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Chambly Canal National Historic Site

2023

Learn-to-Winter at the Chambly Canal

Fun and red cheeks guaranteed!

CHAMBLY, QUEBEC, January 12, 2023 –  On weekends, from January 21 to February 5, 2023, Parks Canada’s Learn-to-Outdoor team welcomes families at the parc des Ateliers in Chambly to introduce 4 to 12-year-olds to cross-country skiing. This activity is free and offered by reservation only. Places are limited and are going fast! Note that in order to offer a learning experience adapted to children of different ages, time slots are reserved for specific age groups.

During this 60-minute activity, children will learn the basic techniques of cross-country skiing and how to choose the right equipment. Games will be organized during the workshop.

In addition to the initiation to cross-country skiing, animation will take place on site and snowshoes will be available for loan free of charge. While the children participate in the activity, the grown ups can warm up around the braziers while enjoying a roasted marshmallow. You might even get a chance to meet Parka, our friendly mascot! To learn more about winter outdoor education at the canal, visit our website

For more information on winter activities at the Chambly Canal: https://parks.canada.ca/lhn-nhs/qc/chambly/activ/hiver-winter.

Where: Parc des Ateliers, Bourgogne Av., Chambly, QC, J3L 1Z3

When: Saturdays and Sundays from January 21 to February 5, 2023.

Cost: free activity

2022

Installation of four-season shelters

Shelter at the St. Ours Canal NHS whose color has been changed. The two shelters along the Chambly Canal will be built along the same lines, but will house picnic tables rather than a sink area.

CHAMBLY, QUEBEC, December 1st, 2022 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that work is underway to install two four-season shelters at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site. This work, which began on November 21, will be completed by mid-December. The public is invited to come and take advantage of these new shelters installed in Chambly near Locks Nos.1, 2 and 3 and near Lock No. 9, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

Parks Canada has chosen to provide shaded rest areas with picnic tables in order to provide comfortable, durable and easy-to-use facilities to meet the needs of all canal users. Everything was taken into consideration, from the orientation of the shelters to the choice of materials (steel roofing and spruce structure), to guarantee maximum shade and coolness for users during the hot summer days and to provide them with a safe shelter against bad weather during rainy or snowy days. These shelters were installed near the trail to facilitate access. 

A few years ago, a similar shelter was installed at the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site to house some of the sanitary facilities for users of the oTENTik alternative housing units.


Upgrade to road signage on Migneault street

CHAMBLY, QUEBEC, November 30, 2022 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that the road signs currently on Migneault Street will soon be updated. By the end of December, all 117 signs will be replaced over a distance of 5.8 km between Maurice Street and Route 223 near Bridge No. 7.

Among the main changes, there will be a speed reduction in the curves to 20 km/h as well as the reduction to a single alternating lane under the Route 112 overpass and at the height of Bridge No. 4. A bike lane at the height of the CN bridge will enhance cyclist safety.

Parks Canada encourages all visitors to Migneault Street, regardless of their mode of transportation, to exercise caution and vigilance while adapting their driving to the new signage in effect.


Winter activities along the Chambly Canal: Groomed Path

CHAMBLY, QUEBEC, November 22, 2022 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that this winter, the path at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site will be groomed from the Parc des Ateliers in Chambly to Lock No 9, located in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. The section on Sainte-Thérèse Street on the island of the same name will be plowed by the City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu as was the case in previous years. 

In addition to protecting the canal infrastructure, 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. A skating rink will also be set up on the canal by the City of Chambly, between the Bourgogne Street Bridge and Lock 4. Restrooms will be open to users during the cold season at particular locations along the winter path. 

It is important to note that certain conditions must be met before the trail can be groomed: the ground is frozen, there is sufficient snow accumulation and the weather forecast is favourable (below 0°); once these conditions are met, the snow will be compacted until the base is in place (20 cm of packed snow, depending on the ground surface). Then, grooming operations can be carried out regularly. 

