Cycling on one of the world’s most beautiful routes!

Ranked among the world’s most beautiful urban routes by Time magazine in 2009, the Lachine Canal offers a flat path away from the city’s automobile traffic.

This 14,5 km urban path will bring you from Old Port to Lachine.


BioBlitz Canada 150

Create close links with nature this summer by participating in BioBlitz Canada 150! This summer, take part in a national inventory of fauna and flora for the Country's 150th anniversary.

Interested?

  • Download the free iNaturalist mobile app.
  • Create an account.
  • Take photos of the plants and animals you stumble upon during your walks along the canal.

Join the movement and create your own Canada's "nature selfie". #Bioblitz150 These activities are intended for Nature Nerds as well as families, Nature Nerds and groups of friends.


Family Picnic
A family picnic

Picnic areas

Make the most of your visit! Rest areas and picnic tables are provided along the canal.

Parkings, public phones, restrooms and drinking fountains are also available on spot.

Fires and barbecues are prohibited.

A Pause on the Shore
A pause on the bank

The footpath

A trail reserved exclusively for walkers extends the entire length of the canal.

This footpath covered with rock dust and entirely flat, is easily accessible for mobility impaired people.

Monumental Sculptures
Monumental sculptures

Great parks near the Canal

René-Lévesque Park

An exceptional site jutting out between Lake Saint-Louis and the canal entrance. Attractions include pedestrian and bicycle paths, an outdoor garden with 43 monumental sculptures and an arboretum.

A willow grove on a small island near the Lachine Rapids
Des Rapides Park in LaSalle

Des Rapides Park in LaSalle

Approach the Lachine Rapids and discover their history in a spectacular site recognized as a migratory bird sanctuary.


Canal Lounge

some desserts in a boat with seats

All summer

New this summer at the Atwater Market dock, the Canal Lounge floating café welcomes visitors on the waters of the Lachine Canal in a cozy and intimate atmosphere, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Whether it is for a snack or a drink, children and adults alike can enjoy the original setting provided by this converted riverboat to have a good time. Users of small boats (canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, etc.) can even get service directly on the water by stopping by the side of the unique floating restaurant docked at the Lachine Canal. Cheers!


Terrasse Rossi

bikes and red chairs

All summer

For those that desire to refreshen their summer days with a cool glass of sangria accompanied with a Italian-style panini, sandwich or salad, make sure to pass by Terrasse Rossi, bordering the Lachine Canal. Open from Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Terrasse Rossi offers a relaxing ambiance, as well as a variety of options for drinks and meals. A perfect space to discover and enjoy with your friends or family!

Terrasse Rossi is located at the entrance of the Lachine Canal, at 500 Chemin des Iroquois, in the Lachine borough. Please note that the establishment might close in case of bad weather.

Outdoor chess

Outdoor chess on the banks of the Lachine Canal

All summer long

Loisir Saint-Henri invites you to play outdoor chess under the big top behind the Atwater Market, on the banks of the Lachine Canal.

Games will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays, and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday nights.

How fast can you checkmate your opponent?


Free wireless Internet at the Atwater Quay

Wi-Fi

To the delight of recreational boaters, waterfront residents, and tourists in southwestern Montreal, Parks Canada offers free wireless Internet access at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site’s Atwater Quay, at the corner of Atwater Avenue and Saint-Ambroise Street.

Wi-Fi is available daily throughout the summer season during the Parks Canada kiosk’s business hours. Visitors are invited to obtain the required password on-site.


Protection of the environment

Environmental management policy

Plantation of Trees
Plantation of trees

To fulfill its mandate, Parks Canada commits to manage its operations in a way that maintains the ecological and commemorative integrity of Canada's national parks. In so doing it makes a major contribution to the federal government's sustainable development strategy.

Further information

If you witness a situation of concern that goes against our policy, please contact us.


Partner in environment

Pro-Vert Sud-Ouest logo

Pro-Vert Sud-Ouest is a nonprofit organization that promotes quality of life through beautification, cleanliness and recycling initiatives. This Lachine Canal partner is proud to organize cleaning and gardening activities with its volunteers.

Further Information


Team building services

Take advantage of the Lachine Canal’s outstanding setting for team building activities! Take advantage of the Lachine Canal’s outstanding setting for team building activities!
May to October

Employers can take advantage of the good weather and the Lachine Canal’s outstanding setting for team building activities!

To promote learning and co-operation among employees, organizations can choose from a number of programs built around fun and appealing outdoor activities such as the extremely popular BBQ Challenge and dragon-boat races.

Check out the following links to plan your next team activity: