Carillon Canal National Historic Site

Opened in 1833, the Carillon Canal was initially built for military purposes. Located 100 kilometres from Montreal, the canal is today a pleasure boating waterway. You'll be amazed by the lock and its guillotine gate, which enable to navigate a 20-metre drop!

Parks Canada would like to remind users of the importance avoiding approaching the lock; there is a real risk of falling.

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Learn-to Fish

Children aged 6 to 17 are invited to take part in a free Learn-to Fish activity.

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History : Along the water

The history of the Carillon Canal.

Visiting Carillon Canal National Historic Site

Activities and experiences

Things to do, tour, programs and itineraries.

Plan your visit

How to get there, fees, hours of operation, passes, permits, guidelines and more.

Lockage and navigation

Information on navigation and lockage: routes, night mooring and much more.

About Carillon Canal National Historic Site

Culture and history

History, archeology, cultural landscape, architecture, historic engineering.

Nature and science

Conservation and science, animals, plants, the environment, and research.

Stewardship and management

Jobs, communications, partners, occupancy permits, public consultations, plans and policies and more!

How to get here

Joindre le lieu historique national du Canal-de-Carillon

General inquiries:

514-283-6054 or 1-888-773-8888



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Hours of operation

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More places to discover with Parks Canada

Carillon Barracks National Historic Site

Today, there is little sign of the military occupation – after the garrison departed, the building was renovated and served as a hotel for travelers. Since 1940, it has housed the Argenteuil Regional Museum.

Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site

The Coteau-du-Lac site is a natural stop for history lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. As the first fortified lock structure in North America, the canal is the direct ancestor of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site

Discover the strategies behind the significant day of October 26, 1813 when outnumbered Canadian troops defeated the invading American army. Ride 14 kilometres by bike or car across the actual battlefield!

Manoir Papineau National Historic Site

Classified as a historic monument, the Manoir-Papineau immerses visitors into the heart of the 19th century with its romantic allure of a feudal castle on a riverbank. Explore the magnificent gardens, admire the barn, and take time to reflect in the funeral chapel.

Rideau Canal National Historic Site

An historic 19th century military waterway linking rivers and lakes across Eastern Ontario’s countryside, the Rideau Canal is now a popular natural playground, perfect for boating, paddling, fishing, camping, hiking and cycling the canal’s wooded pathways.

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