Discovery activities

Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Interpretation displays and industry memorial

Starting at Lock No. 1 in the Old Port of Montreal, follow history along the canal and the industry which dominated the surrounding area for more than a century will be revealed to you.

Xplorers program

The Xplorers Program is dedicated to children visiting with their families. It offers entertaining activities suited for their age, and allows them to discover the natural and historic treasures of Canada.

When they arrive at the Saint-Gabriel Lock (under Des Seigneurs Bridge), children will receive an Xplorers activity workbook to help guide their visit. Once they have completed a set number of experiences, they will receive a certificate and a souvenir as tokens of their success. The program is free of charge.

This national program is offered in more than 60 parks, sites and marine conservation areas in the Parks Canada network. Activities will vary from place to place according to the unique qualities of each location.


How the locks operate

Close to the Maison des Éclusiers (lock keeper's house), you can familiarise yourself with the lockage while discovering the spectacular site of the number 1 and number 2 locks.

The local interpretive panels are a great occasion for cyclists and pedestrians to learn about the history of the Lachine canal.

The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site

Just steps from the Lachine Canal, relive one of the most exciting episodes in Canadian history in an old fur warehouse built in 1803. As you browse around the pelt bales, cases of goods and barrels of provisions you will discover all the ins and outs of a trade that has long been the main economic motor of the country. This fun-filled, interactive exhibition will charm both young and old alike.

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An outing in the South-West

The Musée de Lachine

Partially housed in the Leber-Lemoyne House, one of the oldest on the island, the museum presents historical exhibitions and works by contemporary artists.

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The Fleming Mill

Relive another era and take the opportunity to visit the only English windmill in the Montréal region.

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The Maison Saint-Gabriel

Over 300 years of history haunt the walls of this superb old house, which served as a refuge for the Filles du Roy.

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