By then, snow and ice may accumulate on the path surface. Please use caution and good judgment before heading out on the trail, and consult the condition of the path via the Chambly Canal Website to ensure good conditions for the practice of your favorite winter sport. Parks Canada would also like to remind users of the importance of staying on the groomed path and avoiding approaching footbridges and locks; there is a high risk of falling. 

Parks Canada works with its partners to develop the recreational offerings at the Chambly Canal and to encourage the practice of outdoor winter activities for the year-round enjoyment of all visitors to this exceptional site. Parks Canada would like to acknowledge the collaboration of the City of Chambly, Carignan and Saint-Jean-sur Richelieu for their support in providing this groomed path. 

Note that the 13-kilometer-long Lachine Canal National Historic Site trail, located in the heart of Montréal, will also be almost completely groomed by Parks Canada this winter.


Temporary closure of bridge no 9 on november 28, 2022

Chambly Canal National Historic Site

CHAMBLY, Quebec, November 17, 2022 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that lift bridge No. 9, which ensures traffic between the islands of Sainte-Marie in Carignan and Sainte-Thérèse in Saint-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu, will be completely closed to traffic on November 28, 2022, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. This closure is to allow for a study of the balance of Bridge No. 9, where experts will carry out a counterweight survey. A temporary detour will be proposed to users via Bridge No. 10.

Parks Canada has planned this work to ensure minimal impact on all users and asks everyone to exercise patience and caution, in addition to respecting the temporary signage.

Unique in North America, this lift bridge, inspired by a similar bridge in Cardiff, United Kingdom, has won numerous awards, including the Grand Prix du génie-conseil québécois (Quebec’s grand prize in engineering-consulting), as well as the Steel Design Award of Excellence. Construction of Bridge No. 9 at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site was completed in September 2011. Thanks to its hydraulic system, which operates with vegetable oil, the structure is 100% environmentally friendly and is not harmful to plants or wildlife.


Temporary closure of the canal path in Carignan

Work in progress in the Fryer Island Area

Chambly, Quebec, October 25, 2022 – Parks Canada is advising that stabilization and repair of a portion of the dike located in the Fryer Island sector of the Chambly Canal National Historic Site will begin at the end of October. The dike is displaying erosion and settlement issues.

The work is scheduled to begin once the canal is closed to navigation and water level is lowered, and outside the most critical periods for wildlife. The work will be completed mid-January.

This work is necessary to ensure the safety of path users and to ensure the sustainability of the dike. It will result in the temporary closure of a section of the path located between Bridge No 7 and the Old Bridge No 9, in Carignan. No detour will be put in place. Users are asked to exercise caution and respect the signage in place throughout the duration of the work.

Parks Canada is leading infrastructure work in places like the Chambly 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. Consult the info-work.


Temporary closure of the Chambly Canal Path

Geotechnical drilling at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site 

Chambly, Quebec, October 20, 2022 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that geotechnical drilling work will begin on the Chambly Canal path in the next few days. This work will include interventions in the sector between Lock No. 3 and Lock No. 7.

This work is necessary to ensure the safety of path users and to improve traffic flow. It will result in the temporary closure of this section of the path from October 24 to October 28; a detour will be put in place via the municipal pathway and via the left side of the canal for pedestrians. The path will remain accessible to all users on evenings and weekends. Users are asked to exercise caution and respect the signage in place throughout the duration of the work.

Parks Canada is leading infrastructure work in places like the Chambly 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.


Revision of the Vegetation Management Plan

Chambly, Quebec, July 11, 2022 – In mid-June, Parks Canada proceeded to cut the fallow land in various areas along the Chambly Canal, thus respecting the development plan and the maintenance schedule. Some areas, called “pollination islands,” remained untouched. For several years, Parks Canada has been looking into setting up pollinator gardens at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site. These gardens are spaces of tall grass for which breeding birds have a particular fondness, as do insect pollinators like bees and monarch butterflies. 

