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Lachine Canal National Historic Site

2022

Winter activities along the Lachine Canal

Groomed path and cleared section will benefit outdoor enthusiasts all winter long

December 22, 2022 Montréal, Quebec - Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that again this winter, the path at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site will be groomed over nearly its entire length, a distance of 15 kilometres linking the Lachine, LaSalle, Le Sud-Ouest and Ville-Marie boroughs. In addition to the groomed winter trail, the north side of the path will be cleared of snow from Atwater Bridge to the Old Port. Grooming will be done by the Parks Canada team while snow removal along the section between the Atwater Market and de la Commune Street will be done by Le Sud-Ouest Borough.

It is important to note that certain conditions must be met before the trail can be groomed: the ground must be frozen, there must be sufficient snow accumulation and the weather forecast must be favourable. Once these conditions are met, snow will be compacted until the 20 centimetre base is in place.

The groomed path and cleared section will provide an opportunity not only for cyclists, but for everyone to practice various winter activities including fat biking, snowshoeing, running and walking. Restrooms will also be available to users at various locations along the winter trail.

Parks Canada works with partners to develop the recreational offerings at the Lachine Canal and to encourage the practice of outdoor winter activities for the year-round enjoyment of all visitors to this exceptional site in the heart of Montréal. Parks Canada would like to acknowledge the collaboration of the City of Montréal and its boroughs for their support in providing snow clearing along a section the path.

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Parks Canada is proud to collaborate with the City of Montréal to promote winter activities along the Lachine Canal and to see recreational tourism being developed in this exceptional location in the heart of Montréal. Thank you to everyone involved in the grooming and clearing of the winter path along the Lachine Canal National Historic Site.

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

We are happy to announce that the north side of the Lachine Canal’s path, between the Atwater Market and the Old Port, will be cleared of snow over a 2.3-kilometre distance. This agreement between le Sud-Ouest and Parks Canada represents a decisive step for active mobility in response to an increasing demand from the population for safe and easy to use cycling links during winter. This pilot project is part of a series of continued efforts, and demonstrates a strong collaboration between our two level of governments. The snow removal work will be done by CMS Entrepreneurs Généraux Inc., who was the lowest compliant bidder.

Benoit Dorais
Mayor of Le Sud-Ouest and Executive Committee Vice-Chair, City of Montréal

Parks Canada is going ahead with the Learn-to Camp Program at Lachine Canal this summer

July 8, 2022, Montréal, Quebec - Over the last few days, concerns have been raised in various medias about the Learn-to Camp Program planned for this summer at the Lachine Canal. 
Since 2011, Parks Canada has been offering various outdoor workshops at the Lachine Canal, such as canoeing, fishing and the basics of camping. These programs help people from different walks of life to discover and enjoy national parks and national historic sites while raising their awareness of the practice of outdoor activities in a safe and responsible manner. 

Parks Canada is sensitive to the situation of homelessness in the greater Montreal region and across the country, and is aware of the difficulties associated with affordable housing. In the coming weeks, the Agency is committed to meeting with local stakeholders and heads of organizations supporting people living in homelessness in order to begin discussions on the recently raised concerns. 

Parks Canada is going ahead with the Learn-to Camp Program at Lachine Canal this summer. This program will reach dozens of families in collaboration with various community organizations, including newcomers to Canada who are in the process of integrating into the Montreal community. This is a good opportunity for learning and social integration for the participants. In addition, events that have been planned with partner organizations will soon be held on the banks of the canal and we are counting on everyone's cooperation so that families taking part in this activity can have a positive experience. 

Learn-to Camp at the Lachine Canal is a special summer event organized by Parks Canada to introduce Montreal residents and visitors to safe outdoor activities. This is not an ongoing activity. Parks Canada does not offer regular camping along the Lachine Canal.

