Government of Canada Investing in the Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Multi-million dollar improvement to the lighting system for the Lachine Canal path

June 20, 2017, Montreal, Quebec, Parks Canada Agency

Parks Canada is responsible for protecting and presenting nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to experience the outdoors and discover our rich and varied history.

Des cyclistes sur la voie de droite d'une piste cyclable, des piétons sur la piste de gauche, des arbres et du soleil.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $9 million to rebuild the lighting system of the Lachine Canal path.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $9 million over the next three years to rebuild the lighting system along the Lachine Canal path. Members of Parliament, Marc Miller (Ville-Marie – Le Sud-Ouest – Îles-des-Sœurs and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities), David Lametti (LaSalle – Émard – Verdun and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development) and Anju Dhillon (Dorval – Lachine – LaSalle) made the announcement together on behalf of Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.

This investment will guarantee a safe, high-quality experience for the more than one million yearly visitors to this remarkable urban park in the heart of Montreal. This project involves replacing the entire underground distribution system for lighting along the canal path that dates from 1978. More than 400 lampposts will also be replaced over the next three years to provide pleasant, secure and reliable lighting for visitors. The new LED lamp models will contribute to the sound environmental management of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site and a reduction in energy costs.

The rebuilding of the lighting system is in addition to numerous other infrastructure projects recently completed or planned over the next few years along the Lachine Canal, including the rehabilitation of footbridges and tunnels, the rebuilding of canal walls, and the rebuilding of Locks 1 and 2.

The Government is very pleased to offer free admission for all visitors to national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada in 2017 to celebrate Canada 150. This also includes free lockage on the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. Just as admission fees give visitors access to the wonders of national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas, lockage fees give boaters access to Parks Canada’s historic waterways.

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“The Government of Canada is committed to protecting and preserving our national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas. In addition to supporting local economies and the tourism industry, infrastructure investments at Parks Canada places, support safe, enjoyable experiences for visitors. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, I invite Canadians to experience the history and beauty of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site in the heart of Montreal.”

Marc Miller,
Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie—Le Sud-Ouest—Île-des-Sœurs and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, investments in the protection and conservation of Canada’s treasured places take on an even more important meaning. Canada’s national parks and historic sites enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and will play a big part in Canada 150. I encourage all Canadians to take advantage of free admission and free lockage for boaters at Parks Canada places in Quebec in 2017, starting right here with the Lachine Canal National Historic Site.”

David Lametti,
Member of Parliament for LaSalle – Émard – Verdun and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“National parks and historic sites, like the Lachine Canal, represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are as a people. Our government is investing in the revitalization of federal infrastructure assets at Parks Canada places to help create middle class jobs and sustained economic growth, while ensuring high-quality and meaningful visitor experiences for years to come.”

Anju Dhillon,
Member of Parliament for Dorval – Lachine – LaSalle

Quick facts

  • As the government’s gift to Canadians for Canada 150, admission to all national parks, historic sites and national marine conservation will be free in 2017. This includes free lockage at the historic canals and waterways administered by Parks Canada.
  • With more than one million visitors, the Lachine Canal is an important gathering place in Montreal and a major tourist attraction.
  • A link between the city and nature, the Lachine Canal is located in the southwest section of Montreal. Its 14.5-kilometre urban route runs between the Old Port and Lake Saint-Louis, a navigable waterway punctuated by five locks. Along its banks, a linear green urban park is lined with vestiges of the industrial era when the canal boomed. Throughout the year, a varied schedule of activities makes this historic site a great place to experience with family or friends.
  • Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over five years to support infrastructure work to heritage, tourism, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. This investment will ensure these cherished places are protected and secured for the future.
    From June 12 to July 1, the public is invited to take part in the various consultation activities on the draft management plan for the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. For more information on the proposed vision and the consultation activities, and to complete the online questionnaire, visit www.consultationscanal.ca.

Associated documents

Backgrounder: Investment in the lighting system of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site (PDF,142 KO)
Backgrounder: Infrastructure projects completed along the Lachine Canal National Historic Site (PDF,160 KO)

Parks Canada invites the public to give their views on the draft management plan for the Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Two cyclists on Lachine Canal path with skyscrapers in the background

June 12, 2017 Montreal, Quebec Parks Canada Agency

Parks Canada is pleased to invite the public to give their views on the draft management plan for the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. A founding infrastructure that has shaped Montreal’s history, this 14.5 kilometre waterway—today used as a linear park and gathering place—played a key role in the development of Canada’s canal network connecting the heart of the continent to the Atlantic Ocean.

