Located west of Montreal, the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal connects Lake Saint-Louis and Lake des Deux-Montagnes. Opened in 1843, this waterway played an important commercial role in the shipping of lumber and the transport of immigrants. Today, the canal and its lock are used primarily by recreational boaters.

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Sail between Lake des Deux-Montagnes and Lake Saint-Louis

Sail along one of the largest waterways in the country by travelling the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal and lock, one of the busiest in Canada and gateway to the Montreal-Kingston waterway.

Charms and treats of Sainte-Anne Street

Enjoy the picturesque beauty of the historic site and relax for a while at one of the many restaurant terraces to watch boats travelling along the canal. Stroll bustling Sainte-Anne Street’s lovely and varied shops and businesses.

A special atmosphere

Stroll along the boardwalk, watch boats pass, admire the remains of the first canal, stop at a restaurant terrace or picnic in the greenspace.

Sites nearby

  • Carillon Canal National Historic Site

    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.

  • Carillon Barracks National Historic Site

    Opened in 1843, the Sainte-Anne Canal was the main entry point for the waterway between Montréal and Kingston. Take a trip through 150 years of history. Then go to the pier for a picnic and watch the lock in operation.

  • Lachine Canal National Historic Site

    A veritable open-air museum, the Lachine Canal recounts the beginnings of industrialization in Montreal. Explore the ingenuity of this 1825 structure. Follow its urban course, sail through the locks by boat, and enjoy an oasis in the city. 

  • Fort Chambly National Historic Site

    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.

  • Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site

    The only Victorian-style house open to the public in the city, Sir George-Étienne Cartier’s home in Old Montreal offers an opportunity to become better acquainted with one of the Fathers of Confederation.

Hours of operation

The national historic site is open every day of the year from sunrise to 11 pm. The navigation season runs from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving (mid-May to mid-October).
Complete schedule


Free lockage in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 514-457-5546
Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888
Email: info.canal@pc.gc.ca