Nautical itineraries

Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

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Here are a few nautical itineraries and their approximate distances between towns along the route. These circuits will take you through most of the Northeastern inland waterways including the Chambly, Saint-Ours, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Lachine (restrictions may apply), Carillon and Rideau Canals.

Estimated nautical distances

Montréal to Sorel = 70 km
Sorel to Chambly = 70 km
Chambly to Lake Champlain = 55 km
Chambly to New York = 520 km
Montréal to Québec = 250 km
Montréal to Ottawa = 180 km
Montréal to Kingston = 275 km
Montréal to Toronto = 500 km

Estimated nautical circuits

Montréal, Ottawa-Rideau Canal, Kingston, St. Lawrence River, Montréal = 655 km

Montréal, Chambly, Lake Champlain, Champlain Canal, Erie Canal, Oswego Canal, St. Lawrence River, Montréal = 1 000 km

Montréal, Chicago, Mississippi, Miami, New York, Chambly, Montréal = 7 500 km


For a boat traveling at 30 to 40 km/h

Montréal to New York: 5 days

Montréal to the Rideau Canal and returning by the St. Lawrence Seaway: 7 days

Le Grand Circuit Nautique omitting the Rideau Canal: 2 weeks (returning by the St. Lawrence Seaway)

Le Grand Circuit Nautique including the Rideau Canal: 3 weeks

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