At the rate of $108 for four participants, this program extends over two days and includes learning practical techniques (setting up a tent, using a stove and lighting a campfire) and also important security techniques such as dealing with wildlife, fire safety and boating safety. Participants will also have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the local natural and cultural heritage through interpretive activities and outings on the water in canoes or kayaks. All the required material is lent to the participants for the duration of the activities. 

The Agency is proud to offer such experiences in urban settings, thus making it possible to reach people and families who often have low incomes and do not have the possibility of travelling outside of the city. The health and wellbeing of individuals are at the heart of this program which offers citizens the opportunity to get closer to nature and to understand all its value and benefits. 


Lachine Canal National Historic Site celebrates the 20th anniversary of its reopening to recreational boating

Many memories await you this summer in this legendary place in the heart of Montreal.

May 24, 2022, Montréal, Quebec - Whether you’re looking for adventure, fun activities for the whole family, an opportunity to explore history, or a break from everyday life, Parks Canada has 450,000 km² of protected areas with countless unique experiences to suit your needs.

On May 20th, the province’s national historic canals will officially began welcoming boaters for the 2022 tourism season. Places that evoke stories, characters, voyageurs, and beautiful waterways await you. Discover them on foot, by bicycle, by boat or on rollerblades. There’s something for everyone, from the youngest to the wisest!

Lachine Canal National Historic Site: 20 Years Later

This year, Parks Canada celebrates the 20th anniversary of the reopening of this canal that was closed to navigation for three decades. Previously used for commercial purposes, it is now used by boaters from all over.

Since 2002, many visitors have pulled up anchor every year in this historic canal to enjoy the beauty of its scenery, the warm rays of the summer sun and the exciting programming that animates this exceptional site located in the heart of Montreal.

Learn-to Camp...

Once again this summer, Parks Canada is offering a Learn-to Camp program in an urban setting. The intent of the program is to introduce camping to people who have little to no experience, in order to pique their interest in exploring our national parks and nature. Located on a small island of greenery on the shores of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, a few steps from the Old Port, the program offers overnight stays with outdoor cooking workshops, games and activity circuits that will entertain all generations. Kayak and canoe trips will also be offered to participants, not to mention the traditional campfire with marshmallows. Several overnight stays are scheduled on July and August weekends. All information, reservation terms and conditions, fees, and detailed programming are available on the Lachine Canal website.

... and Paddle!

Following the great success of this activity last summer, Parks Canada is not only proud to announce the return of the introduction to canoeing experience but is also pleased to offer an introduction to kayaking on the Lachine Canal. All summer long, certified Parks Canada instructors will teach you the basics of canoeing and kayaking. Come and learn how to handle these boats in a safe environment. Information and reservations instructions can be found on the website.

Nautical and Trail Activities

The boat ride service on the waters of the Lachine Canal offered by Le Petit Navire provides an opportunity to explore the Port of Montreal waterway right up to the gourmet stop at the Atwater Market. 22Dragons, one of Canada’s largest dragon boat racing clubs, is also continuing its activities this summer on the canal. And if you wish to see the city from another angle, H2O Adventures offers a wide range of safe watercraft from electric boats to kayaks, not to mention paddleboats. 

NEW: Paddleboarding is now permitted on the Lachine Canal. Make sure to have the right equipment to have fun safely. Paddleboarding is permitted on a 12 km route between locks nos. 2 and 5. You must have your non-motorized boat season pass before venturing onto the canal waters. 

Do you prefer to keep both feet on the ground? MaBicyclette offers bicycle rental and repair services just steps away from the Atwater Market. Looking for a well-deserved break? The team at Canal Lounge offers you a complete taste experience on board its canal boat. All aboard! 

The Parks Canada website provides detailed information on what visitors can expect, how to prepare for a visit, and what services may be available. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the website before they travel, to respect the guidance of public health experts, and to follow all signage and direction from Parks Canada employees. The health and safety of visitors and employees are of the utmost importance and Parks Canada continues to follow the advice, guidance, and requirements of public health authorities and experts to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Parks Canada staff are pleased to welcome back visitors and regulars to experience all that the canal has to offer this summer! 

