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2017 boating season
Parks Canada's Historic Canals in Quebec

 

CHAMBLY (Quebec), May 17, 2017 – Parks Canada announces the gradual opening of the 2017 boating season on Parks Canada's historic canals in Quebec. Due to the recent exceptional flooding that affected facilities, the opening to boating will be delayed in some locations and sites will remain closed to visitors along the banks for an indefinite period.

 

Chambly Canal National Historic Site

The Chambly Canal will welcome recreational boaters for the boating season from Friday, May 19th until Monday, October 9th, 2017.

Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

The Saint-Ours Canal will welcome recreational boaters for the boating season from Friday, May 19th until Monday, October 9th, 2017. It should be noted that the facilities located on Darvard Island will be closed to visitors along the banks as well as to recreational boaters for an indefinite period. Parks Canada is asking for the cooperation of visitors in complying with the traffic signs in place.

Lachine Canal National Historic Site

The Lachine Canal will welcome recreational boaters for the boating season from Friday, May 26th until Monday, October 9th, 2017. It should be noted visitors along the banks can still enjoy their favourite outdoor activities, since the canal path remains accessible at all times and activity partners will start their activities on May 20th.

Carillon Canal National Historic Site

The Carillon Canal will welcome recreational boaters for the boating season from Friday, May 26th until Monday, October 9th, 2017. It should be noted that the Carillon Canal Park will be closed to visitors along the banks and that some wharves will not be accessible to recreational boaters for an indefinite period. Parks Canada is asking for the cooperation of visitors in complying with the traffic signs in place.

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site

The Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal as well as the park are currently closed to visitors along the banks and on the waterway. Parks Canada will inform the population of the reopening of facilities as soon as possible.

 

Parks Canada is making every effort to ensure the rehabilitation and safe operation of the historic canal facilities and will inform the population of their reopening as soon as possible. The Agency is seeking the cooperation and support of all users in showing their understanding exercising caution, and complying with the temporary traffic signs.

For further details on the service periods and the opportunities for discovery on Quebec's historic canals, Parks Canada invites you to consult parkscanada.gc.ca/canals or contact 1-888-773-8888.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, admission to all the parks and national historic sites is free for the year 2017 on presentation of the Discovery card. As part of Parks Canada network of historic sites and national parks, the national historic canals offer more than a million recreational boaters and visitors exceptional visitor services and recreational and heritage experiences.

 


Lowering of the water level in the Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Montréal, Quebec, October 3, 2016 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that the water level will be completely lowered in the Lachine Canal starting October 12, 2016. The canal will remain dry until the last week of December 2016 in order to allow inspections and repairs on the canal’s structures.

Parks Canada will invest more than 173 million dollars over five years at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. This major investment will result in the upgrading of a number of structural components of this navigable waterway and will improve the experience of the more than one million people who visit this exceptional site each year.

Marc Bergevin recounts his memories of the Lachine Canal

Montréal Canadiens general manager recounts his memories of the Lachine Canal in one of Parks Canada’s red chairs Montréal Canadiens general manager recounts his memories of the Lachine Canal in one of Parks Canada’s red chairs

New season in this emblematic location of Montréal

June 2, 2016, Montréal, Québec, Parks Canada Agency

To launch the new season, Parks Canada is unveiling unpublished video clips in which public figures recount their memories of the Lachine Canal. To begin, immerse yourself in the childhood of Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin to discover the origins of his attachment to this emblematic Montreal location. And this summer, take advantage of the activities and events that are offered there to add your story to those of the Lachine Canal and live unforgettable moments at the site!

Marc Bergevin recounts the Lachine Canal

Parks Canada has invited a number of individuals to share their memories of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, while seated in a red Adirondack chair. In the video capsule launched today, the General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens recalls the history of his family in the Lachine Canal neighbourhood and the reasons that led him to return after an absence of 30 years. Other capsules will be released this summer to reveal the memories of public figures at this Montreal landmark.

Since 2015, the Parks Canada red chairs have allowed visitors to the Lachine Canal to enjoy breathtaking views of Montreal and the structural elements that comprise its rich heritage. Take the opportunity to share your moment of relaxation with the hashtag #TimeToConnect!

THE summer destination in the heart of Montreal

This summer promises to be an exciting one at the Lachine Canal with surprising events and outdoor activities offered every day. Among the programmed events is the absolute must Learn to Camp which will be held on 18th and 19th of June at Parks Canada's Esplanade du Centenaire, at the same time as the very popular Montréal Folk Fest on the Canal. Take a ride in an electric boat on the waters of the canal with Le Petit Navire, bike on one of the most beautiful urban paths in the world using the bike rental services of Ma Bicyclette and see Montréal in a different way aboard one of the vessels of H2O Adventures. Take advantage of your crossing to stock up on fresh produce at Atwater Market and picnic on the banks. New this year: meet at the Canal Lounge floating café to quench your thirst in a unique setting.

Quotes

"With the [Lachine] Canal being all [re]done, with the biking, the jogging, I think it is a nice place to live. You get the Atwater Market, which is right here. I just love being here; I feel like it’s home!"

Marc Bergevin, Vice President and General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens

"To mark the new season at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, Parks Canada is excited to present these video clips that highlight this treasure of our cultural heritage. This is an original way to invite the population to the Lachine Canal this summer to take part in activities in the open air while getting close to nature and learning more about our rich history."

