Culture and history

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site

Gateway to the Ottawa River

Historic facts about the construction of the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue canal.

How locks work

How boat lifts, conventional and hydraulic locks work

Vegetable oils for the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue locks

Parks Canada conducted a pollution prevention project in March 2002, replacing the hydraulic mineral oils used at the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue locks with...

Old lock door

An old lock gate was pulled out from the rapids of Lac Saint-Louis, near the lock of the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue-Canal. Learn more about this amazing...

The construction of canals in Quebec reached its peak in the 19th century. For over 100 years, these canals would play an important role in the economic development of Canada.

Go through the lock of history and travel Quebec's Historic Canals to find out how our country was built!


The Sainte-Anne- de-Bellevue Canal is part of a huge network of canals that boats can use to bypass natural obstacles like rapids and shoals on three major waterways: the St. Lawrence River, the Richelieu River and the Ottawa River.


Discover how locks work, and the specific aspects of the Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue lock.

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