The Chambly Canal is mainly made up of dikes. Dikes are water retention structures that are essential to the safety of visitors, residents and property. They are an integral part of the waterway’s structure since they hold back a large volume of water and thus, allow recreational navigation with the help of a network of locks located along the canal.

Dense vegetation on a dike can lead to potential safety problems. Not only can vegetation on the dike make visual monitoring and maintenance difficult or impossible, but if left untended, it degrades the condition of the structure and helps to camouflage burrowing animals.

As such, it is necessary to regularly cut all of this vegetation to ensure the sustainability of the facilities and the safety of users and nearby residents.

Since the spring of 2022, certain areas have been regularly cut to maintain low vegetation on the dikes. Another cut of the fallow land is planned in the next few weeks.

Prior to each vegetation intervention, Parks Canada experts conduct rigorous inspections to assess the presence of monarch nests and eggs on milkweed plants; if detected, a buffer zone is established to protect the eggs and species. The same goes for detecting the presence of animal nests; site surveys and nightly tours using a thermal sensor drone are carried out to detect their presence on the banks.


Young sport fishers in action!

Parks Canada Agency and the Fondation de la faune du Québec introduce young people to sport fishing

Chambly, July 5, 2022 — On Friday, July 22 at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site, Parks Canada will welcome 20 young people for a day-long initiation into sport fishing as part of the Young Sport Fishers' Program activities. With the support of Canadian Tire, its main partner, and the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP), this program promotes the next generation of sport fishers.

This Parks Canada activity, which is already sold out, was selected as one of the best projects for coaching and training young anglers. With the authorization of the MFFP, each young person will receive a Young Sport Fisher certificate, which will serve as a fishing licence until they turn 18.

During the 2022 summer season, the Fondation expects to reach close to 16,500 new enthusiasts, notably through local organizations that offer Young Sport Fishers introductory activities including quality training on fishing, safety, regulations, habitat and fish biology, followed by a fishing period supervised by qualified resources. Since its inception in 1997, the Young Sport Fishers' Program has introduced more than 320,000 youth to fishing.

After a two-year hiatus, we are pleased to be able to offer the Young Sport Fishers' Program in an updated format that is accessible to more youth. Thank you to Parks Canada Agency for ensuring that the next generation of anglers is introduced to sport fishing through their activities and training,

Jean-Claude D’Amours
Chief Executive Officer of the Fondation de la faune du Québec.

The Young Sport Fishers' Program is a presentation of the Fondation de la faune du Québec, with the support of its main partner, Canadian Tire.

About us

The mission of the Fondation de la faune du Québec is to enhance and promote conservation of wildlife and its habitat. Thanks to the contribution of more than one million hunters, fishers and trappers in Quebec, thousands of donors and numerous private companies, the Fondation has been supporting more than 2,000 organizations throughout Quebec since 1987, creating a true wildlife movement.


Team Up and Help Us Clean Up the Shorelines of the Chambly Canal!

Borrow your cleaning kit now

Chambly, Quebec, June 6 – Parks Canada is proud to support the "Team Up and Clean Up the Shoreline" program, a national initiative to keep Canada's shorelines free of litter, including plastic waste that can remain in the environment for up to 1,000 years. Two of Parks Canada's historic canals in Quebec have been selected to participate in this year's program: the Lachine and Chambly canals will welcome volunteers throughout the summer who would like to contribute to the cleanliness of their favourite canal by lending them the necessary equipment to pick up litter.

Interested parties can request their cleaning kit from Parks Canada staff at Locks 1, 2, 3 or 9. Each set contains a bucket, a pair of gloves, a clipboard, a data sheet, a pencil and a scale. Be sure to bring a first aid kit, hand sanitizer and sunscreen! After their collection, participants must keep track of the litter they have collected using a tracking form that will be provided to them. Collecting data amplifies the long-term impact of actions taken; this valuable information helps Parks Canada identify and mitigate sources of canal-side litter. Kits are available in limited quantities.

