Lachine Canal National Historic Site

The Lachine Canal is an iconic jewel located in the southwest of Montreal. Its 13.5-kilometre path runs between the Old Port and Lake Saint-Louis. The navigable waterway, the green urban park lined with industrial vestiges and the various activities on its banks make this site a great place to share.

Parks Canada would like to remind users of the importance of staying on the path and at all times avoid approaching footbridges and locks; there is a real risk of falling.

Learn-to Paddle

Discover paddle sports.

Parks Canada certified instructor who helps a family set up a tent.

Learn-to Camp Overnight experience

Come and learn the basics of an outdoor stay.

Lock & Paddle

Paddle and have fun on Parks Day on July 20!

Group of boats in lockage process

Lockage and navigation

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

Parks, locks and attractions

Enjoy a relaxing moment along the canal.

Paddle Sports

Navigation, safety and permits.

Visiting Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Activities and experiences

Things to do at Lachine Canal National Historic Site, such as upcoming events, initiation activities and more.

Plan your visit

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

Lockage and navigation

Navigate on the Lachine Canal and cross its 5 locks. Consult the maps, suggested routes and rates when planning your visit.

About Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Culture and history

Discover the history and cultural impact that the Lachine Canal has had on Montreal, Quebec and Canada.

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

Contact Lachine Canal National Historic Site

General inquiries:

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


Lock No. 5 (Lachine): 514-595-6594

Lock No. 1 (Old-Port): 514-496-1536

VHF-Canal 68 during hours of operation

Hours of operation

See the complete schedule


More places to discover with Parks Canada

The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site

Strategically located on the fur trade route, this storage building recounts the lives of the voyageurs. Stop in at this enchanting waterfront setting in Lachine and discover the inner workings of the trade that helped shape Canada.

Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site

The only Victorian-style house open to the public in the city, Sir George-Étienne Cartier’s home in Old Montreal offers an opportunity to become better acquainted with one of the Fathers of Confederation.

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site

Opened in 1843, the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal was the main entry point for the waterway between Montreal and Kingston. Take a trip through 150 years of history. Then go to the pier for a picnic and watch the lock in operation.

Chambly Canal National Historic Site

A mere 20 kilometres from Montreal, an oasis awaits cycling and outdoor enthusiasts: the Chambly Canal NationalHistoric Site. Observe the locks and bridges providing passage to boaters, and in August, admire the hot-air balloons darting between the clouds. It's magical.

Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

Stroll through Darvard Island and enjoy recognizing many species of trees and birds. Have a family picnic while watching the lockage of pleasure craft. Children will be fascinated by the fish ladder, a structure unlike anything else in the world. 

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