Visitor safety

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site

Nautical safety

Historic Canals Regulations, Small Vessels Regulations and Collision Regulations are in force in all historic canals.

Winter visitor safety

Visitor safety is a top priority for Parks Canada. Here are some guidelines to enjoy your winter visit safely.

Sick or injured animals

Are you in the presence of a sick or injured animal at the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site? Here are the safety instructions to...

Ticks and Lyme disease

The risk of Lyme disease infection is significant in the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal area. Find out how to recognize the blacklegged tick.

Avian Flu

Avian influenza is a disease transmitted by wild birds across Canada, but it can affect all species of birds. Learn to recognize the signs of infection.

Visitor safety is a top priority for Parks Canada and the Agency takes all the necessary measures to ensure that visitors of the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site have a safe and enjoyable experience, in addition to protecting the heritage value of the site.

The management measures put in place by Parks Canada, such as the presence of field personnel and signage, help preserve a sound atmosphere while making the cohabitation between the different users of the site more harmonious. Caution is always advised to help maintain the safety of the site and reduce the risk of incidents.

For general information about how to stay safe when enjoying the outdoors, visit AdventureSmart.

Use of drones

All Parks Canada places are ‘no drone zones’ for recreational use. If you do not possess a permit or special permission to fly your drone in a Parks Canada place, please leave your drone at home.

Learn more about our drone usage rules.

To plan your visit at the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal, browse the links found below.

Non-motorized boats

Canoes and kayaks are welcome on the canal. Learn these tricks before launching your boat.

Locking through safely

Consult the technical data and the procedures to take when locking through.

Historic Canals Regulations, Small Vessels Regulations and Collision Regulations apply in all historic canals.

It is the responsibility of pleasure boat operators to stay informed of and familiar with the regulations in effect in historic canals. Certain activities are prohibited in a canal. Users must demonstrate judgment and civic-mindedness on Parks Canada sites at all times.

The following list of regulations is not exhaustive:

  • The nautical speed limit on canals is 10 km/h and the boat operator must control its wake;
  • Domestic animals must be kept on a leash at all times;
  • Excessive noise is prohibited on historic canals between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.;
  • It is prohibited to fish less than 10 m from a lock or from an approach wharf, or on a bridge over the canal;
  • It is prohibited to jump, dive, or swim in the canal and in the approach wharfs.

Visitors who ignore the regulations risk a fine, revocation of their permit, or legal action.

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