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As Canadians, we are fortunate to live in a country with such diverse landscapes and rich history. Every one of the protected areas within the Parks Canada network of sites is a perfect gateway to discovering, learning about, and connecting with natural and cultural heritage. As summer approaches, I encourage all Canadians to get out and explore locations such as the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, as they walk in the footsteps of history and enjoy the important physical and mental benefits of being outdoors.

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Parks Canada prides itself on providing visitors with high quality and meaningful experiences across the country. The Parks Canada team works extremely hard to ensure that each and every person leaves with memories that will last a lifetime. We are excited to welcome new and returning visitors back to the Lachine Canal National Historic Site this season, to help them create new memories and discover everything that

Ron Hallman
President & Chief Executive Officer, Parks Canada

Quick Facts 

  • A link between the city and nature, the Lachine Canal is located in the southwest section of Montreal. Its 13.5-kilometre urban route runs between the Old Port and Lake Saint-Louis, a navigable waterway punctuated by five locks. Along its banks, a linear green urban park is lined with vestiges of the industrial era when the canal boomed. Throughout the year, a varied schedule of activities makes this historic site a great place to experience with family or friends.
  • On May 17, 2002, several dignitaries gathered at Lachine Lock No. 5 to take part in the inauguration ceremony for the opening of the canal to recreational boating. A large crowd participated in the colourful and popular celebration organized for the occasion.
  • There are no visitor fees for accessing the canal grounds and watching boats as they navigate through the canal.

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2021

Winter Activities along the Lachine Canal: Groomed Path

MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC, November 23, 2021 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that this winter, the path at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site will be groomed almost over its entire length, on a distance of 13 km linking the Lachine, LaSalle, Le Sud-Ouest and Ville-Marie boroughs. The path will also be groomed on both sides of the canal between the Atwater Market and Old Montréal, improving access for users in Le Sud-Ouest. The Parks Canada team will groom the path.

In addition to cyclists, everyone will be able to enjoy the groomed path, which provides an opportunity to practise various winter activities including fat biking, snowshoeing, running and walking. Restrooms will also be open to users during the cold season at particular locations along the winter trail.

Parks Canada works with its partners to develop the recreational offerings at the Lachine Canal and to encourage the practice of outdoor winter activities for the year-round enjoyment of all visitors to this exceptional site in the heart of Montréal. The Agency would like to acknowledge the collaboration of the City of Montréal and its boroughs for their support in providing this groomed trail.


Infrastructure Work at Lock no. 5

MONTREAL, Quebec, October 19, 2021 – Parks Canada will soon begin infrastructure work at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site as part of the restoration project for Lock No 5. Work will begin on October 25 and continue until December 17, 2021. Work will resume after the winter break in mid-February 2022, with completion in March. The sector affected, around the lock and the surrounding embankments, will remain accessible throughout the construction. The footpath located on the gates of Lock No 5 may be temporarily closed. A detour will be put in place for the duration of the closures, if required. The work areas will be delimited by fences. 

Parks Canada is carrying out this important work at the Lachine Canal to update the infrastructure necessary for navigation, ensure the longevity of the facilities, and enhance security and the quality of the experience provided at the canal. The work planned includes: maintenance of gates, addition of bumpers and ice protection system, repointing of masonry, correction of scouring, stabilization of downstream banks and rearrangement of railings at the approach to the walkways (north shore). Various elements around the lock will also be cleaned and repainted. 

Public safety is a priority for Parks Canada and all work is planned to ensure the security of users and workers. To minimize impacts to the public, the work is being conducted after the busy navigational season. Parks Canada asks all members of the public visiting the area, to be vigilant, follow the signage in place, and consider alternate routes for activities in this specific sector of the Lachine Canal. 