Through this simple act, volunteers will participate in citizen science and contribute to marine litter research. Together, we will help make the shorelines safer for both wildlife and humans.


Launch of the Boating Season

Chambly Canal National Historic Site

First boat of the season at lock No 9 of the Chambly Canal National Historic Site!
First boat of the season at lock No 9 of the Chambly Canal National Historic Site!

CHAMBLY, May 20, 2022 – The warm weather is finally here! It’s the perfect time to head back outside and reconnect with the places we love!

This morning, the Parks Canada’s team was happy to welcome the first boaters of the 2022 season at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site.

Are you dreaming of taking part in this wonderful experience? Visit the Parks Canada Website to learn about the many opportunities offered by Canada’s historic canals, and register now for your lockage permit! Spread the word, and enjoy the 2022 navigational season! parkscanada.gc.ca/canals

Land-based visitors

Many users will be sharing the Chambly 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 and invites them to be courteous to make coexistence between all safer and more harmonious!


Fryer Island Habitat Restoration

Parks Canada and Nature-Action Québec partner to protect biodiversity

Painted turtle sunbathing on a tree branch floating in the water.
Nesting and lizarding sites will be established for Fryer Island's painted and snapping turtles.

Chambly, Quebec, May 19, 2022 – In collaboration with Nature-Action Québec, Parks Canada will soon proceed with the restoration of riparian and aquatic habitats on Fryer Island, mainly for the benefit of the herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles) and aquatic fauna found there.

More specifically, the project aims to:

  • Provide additional habitat and nesting sites for turtles;
  • Limit the spread of certain invasive alien plant species (such as phragmites and buckthorn) in order to preserve biodiversity and habitat quality;
  • Revegetate the banks to increase the floral and faunal biodiversity of the site by planting native plants.

Teams from Nature-Action Québec and Parks Canada will be on site from May to October to carry out certain priority actions. We ask all visitors to please stay on the designated trails and avoid approaching the targeted areas. Signage will be posted on the site to clearly identify areas to be avoided.

This project is made possible through a contribution from the Community Interaction Program linked to the St. Lawrence Action Plan 2011-2026, and implemented by the governments of Canada and Quebec, as well as through the Maritime Affluents Program administered by the St. Lawrence Action Fund (SLF) and coordinated by the Regroupement des organismes de bassins versants du Québec (ROBVQ), and thanks to the financial support of the Government of Quebec under Advantage St. Lawrence, the new provincial maritime vision.

Rehabilitation of the dike

In parallel with this conservation project, the Agency will soon proceed with the rehabilitation and restoration of the dike located in the Fryer Island area. Significant damage has been observed in recent months; this damage includes holes caused by animals and erosion. Major repair and rehabilitation work is planned for the fall of 2022, after boating season. Construction fencing has already been installed on the site as part of the preparatory work. 


Winter Activities Along The Chambly Canal: Groomed Path

CHAMBLY, QUEBEC, JANUARY 10, 2021 – Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that this winter, the path at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site will be groomed from the Parc des Ateliers in Chambly to Bridge No 9, located in Carignan. The section on Sainte-Thérèse Street on the island of the same name and the one between Lock No. 9 and Bridge No. 10 will be plowed by the City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu as was the case in previous years.

It is important to note that certain conditions must be met before the trail can be groomed: the ground is frozen, there is sufficient snow on the ground and the weather forecast is favourable (below 0°); once these conditions are met, the snow will be compacted until the base is in place (20 cm of packed snow, depending on the ground surface). Then, grooming operations can be carried out regularly.

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. A skating rink will also be set up in the canal by the City of Chambly, between the Bourgogne Street Bridge and Lock 4. Restrooms will also be open to users during the cold season at particular locations along the winter path.

