Learn-to Paddle

Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Parks Canada welcomes you to the Hangar 1825 and the Peel Basin of the Lachine Canal for a free introduction to paddle sports. Certified instructors will teach you the basics techniques of paddling and controlling a canoe or kayak in calm water safely.


Canoe Experience - From June 13 to September 5

 Meeting point : Hangar 1825
Smiling man in a canoe on the Lachine Canal

Activity details

  • Groups must be composed of 2 people who are able to paddle, including a responsible adult. Children 10 years and older can be considered as 2nd paddler.
  • 3 adults per canoe, or 2 adults and 2 children. (5 years and older)
  • Learn-to Paddle is aimed at beginners with little or no experience, a good physical condition is necessary to paddle properly.

Equipment provided

  • Canoe
  • Personal floatation device
  • Small waterproof bag to store your personal items

Important information

  • Please arrive 5 minutes before the activity starts.
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing.
  • You must bring your own water bottle, hat, sunscreen and snacks.
  • Restrooms, refreshment stands and picnic tables are available nearby.
  • Attention cyclists: bike racks are available for participants. Bring your own lock.
  • The activity is not recommended for people who can't swim and/or are afraid of water.
  • The activity is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
  • Animals are not allowed in the canoes.

How to get to the Hangar 1825?
Learn-to paddle map

To get to Learn-to Paddle activity by public transportation or by car, follow these Google directions.

Then, walk to meet the Parks Canada paddling team at the Hangar 1825. No parking on site. It is available on nearby streets.

Questions? Call us at 514-240-8693.

Kayak Experience

 Meeting point : Mill parking at Peel basin
Couple en kayak sur le canal de Lachine.

Activity details

  • Kayaking can be done solo or in pairs
  • Minimum age required for solo: 16 years old
  • Kayaking in pairs can be done with 2 adults or 1 adults and one child (minimum age required 5 years old)
  • Learn-to Paddle is aimed at beginners with little or no experience, a good physical condition is necessary to paddle properly.

Equipment provided

  • Kayak
  • Personal floatation device
  • Small waterproof bag to store your personal items

Important information

  • Please arrive 5 minutes before the activity starts.
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing.
  • You must bring your own water bottle, hat, sunscreen and snacks.
  • Restrooms, refreshment stands and picnic tables are available nearby.
  • Attention cyclists: bike racks are available for participants. Bring your own lock.
  • The activity is not recommended for people who can't swim and/or are afraid of water.
  • The activity is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.
  • Animals are not allowed in the canoes.

How do I get to the Peel Basin?
Carte - Initiation au kayak - Bassin Peel

To get to the "Kayak Experience" activity by subway or by car, follow these Google directions..

Then, walk to meet the Parks Canada paddling team at the Mill area next to the bank of the Peel Basin. Paid parking is available. It is also possible to park in the surrounding streets. 

Questions? Call us at 514-240-8693.


You already know how to canoe and kayak?

It is possible to bring your own equipment or to rent boat at the canal. See the Canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddling page for more details.

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