Visit the "Info-Work" page to find out more and to get up-to-date information on the ongoing infrastructure work on the Lachine Canal National Historic Site..


Rehabilitation of canal walls on the north side, old-canal sector

MONTRÉAL, Quebec, August 2, 2021 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that infrastructure work will soon be carried out on the north side of the canal, between 6th and 8th Avenues and between 12th and 15th Avenues, facing St. Joseph Boulevard. From August 9, 2021 to March 2022, crowning walls will be repaired or replaced to preserve this heritage component essential to public safety and to the sustainability of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. 

Occasional closures on St. Joseph Boulevard and sidewalk

During work, a portion of the sidewalk on the south side between 6th and 8th Avenues will be closed. A pedestrian detour will be provided on the north side of the roadway between 6th and 10th Avenues. 

It is also possible that one of the eastbound lanes of St. Joseph Boulevard, between 6th and 9th Avenues and between 12th and 15th Avenues, may be closed on a temporary basis. 

Parks Canada is actively working with the borough of Lachine to limit the impact on users. Visitor safety is a priority for Parks Canada and we ask users to exercise caution and respect existing closures and signage in all work zones along the Lachine Canal. 

The canal walls are representative elements of the canal’s development and of construction techniques that have been used for over a century, and are essential to its overall structure, as they are weight‑bearing and protect the banks. These walls are also necessary to maintain the banks along St. Joseph Boulevard. 

The Government of Canada is investing close to $170 million to support infrastructure work at the Lachine Canal National Historic as part of the largest federal infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada, which will help protect Canada’s built heritage while enhancing the experience of the more than one million people who visit this exceptional site each year. 

Information about the work taking place at the Lachine Canal is disseminated in a variety of ways, including on the Facebook account @QCCanals and the “Plan your trip” web page.


Launch of the Boating Season at Lachine Canal National Historic Site

two boat captain with Parks Canada lock operetors
First boaters of the season at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site! ©Parks Canada

MONTREAL, May 21, 2021 - This morning, Parks Canada’s team was happy to welcome at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, the first boaters of the 2021 season.

The health and safety of visitors, boaters and employees is of the utmost importance for Parks Canada and the Agency will follow the advice and guidance of public health authorities to determine visitor access and services. 

Transport Canada's physical distancing standards for Canadian boaters must also be respected. It is possible that boat capacity may be considerably reduced depending on the canal, and that the wait time be increased. 

For more details about the service periods and the measures taken by the Agency to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Quebec’s historic canals, please visit the COVID-19 and your visit to the Lachine Canal webpage or call 1-888-773-8888 to plan your visit. 

Canal Banks Visitors 

Parks Canada is asking visitors to follow the advice of public health experts and to practice physical distancing and hygiene measures, limit public gatherings, as well as respect travel restrictions. 

Visitors should also leave no trace when they are visiting canal banks. Garbage containers have been installed to that end. If a garbage can is full, visitors should use the next one or bring their garbage with them.

There will be many users sharing the Lachine Canal path – cyclists, pedestrians and in-line skaters will be among them. Parks Canada asks all visitors to follow the advice of public health experts on physical distancing. They must be careful in their choices to avoid injury and minimize any need for emergency response. In addition, we invite them to be courteous and obey the signage to make coexistence between all safer and more harmonious.


Major rehabilitation work on the Gauron and Lafleur bridges

Montréal, Quebec, March 24, 2021 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that work will soon take place on the Gauron and Lafleur bridges, which link Dollard Avenue in LaSalle to Saint-Pierre Avenue in Lachine, in order to ensure the safety of users, extend the useful life of the bridges, ensure the durability of the structures and remove the current tonnage limit. 

This 35-week work will result in the long-term partial closure of the Gauron Bridge from April 2021 to October 2021, and from October 2021 to December 2021 for the Lafleur Bridge. There will be a complete alternating closure of one lane during the entire duration of the work. In addition, complete bridge closures are expected overnight, at which time a detour will be offered to motorists. 