Parks Canada works with its partners to develop the recreational offerings at the Chambly Canal and to encourage the practice of outdoor winter activities for the year-round enjoyment of all visitors to this exceptional site. The Agency would like to acknowledge the collaboration of the City of Chambly, Carignan and Saint-Jean-sur Richelieu for their support in providing this groomed path.

Note that the 13-kilometer long Lachine Canal National Historic Site trail, located in the heart of Montréal, will also be almost completely groomed by Parks Canada this winter.

2021

Paving of the Path

Chambly, Quebec, November 1, 2021 - Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that paving work on the Chambly Canal path will begin in the next few days. This work will include interventions in the sector from Lock No 4 to Rue de l'Église and on the rise of Lock No. 8.

This work, necessary to ensure the safety of path users and to improve traffic flow, will result in the temporary closure of certain sections of the path at intervals between now and the end of November 2021; a detour will be put in place via the municipal bicycle network. Users are asked to respect the signage in place throughout the duration of the work.

Parks Canada is carrying out infrastructure work at sites such as the Chambly Canal National Historic Site to ensure safe, high-quality visitor experiences by improving heritage assets, visitor facilities, waterways and roads located in national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas.


Resumption of the path rehabilitation

Chambly, Quebec, September 16, 2021 - Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that the rehabilitation of the entire length of the path, which began in the spring and was suspended during the summer season, has recently resumed at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site. This work will result in the temporary closure of certain sections of the path from September to November 2021.

This work includes standardizing signage on the path, redesigning rest areas and path borders, bringing guardrails up to standard, redesigning contact points, and work on the path surface and foundation (repair of paved and stone screen sections in poor condition). The work carried out in the spring has already significantly improved the condition of the path, to the delight of users. This second phase of work will thus put an end to the revitalization operations of this former towpath.

A traffic light will be added at Bridge No. 7, located in Carignan at the intersection of Route 223 and Chemin O'Reilly and Chemin Sainte-Thérèse, to ensure the safety of path users and to improve traffic flow. This specific work will result in the complete closure of Bridge No. 7 from October 18 to November 8; users are asked to use the detour set up via Route 112, Industriel Boulevard and Chemin de la Grande-Ligne.

These improvements are necessary to ensure the safety of users and the durability of the path along the Chambly Canal. The work will be carried out by sector; detours have been planned via Canal Road and the municipal network. Users are asked to respect the signage in place throughout the duration of the work, and to regularly consult the Chambly Canal Website for the most recent updates.

Dates & detours while the path rehabilitation
Location Period Detour
Weir No. 3 Mid-September to early October Detour via Bridge No. 3, Chemin du Canal and Bridge No. 4.
Bridge No. 4 September 21 to 24 Detour via Bridge No. 7.
Weir No. 4 End of September to mid-October In alternation.
Bridge No. 7 October 18 to November 8 Motorists: detour via Road 223, Industriel blv. and Chemin de la Grande-Ligne. Cyclists and pedestrians: detour via bridge No.4, chemin du Canal and bridge No. 9.
Canal Walls, in front of the Workshops Mid-October to mid-November Detour via Langevin and St-Jacques Streets, access via des Pins Street.

*** This schedule is provided for information purposes only and may be subject to changes due to weather conditions.


Launch of the Boating Season Chambly Canal National Historic Site

First boater of the 2021 season at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site! 

First boaters of the season at Lock 9 at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site ©Parks Canada

CHAMBLY, May 21, 2021 - This morning, Parks Canada’s team was happy to welcome at the Chambly 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 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 may 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 Chambly Canal National Historic Site webpage or call 1-888-773-8888 to plan your visit. 

Canal Visitors Banks 

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 has 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 Chambly 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.


Vegetation Management at the Chambly Canal
Watch Out for Invasive Species!

