing high quality and meaningful visitor experiences across the country. The Parks Canada team works extremely hard to ensure that each person leaves with memories that will last a lifetime. We are delighted to welcome back and returning visitors to the Lachine Canal National Historic Site this season, to help them create new memories and discover all that this precious place has to offer. »

Ron Hallman
President and CEO, Parks Canada

Fast facts

  • A link between city and nature, the Lachine Canal is located in the southwestern part of Montreal. Its 13.5 kilometer urban layout extends between the Old Port and Lake Saint-Louis, a waterway punctuated by five locks. Along its banks, a linear vegetated urban park is lined with remnants of the industrial era of the canal’s rise. Throughout the year, a varied program of events makes this historic site a privileged place to experience with family or friends.
  • On May 17, 2002, several dignitaries gathered at Lock No. 5 in Lachine to take part in the inauguration ceremony for the opening of the canal to pleasure boating. A large crowd took part in the colorful and popular celebration organized for the occasion.
  • There is no tour fee to access the canal grounds and to watch the boats that cruise the canal.

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