The schedule of closures was established as follows:

Gauron Bridge

  • April to mid-July: Closure of the left lane at all times and weekend and night bridge closures to be determined according to nearby construction sites.
  • Mid-July to mid-October: Closure of the right lane and sidewalk at all times, and weekend and night bridge closures to be determined according to nearby construction sites.

Lafleur Bridge

  • Mid-October to November: Closure of the left lane at all times, and weekend and night closures of the bridge to be determined according to nearby construction sites.
  • November: Right-hand lane closed at all times and path obstructed; weekend and overnight bridge closures to be determined according to nearby work sites. 

This work includes, among other things, the repair of elements at the approaches of the bridges, the repair of foundation elements, the repair, reinforcement and painting of structural steel elements, the replacement or sealing of expansion joints as well as the reparation of the lighting system.

Parks Canada would like to minimize the impacts on bridge users. So, throughout the work, Parks Canada will work closely with its partners, including emergency services, transportation services, and municipal and provincial authorities to ensure the safety of users and to provide them with accurate and useful information for effective travel planning.

This work is being carried out as part of the largest infrastructure plan in Parks Canada’s history and is part of the Agency’s ongoing efforts to provide quality and safe infrastructure at the sites it administers, including the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, which includes highway bridges, pedestrian footbridges and various buildings. As readers may recall, in 2014, major work was carried out to repair structural elements on the Lafleur Bridge. 

Information about the work taking place at the Lachine Canal is disseminated in a variety of ways, including on the Facebook account @QCCanals and the “Plan your trip” web page.

2020

Clearing of the vegetation

Montréal, Quebec, October 29, 2020 – Parks Canada will begin to clear vegetation on the north and south sides of the waterway. The removal of the vegetation will ensure the long-term preservation of the Lachine Canal National Historic Site. 

The tree cover along the Lachine Canal and the abundant greenery have grown considerably over the past few years and have created over time a wall of plants that could affect the preservation of the banks and the canal infrastructure as well as their maintenance. For these reasons, Parks Canada must carry out the removal of plants in specific areas of the Lachine Canal (area of Lock No. 5; between Lafleur bridge and Lock No. 4 (north side); between George-Étienne Cartier footbridge and Lock No. 3 (South side), area of Lock No. 2). 

As part of this work, several ash trees affected by the invasive emerald ash borer will also be removed. Parks Canada is working with stakeholders, including boroughs, taking necessary action to prevent the emerald ash borer infestation from spreading and to ensure the protection of the environment and the public, while continuing to identify the best possible solutions to control the spread of this insect. 

Parks Canada is working on an action plan to ensure the long-term maintenance of the vegetation cover at the Lachine Canal, to preserve the canal’s natural beauty while protecting the historic integrity of this exceptional site. 

The clearing of the vegetation will begin in November 2020 until mid-December. It will be performed outside the nesting periods of migratory birds. The Lachine Canal’s path may at times be obstructed because of the work and all work areas will be marked off with traffic cones. Parks Canada asks everyone to exercise caution and to obey the temporary signage. 

For more information on the infrastructure projects underway at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site, visit the Info-work page.


Mural To Be Discovered At The Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Montréal, Québec, August 31, 2020 –  The Parks Canada Agency is pleased to announce that a mural, by painter and muralist Ankhone, is currently under way on Hangar 1825, located in the north link area, between the Saint-Gabriel Lock and the Atwater footbridge.  This mural is made possible thanks to the collaboration of Kolab organization.

The mural, called “Alchemy of Time” will cover all four sides of the building where it will be visible both from the water as well as from the banks, making it a veritable landmark. Inspired by an indoor garden theme, it will, , echo the unique and personal experiences of visitors to the canal and appeal to everyone's imagination. By referring to the atmospheres and impressions that the place creates, it will be an invitation to evocation, contemplation and reverie.

