Learn-to Winter

Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Due to weather conditions, Learn-to Winter activities are cancelled for the 2024 season.

For the third year running, the Parks Canada team welcomes you to Hangar 1825 at the Lachine Canal for a free introduction to winter outdoor activities. On the program: initiation to cross-country skiing workshops for children aged 4 to 12, free snowshoe and fatbike rentals, and entertainment. A great idea for family activities this winter!

Cross-country skiing initiation

Young boy for first time with cross-country skis on fresh snow falls in winter

Children aged 4 to 12 will have the opportunity to try cross-country skiing for free during the spring break.

With Parks Canada teams at their side, they will learn the basic skills of cross-country skiing, as well as how to choose the right equipment. It's the perfect way to get outside and enjoy the winter season! The boots and skis needed for this activity will be loaned to participants free of charge.

An instructor helps a young child put on snowshoes in a snowy day.

To take part, you must reserve your place to guarantee a memorable winter experience for your children.


In order to offer learning adapted to children's abilities, fixed time slots are reserved for specific age groups.

Spring Break 2024

Due to weather conditions, Learn-to Winter activities are cancelled for the 2024 season.

Important information

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts.
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Restrooms and picnic tables are available at Hangar 1825.
  • You must bring your own water bottle and snacks.
How to dress for winter activities

For an enjoyable experience, wear appropriate winter clothing for the outdoors and weather conditions. In addition to a winter coat and snow pants, choose wool or polyester clothing. Remember that you will be warm during the activity. Here are some of the items you should wear:

  • Good dry socks (bring an extra pair and change socks before the activity)
  • Multi-layered basic clothing
  • A neck warmer
  • A toque
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Sunglasses, as needed and depending on the weather

For fat biking, we recommend:

  • A hat without a pompom that allows you to put on a bicycle helmet
  • Warm boots that are soft and comfortable
  • Five-finger gloves to facilitate braking and gear changes

Please note that you can use your own bike helmet for the activity.

Have fun!

How to get to Hangar 1825
Map showing how to get to Hangar 1825

The Hangar 1825 is on the north side of the canal, between the Atwater footbridge and the Saint-Gabriel Lock . You must walk to the building from Des Seigneurs Street or from Des Éclusiers Street.

There is no parking space at the Hangar 1825. Parking spots are available in the surrounding streets.


For more details please contact us by email at: initiationcamping-learntocamp.pc@pc.gc.ca.


Learn-to cross-country skiing at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site

Groupe d'enfants qui apprennent le ski de fond avec un moniteur. 

Would you like to take part in our outdoor initiation workshops earlier this winter?

Our teams will be at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site on weekends in January and February 2024. Come and meet our teams and play outdoors with them - red cheeks and fun guaranteed! Visit the Chambly Canal National Historic Site page for more information.

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