Winter trail

Chambly Canal National Historic Site

Snowshoeing, on foot, by bike... get outside for a breath of fresh air and enjoy the best of winter!

Winter sports are at the forefront at the Chambly Canal; Parks Canada is proud to launch again this winter a trail along the waterway

A 20-km winter trail extending from the parc des Ateliers in Chambly to the old Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu enables young and old to enjoy winter's pleasures in the enchanting setting of the Chambly Canal.

This winter trail will allow many more Canadians to take advantage of the exceptional features offered by the Chambly Canal National Historic Site in the heart of the Richelieu Valley.

Parks Canada wishes to remind everyone that for safety reasons, it is forbidden at any time to venture onto the ice of the Chambly Canal.

Chambly Canal Winter Trail Map

To view the access points, washroom locations and the route, take a look at the digital winter trail map.

Chambly Canal winter trail map

Download the Chambly Canal Winter Trail map (PDF 1.6 Mo)

Trail etiquette


Thank you for respecting our trail and keeping it safe so that everyone can fully enjoy it.

  • Check the weather conditions before departing
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times
  • Pack out all your garbage
  • Keep a safe distance from the maintenance vehicule and other users

Grooming guidelines

Start of season

Grooming will start as soon as weather conditions permit.

Needed conditions include:

  • Ground is frozen
  • Sufficient snow on the ground (*the required thickness varies depending on the terrain and type of snow)
  • Favourable weather forecast
  • The snow is compacted until the base is in place (15 to 30 cm of packed snow, depending on the ground surface).

End of season

Ski trails are maintained until the end of March, or as weather and snow conditions permit.


Temperature has a large impact on snow conditions, grooming quality and our ability to groom. Warm wet snow can be very challenging and hard on equipment and, if followed by a cold spell, the resulting icy surface can be dangerous. In extreme cold, snow does not pack well and can pose a safety concern for groomers.

Temperature range Impact
> 5°C No damage. The equipment is very likely to become bogged down and damage the track, which will likely be strewn with large chunks of snow and poor quality ripples.
5 to 0 °C Grooming is avoided when possible.
0 to -10 °C Generally, best temperature range for good packing and grooming results.
-10 to -20 °C Quality of snow packing and grooming declines; safety risk from temperature and windchill increases.
-20 to -25 °C Poor grooming results. Compacting is possible, track-setting is not. For safety, staff time spent in these temperatures is limited.
< - 25°C No grooming to take place: grooming results are too poor, machinery malfunctions, and safety concerns from cold temperatures.


If you are calling for assistance using a cell, call 911.

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