Parks Canada is grateful to the Kolab organization and the artist Ankhone for this work of art that adds beauty and meaning to the site. Urban art lovers and visitors will be able to discover it on September 18.

To see the artist at work

To follow the mural’s progress and watch artist Ankhone at work, you are invited to go to the Lachine Canal’s north link and to follow the Lachine Canal, Ankhone and KOLAB MTL Facebook pages. 

About the artist

L'artiste Ankhone
Ankhone

Native from Grenoble, nestled at the foot of the French Alps, Ankhone started doing graffiti on the walls of his city in the early 90’s. In 1999, his expressive style earned him a degree in graphic design from the École Supérieure d’Arts Appliqués of Troyes. Mastering these newfound institutional techniques, he gradually transposed his pictorial and graphic work to painting, without ever breaking the link to the graffiti culture that motivated this progression. A style he later defines as “poetry in motion”.

In 2001, still in France, he joined the reputed Parisian collective, “9e Concept” and worked as art director for Graff-It magazine. In 2010, Ankhone came to Canada for the first time and decided to move to Montreal one year later. His first contracts in Canada include designing sets for movies such as Tom à la Ferme and Juste la fin du monde of Quebec infamous producer Xavier Dolan. Ankhone has been a member of the Ashop Crew since 2013 and has kept working for Ashop Productions since then. 

About KOLAB

KOLAB is a non-profit organization created in 2015 by Ashop Crew founding artists, to promote civic participation through urban arts and to contribute to the professional development of emerging artists. Its mission is to make art accessible to everyone, to bring positive change through it and to create a sense of belonging to the community. The organization is involved, amongst others, in the Montreal urban arts scene and offers emerging artists the opportunity to participate in major projects under the mentorship of fellow professional peers. KOLAB provides them with a creative space, the necessary material and resources to develop their practices. KOLAB brings together, awakens, supports and enlightens Montréalers’ daily lives in their reclaiming of urban space.


CANAL WALL REPAIRS

Closure of the path between the Lafleur Bridge and the LaSalle-Coke Footbridge for the restoration of the grounds at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site

MONTREAL, Quebec, August 20, 2020 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that rehabilitation work to restore the grounds will be carried out at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site starting August 24, 2020, for approximately 5 days (depending on weather conditions). Grassing work will be realized on the north side of the canal, between the Lafleur Bridge and the LaSalle-Coke Footbridge. Now that repair and rehabilitation work of the canal walls has been successfully completed in this sector, the Agency is ensuring that the site is safe and welcoming for all users. 

Suggested detour.

Since the work will result in the closure of a section of the canal path, a detour will be set up during the work periods, from Monday to Friday (depending on weather conditions), from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Parks Canada recommends that cyclists follow the signs installed near the site that will redirect them mainly to the Les Berges (along LaSalle Blvd.) and the Canal de l’Aqueduc municipal bicycle paths (along Champlain Blvd.). 

The path will be reopened at the end of each shift. The detour is explained in detail on the Lachine Canal Info-Work webpage.

While the work is carried out, Parks Canada asks everyone to exercise caution and comply with work zones and signage. At all times, the safety of users and workers is paramount for Parks Canada. 

Parks Canada is leading infrastructure work in places like the Lachine Canal National Historic Site to ensure safe, high-quality experiences for visitors by improving heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas.


Revised calendar, advanced navigation season

Parks Canada's Historic Canals in Quebec

CHAMBLY, QUEBEC, June 22, 2020 – Parks Canada wants to give an update regarding infrastructure work along historic canals in Quebec. Since the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions on construction sites, work could resume while respecting the new Canada and Quebec’s public health directives for the health and safety of workers. Timelines have been revised to take into account the challenges caused by these restrictions.

