To the delight of merchants, the Carillon Canal - built on the Ottawa River for military purposes - opened in 1833. Located 100 kilometres from Montreal and 130 kilometres from Ottawa, the canal is today a pleasure boating waterway.
You'll be intrigued by the manoeuvres made by boats using the lock, which enables them to navigate a 20-metre drop in only 40 minutes!
Then, head off to explore the former barracks that now house a museum.
230 du Barrage Street
Saint-André-d'Argenteuil QC J0V 1X0
Hours of operation
The national historic site is open every day of the year from sunrise to 11 p.m.
The navigation season runs from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving (mid-May to mid-October).
Free site acces.
Some fees apply for locking and overnight mooring.
The massive, 200-tonne guillotine gate opens, the basin fills with water and the boat is raised or lowered 20 vertical metres in just 40 minutes. And all this in a tranquil rural setting. To witness this impressive manoeuvre, go to the Carillon lock!
Carillon Barracks National Historic Site
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Rideau Canal National Historic Site
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