Luc-André Mercier, Director, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada


The facts in brief

  • The General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens, Marc Bergevin, recounts his childhood memories of the Lachine Canal in an unprecedented video capsule.
  • With surprising events and outdoor activities offered daily in an exceptional setting, the Lachine Canal is THE summer destination in the heart of Montreal.
  • Enjoy the Lachine Canal's red chairs to see Montreal in a different way and add your story to those of the Lachine Canal by sharing your photo with the hashtag #TimeToConnect.
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The Government of Canada announces new investment in Parks Canada’s historic canals in Quebec

The Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, and Luc-André Mercier, Director of the Quebec Waterways The Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, and Luc-André Mercier, Director of the Quebec Waterways

March 29, 2016, Montréal, Quebec, Parks Canada Agency

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, today announced an investment of more than $170 million to protect and preserve Parks Canada’s five historic canals in Quebec.

Canada’s National Parks are a vital part of who we are as a country – they bring our communities together and represent our shared heritage.

Today’s major investment will be used to conduct reconstruction work on the walls of the Lachine Canal, on the impressive lock of the Carillon Canal, and on the locks and bridges of the Chambly Canal. The funding will also be allocated to rehabilitate and reconstruct heritage-value buildings – such as the Chambly Canal superintendent’s house – and to build structures that preserve biodiversity, such as the Vianney-Legendre Fish Ladder on the Saint Ours Canal. Finally, service areas and footpaths will be built for the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal, in order to increase the experience for all visitors.

The Government of Canada will continue to make investments in our environment to ensure that our children and grandchildren are left with a country even more beautiful, sustainable, and prosperous than the one we have now.

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“Through this significant investment, our government is protecting and preserving these treasured places, while supporting local economies, contributing to growth in the tourism sector, and enhancing the charm and attractiveness of these heritage sites. I encourage Canadians to visit and experience Parks Canada’s special places and to enjoy the outdoors, while learning about our rich history and heritage.”

- The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Parks Canada is the largest provider of natural and cultural tourism products in Canada and its destinations form the cornerstones of the Canadian tourism industry.
  • The Lachine Canal, which draws more than 1.2 million visitors, is an important gathering place and tourist attraction in Montreal.
  • National Historic canals are a defining feature of Canada and encourage communities and visitors to discover their beautiful landscapes, recreational opportunities and unique connection to our history.
  • Parks Canada is present in hundreds of communities across Canada and contributes approximately $3 billion dollars to the Canadian economy every year. Parks Canada’s overall contribution to the Canadian economy is responsible for more than 40,000 jobs from coast to coast to coast.
  • Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

The Lachine Canal in the heart of Montréal

The Lachine Canal in the Heart of Montréal

Transcript

(Start of video showing Parks Canada identifiers. Start of continuous music.

Montréal, Quebec, Canada, a few minutes before dusk, on a summer day. In the sky, a few clouds in the distance. Fast-moving images show a view of the Peel Basin, located on the Lachine Canal’s National Historic Site. In the background, a glimpse of the Bonaventure Expressway and a factory with its “FARINE FIVE ROSES” flashing sign.

The title of the video “The Lachine Canal in the Heart of Montreal” fades in and fades out.

A sign on a lamppost reads: Ici, aujourd’hui : UN LIEU HISTORIQUE NATIONAL – Here, now : A NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE – CANAL-DE-LACHINE CANAL.

The camera pans downward: a cyclist and a jogger are seen along the Canal’s path. We catch a glimpse of downtown Montreal in the background.

A train crosses the Canal on the rail line, people are relaxing. Many bicycles are parked alongside a bicycle rental and repair shop.

Discussion between the manager and a customer.

Bicycles are hanging from the ceiling. A bicycle repairman is hard at work.

Two kayaks and a life jacket storage area.

A large “L”-shaped wharf is used for mooring small electric boats, canoes, and pedal boats.

Two kayakers sharing the same kayak paddle along the Canal.

Three young people navigate an electric boat on the Canal. In the background, people who live along the Canal are relaxing on its banks.

View from inside a rabaska canoe with seven rowers. The Charlevoix Bridge can be seen in the background.

Consecutive images of two mobile food trucks serving customers.

Two people are sitting at a picnic table enjoying their meal.

An American Robin flies off, leaving the grassy area alongside the Canal’s path.

Lachine Canal National Historic Site sign with a glimpse of the Atwater Market in the back ground.

In the heart of the market, we see flowers, different types of vendors selling food, such as fruit, and transactions between vendors and customers.

Three women dressed in New France colonial period costume are chatting with another woman wearing a hat and carrying an advertising leaflet.

Pedestrians can be seen on the Canal’s gravel path. In the background, the Atwater Market footbridge.

A man, standing with his back to the camera, strikes a pose next to his bicycle along the Canal’s banks.

A female jogger runs toward the camera.

Two young women enjoy a snack on a bench located along the Canal’s banks.

A large stage with several people waiting for a concert in front of it.

A concert is underway. A young girl is sitting on her father’s shoulders, with her back to the camera. They are looking at the concert stage.

A few minutes before dusk, fast-moving images present the comings and goings of those who are in front of the stage.

Official Parks Canada credits. End of music.)

One of the most beautiful urban circuit in the world!
One of the most beautiful urban circuit in the world!
© Parks Canada

Canal’s Path Maintenance

The Lachine Canal’s path is maintained from April 15th to November 15th each year.

The Lachine Canal National Historic Site’s path was ranked third among the world’s top urban cycling trips by the American magazine TIME.

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Did you know?

The Lachine Canal path was inaugurated in 1978. Part of its route follows the former towpath built when the canal opened in 1825. This path was used by horses that towed or pulled dismasted sailing vessels between Lachine and the Old Port.