Despite these constraints, the work was carried out at a faster rate than expected thanks to increased efforts on the part of contractors and dedicated Parks Canada teams preparing for the season opening. The Quebec’s Waterways Unit is, therefore, proud to confirm the progressive reopening of the canals earlier than the original schedule. 

Thus, Parks Canada will welcome boaters as of July 1, at the Chambly Canal, and as of July 17 at Saint-Ours Canal, instead of the 3rd week of July as previously announced. As for the Lachine Canal, operations will resume on July 17, between Lock No. 3 and Lock No. 5. For the entire canal, the target date remains the first week of August. Non-motorized nautical activities have resumed since June 19, between Lock No. 3 and Lock No. 5. For the Carillon Canal, temporary work carried out during the next few weeks will allow the opening of the canal to navigation at the end of August, rather than having to cancel the whole 2020 boating season.The scope of work had to be reviewed and this had an impact on the schedule. 

Parks Canada apologizes for the inconvenience of these delays and thanks boaters as well as the community and local businesses for their patience and understanding. 

The Agency wishes to remind visitors and boaters that they should not expect to have the kind of experiences that they have had in the past. As Parks Canada adapts to the COVID-19 situation, visitor access and services on the canals will be limited. 

Those who choose to access historic canals and waterways should follow the advice of public health experts on physical distancing. Everyone will need to be careful in their choices to avoid injury and to minimize any need for emergency response. 

For more details about the service periods and the measures taken by Parks Canada to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the historic canals of Quebec, please consult the websites of each canals or call 1-888-773-8888 in order to plan your visit.


MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC, June 5, 2020 – Parks Canada announces the upcoming gradual re-opening of the 2020 navigation season in Parks Canada’s historic canals in Quebec. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of activities and construction sites at Parks Canada places, navigation season has been delayed in the province's historic canals. 

The Lachine Canal National Historic Site is expected to welcome boaters for the navigation season from the first week of August, until Monday, October 12, 2020. Water levels in the Lachine Canal will be gradually increased starting June 6, 2020. The canal should be filled completely by June 12, 2020.

Major work on the canal walls

Major infrastructure work took place on the canal’s locks, bridges and walls in recent months. Some of these projects should be completed this summer. Several projects to repair or replace walls were made necessary in order to preserve the sustainability of the national historic site. Last year, more than 6,125 meters of crown walls, and 2,025 meters of seat walls have been replaced or repaired by our teams and designated contractors. 

Navigation Season

The health and safety of visitors, boaters, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance, and the Agency will follow the advice and guidance of public health authorities in resuming visitor access and services. The opening date of the Lachine Canal is conditional to the evolution of the COVID-19 situation and the measures needed to flatten the curve and ensure everyone's safety.

Transport Canada's physical distancing standards for Canadian boaters must also be respected. It is possible that boat capacity may be considerably reduced depending on the canal, and that the wait time may be increased. We thank boaters for their patience and cooperation. 

Caution on the banks

Many users will be sharing the Lachine Canal path – cyclists, pedestrians and in-line skaters will be among them. Parks Canada asks all visitors to follow the advice of public health experts on physical distancing. They must be careful in their choices to avoid injury and minimize any need for emergency response. In addition, we invite them to be courteous and obey the signage to make coexistence between all safer and more harmonious. 

Visitors and boaters should not expect to have the kind of experiences that they have had in the past.   As Parks Canada adapts to the COVID-19 situation, visitor access and services will be limited. 

Those who choose to access historic canals and waterways should follow the advice of public health experts on physical distancing. Everyone will need to be careful in their choices to avoid injury and to minimize any need for emergency response. 

For more details about the service periods and the measures taken by the Agency to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Quebec’s historic canals, please visit the Historic canals and waterways website or call 1-888-773-8888 to plan your visit.


Parks Canada temporarily suspends all visitor services across the country until further notice 

March 17, 2020, Gatineau, Quebec, Parks Canada Agency - The health and safety of Canadians, visitors, and Parks Canada team members is of the utmost importance to the Agency. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and taking steps to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and other users of Parks Canada spaces. 