The draft management plan was developed with the benefit of a visioning exercise conducted in 2015 with a range of stakeholders. It contains strategies and key objectives for the management and operation of this National Historic Site for the next 10 to 15 years. The public is requested to comment on proposed aspects such as giving the Lachine Canal a strong and distinctive identity, increasing services, refreshing the visitor experience, mobilizing communities, and increasing awareness of the network of sites managed by Parks Canada.

The Agency today invites visitors, residents of adjacent neighbourhoods and Montrealers at large, partners and organizations who wish to make their voices heard to take part in the various consultation activities surrounding this draft plan. Those interested may consult a summary of the plan and comment on it online until July 1st, 2017, at the following site: consultationcanal.ca.

Kiosks will be set up in various locations to gather the opinions of citizens and visitors:

  • Thursdays, June 15th and June 22nd, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lionel-Groulx metro station.
  • The weekends of June 17-18 and June 24-25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Atwater kiosk by the Lachine Canal (southwest corner of Atwater and Saint-Ambroise streets); at Lock No. 1 in the Old Port of Montreal (near the Marché des Éclusiers located at 400 de la Commune West); and the Lachine Visitor Services Centre (500 Chemin des Iroquois, H8S 4H5).

This will also be a great opportunity to find out about the activities on offer as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations and to experience outdoors and learn more on our history.

Finally, a public meeting will take place on Monday, June 19th, at 7 p.m., in the Espace Canal room of the Château Saint-Ambroise, located at 4020 Saint-Ambroise Street. Those who would like to attend are invited to register online at UVNQ.commmunications@pc.gc.ca or by phone at 514-375-2724.

For more information about the proposed vision and consultation activities, and to fill out the online form, please visit consultationscanal.ca.

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“National parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas represent the very best that Canada has to offer and they belong to all Canadians. I invite everyone to share their views on the Lachine Canal Historic Site so that, together, we can build a vibrant plan and common vision for this unique and important place.”

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

Two kayakers on Lachine Canal with skyscrapers in the background

Quick facts

  • As a requirement of the Canada National Parks Act, the management plans guide Parks Canada’s places management and are reviewed every 10 years.

  • Forging a link between the city and nature, the Lachine Canal is a magnificent 14.5 km-long urban park that runs through the heart of Montreal. The Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada commemorates the role played by the Lachine Canal in the 19th and 20th centuries at the forefront of the network of canals connecting the heart of the continent to the Atlantic Ocean via the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.

  • Visited by over a million people every year, the Lachine Canal is an important gathering place and a major tourist attraction in Montreal.

Associated links

www.consultationscanal.ca/en
Parks Canada
Lachine Canal National Historic Site


Information bulletin 

2017 boating season
Parks Canada's Historic Canals in Quebec

CHAMBLY (Quebec), June 2, 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 was 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 welcomes recreational boaters for the boating season since Friday, May 19th until Monday, October 9th, 2017.

Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

The Saint-Ours Canal welcomes recreational boaters for the boating season since Friday, May 19th until Monday, October 9th, 2017.

Lachine Canal National Historic Site

The Lachine Canal welcomes recreational boaters for the boating season since Friday, May 26th until Monday, October 9th, 2017.

Carillon Canal National Historic Site

The Carillon Canal welcomes recreational boaters for the boating season since Friday, May 26th until Monday, October 9th, 2017. It should be noted that the Carillon Canal Park is partly 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 will welcome recreational boaters for the boating season starting on Wednesday, June 7, until Monday, October 9th, 2017. It should be noted that the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal Park is partly 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.

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.


15 years, 15 reasons to love!

It has been 15 years already since one of Montreal's iconic places reopened its doors to navigation following an ambitious restoration project. Since then, season after season, the Lachine Canal has fascinated millions of visitors, for 1001 reasons. Today, to mark these 15 years, here are 15 reasons to love your Lachine Canal.

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Transcript

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

Opening of the lock's doors at the Lachine Canal

People aboard a ship

People cycling, rollerblading

A bird flies away

People who paddle on a canoe

Outdoor Camping Tents

People sitting on the red chairs

Redpath building

Outdoor show

An employee working in a food truck putting mayonnaise on a meatball

Outdoor show at night

Image of the Lachine Canal with on-screen writing:15 reasons to love, Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Official Parks Canada credits. End of music.)


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.

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"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!
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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.