Chambly, Quebec, May 13, 2021 – Since early 2018, Parks Canada has been looking into setting up pollinator gardens at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site. These gardens are spaces of tall grass for which breeding birds have a particular fondness, as do insect pollinators like bees and monarch butterflies. In order to respect bird nesting and monarch breeding periods, which stretch from April to late September, Parks Canada generally avoids mowing these pollinator gardens until October each year. 

By not mowing these gardens, Parks Canada is helping to save the monarch, which is currently listed as endangered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Parks Canada is responsible for the protection and recovery of the listed species living in national parks and historic sites under the Species at Risk Act. As part of this movement to protect wildlife, the Agency has made the decision to limit its actions in the fallow areas along the Chambly Canal.

Invasive species

Some invasive species, such as phragmites, are present along the Chambly Canal, and the Agency is aware that they can be a nuisance. Parks Canada is asking the public not to cut down these unwanted species themselves, which could cause unintentional harm to the area's plant and animal life and contribute to the spread of this plant. Environmental experts are studying invader control measures, and actions will be taken soon in that regard.

What is phragmites?

The common reed (Phragmites australis) is an invasive perennial grass that is very aggressive to biodiversity, spreads rapidly and out-competes indigenous species for water and nutrients. The methods used to fight invasive phragmites vary depending on the characteristics of its growing sites and the local restrictions and regulations in force.

Parks Canada is working on a plan to landscape the fallow areas along the Chambly Canal in order to properly define the green spaces while ensuring the safety of trail users. The species to be planted or seeded will be carefully selected to limit and control the spread of invasive species.


An award of excellence for the Chambly Jetty

CHAMBLY (Quebec), March 31, 2021 – On March 10, 2021, the Chambly Jetty Rehabilitation Project (also known as the “Federal Wharf”) was awarded one of the Excellence in Concrete Construction 2021 awards from the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Quebec and Eastern Ontario Chapter, for the "Repair and Restoration" category, making the project team very proud! 

The Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards program honours the vision of the most creative and innovative projects that the concrete industry has to offer. All types of concrete projects in the province of Quebec and in Eastern Ontario, completed in 2020, were eligible to receive an award in this annual competition, which brings together the best of the industry.

Sustainable Materials

The Federal Wharf is a concrete structure, which is submerged almost every year due to the spring flooding; therefore, it was important to use durable materials in its rehabilitation. For the designers, the choice of reinforced concrete with galvanized reinforcements was a natural one.

In order to contain the old jetty and serve as walls for the backfill of the new structure, sheet piles were used. This hybrid structural design of sheet piling and concrete guarantees a 50-year service life for the new jetty.

Many Challenges

Since the jetty is located in a sensitive environmental zone, the work had to respect numerous environmental constraints. From the use of biodegradable oils for the machinery used, to the installation of turbidity curtains to confine sediment-laden water, nothing was left to chance to ensure environmental protection.

As well, the work had to be carried out in winter so as not to interfere with the navigation season. Major constraints had to be considered and special measures taken during most of the sheet piling and concreting work, given that the Richelieu River was at its highest and coldest temperatures. Part of the concrete was submerged and many metal parts had to be welded directly under water by divers. This work undoubtedly required the expertise of all involved.

The rehabilitation of the Chambly Jetty completed a series of projects, funded by the federal infrastructure investment program, aimed at restoring public access to this magnificent place of contemplation, located in the heart of the Vallée-du-Richelieu. Parks Canada was very proud to make it accessible to visitors at the end of the summer of 2020, once again allowing everyone to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Chambly Basin and Fort Chambly.


Path Rehabilitation

Chambly, Quebec, March 29, 2021 - Parks Canada wishes to inform the public that work to repair the entire length of the path will soon begin at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site. This work will result in the temporary closure of certain sections of the path from April to June, and again from October to December 2021. 