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, Parks Canada is temporarily suspending all visitor services in all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across the country until further notice. The Agency will be monitoring the situation and will communicate regularly. 

Parks Canada will limit its activities to basic critical operations and many staff will work from home. Visitor facilities will be closed temporarily, including washrooms and day use facilities. Some conservation activities will also be temporarily suspended, including projects with external researchers. 

While visitor services are temporarily suspended, Parks Canada will continue to deliver a number of critical functions, including highway management and snow removal, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, as well as avalanche forecasting and control, among others.

Visitors may use front country and backcountry areas as well as accessible green spaces. Should Canadians decide to visit, they should remember that they are always responsible for their own safety. They should consult Parks Canada’s website to be prepared for their visit and be aware of any area closures. Search and rescue services may be limited. Visitors should exercise additional caution at this time and avoid activities with safety risks.

There are a number of tourism businesses and operations within Parks Canada places. These operators are valued partners and provide important services to visitors. They may continue to operate and clients should check with them before visiting to ensure that there has been no change to their services.

Parks Canada will cease taking new reservations until April 30, 2020. All existing reservations for this period will be refunded in full. In addition, the Agency is currently developing an approach to honour passes, in light of travel restrictions and closures related to COVID-19. Details will be communicated in due course.

A complete list of Parks Canada places that are closed and the parameters of these closures will be available on the Parks Canada website soon. Please visit pc.gc.ca regularly for updates.

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“At this critical time, our top priority remains the health and safety of Canadians. We are doing everything we can to contain the novel coronavirus and reduce the burden on our healthcare system. We all look forward to resuming normal operations at Parks Canada places, but for now we must follow the advice of public health experts and work together to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada


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Allowed weight limits on Charlevoix and des Seigneurs bridges reduced in Sud-Ouest borough

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, January 28, 2020 - Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that the weight limits for heavy vehicles on the Charlevoix and des Seigneurs bridges, in the Sud-Ouest borough, have been revised. This measure results from a reevaluation of the load bearing capacity of the infrastructures which established that the allowed weight limits on the bridges must be reduced. Vehicles whose weight exceeds the stated limits must use an alternative route. 

Maximum 22t, 34t, 44t

For the Charlevoix Bridge that crosses the canal at the level of Charlevoix Street, the new load capacity is now 22 tons, 34 tons and 44 tons respectively for vehicles of one unit, two units and three units.

 

Maximum 26t, 36t, 48t

For the des Seigneurs Bridge that crosses the canal at the level of des Seigneurs Street, the new load capacity is now 26 tons, 36 tons and 48 tons respectively for vehicles of one unit, two units and three units.

The Charlevoix and des Seigneurs bridges do not present safety issues for drivers, pedestrians nor cyclists. The reassessment of the allowed weight limits is a measure to prevent the deterioration of infrastructures. 

The new weight limits on these bridges will be posted on traffic signage on the main roads leading to the infrastructures to inform drivers of this new standard. 

Parks Canada makes every effort to provide quality infrastructure in the sites it administers, including Lachine Canal National Historic Site, which includes bridges, footbridges and various buildings. 

Information about Lachine Canal is communicated in a variety of ways, including through the @QCCanals Facebook account and online on the Info-Work – Plan Your Commute web page.


The Montréal Boat Show

From January 31 to February 3 2020

Stop by the Parks Canada booth (1014) at the Palais des congrès de Montréal to plan your next trip.

And while you’re discovering some of the most beautiful waterways in the world, Parks Canada is offering you an unbeatable pre-season offer: save 20% on the current prices of seasonal lockage permits. With the purchase of the lockage permit, also take advantage of a 10% reduction on the night mooring permit!

Just make sure to have your registration number handy as well as information about the length of your craft.

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