This work includes standardizing signage on the path, redesigning rest areas and path borders, bringing guardrails up to standard, redesigning contact points, and work on the path surface and foundation (repair of paved and stone screen sections in poor condition). This fall, a traffic light will also be added to Bridge no. 7, located in Carignan at the intersection of Route 223 and O'Reilly and Sainte-Thérèse roads, to ensure the safety of path users and to improve traffic flow.

These improvements are necessary to ensure the safety of users and the durability of the path along the Chambly Canal. The work will be carried out by sector; detours have been planned via Canal Road and the municipal network. Users are asked to respect the signage in place throughout the duration of the work, and to regularly consult https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/qc/chambly for the most recent updates.

Dates & detours while the Path Rehabilitation
Location Period Detour
112 Viaduct April 6 to 13 Detour through the de l'Église, des Carrières Chemin Sainte-Thérèse and Weir no. 3
CN Bridge April 6 to 13 Detour through the de l'Église, des Carrières Chemin Sainte-Thérèse and Weir no. 3
Bridge no. 3 (upstream from lock no. 8) April 6 to 13 Detour through the de l'Église, des Carrières Chemin Sainte-Thérèse and Weir no. 3
Rue Saint-Jacques April 6 to 13 Detour through the de l'Église, des Carrières Chemin Sainte-Thérèse and Weir no. 3
Rue Saint-Georges April 21 to 28 Detour via Langevin, Saint-Georges, des Carrières and Saint-Jacques
Rue des Pins April 19 to 28 Detour via Langevin, Saint-Georges, des Carrières and Saint-Jacques
Rue de l’Église April 12 to 28 Detour via Langevin, Saint-Georges, des Carrières and Saint-Jacques
Rue Bourgogne April 19 to 23 Detour via Langevin, Saint-Georges, des Carrières and Saint-Jacques
Parc des Ateliers May 10 to 14 Detour via rue Caron
Old Bridge no. 9 (rue Sainte-Marie) May 6 to 18 Motorists:  Alternate traffic on Rue Sainte-Thérèse; presence of flaggers. Pedestrians and cyclists: detour via Road 223 and bridge No 7.
Weir no. 5 (above Bridge no. 10) April 29 to Mai 3 Traffic on the border of the construction site, possible obstructions
Bridge no. 10 (connects Île Sainte-Thérèse to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu) April 29 to May 6 Traffic on the border of the construction site, possible obstructions

*** This schedule is provided for information purposes only and may be subject to changes due to weather conditions.

Parks Canada is carrying out infrastructure work at sites such as the Chambly Canal National Historic Site to ensure safe, high-quality visitor experiences by improving heritage assets, visitor facilities, waterways and roads located in national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas.


Magnificent Cottonwood to be Felled

Chambly, Quebec, February 4, 2021 – As announced last fall, Parks Canada had today felled the magnificent and immense cottonwood that flourished on the shore of the Basin, near Lock No. 1 at the Chambly Canal National Historic Site.

Remember that the tree was estimated to be over 125 years old, with the normal lifespan of this species typically being around 75 years. Although it appeared healthy, two of the four trunks were affected by significant rot (a large internal cavity) that compromised the tree’s structural integrity.

The stump of the tree will be left in place until a decision is made regarding the future of this plot of land.

Commemorating the tree

Witness to nearly a century and a half of history, this magnificent cottonwood has been part of the landscape of the Canal and Old Chambly for so long that it occupies an important place in the hearts of many of us.

Parks Canada recognizes the importance of this tree for citizens and visitors to the City of Chambly, and is currently working on a commemorative project, for which the details remain to be determined and which could take shape in 2022. Details of this project will be shared with the general public as soon as they are known.

The Agency would like to thank the citizens who sent it numerous suggestions to this effect. Many wanted to see the tree come to life around the canal; the cottonwood is unfortunately not strong enough to be turned into furniture, and the decay was so severe in the center of the trunk that the wood is too damaged to be reused. Other scenarios are therefore being studied so that this tree is never forgotten.

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