Lachine Canal National Historic Site

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Montreal, QC H2Z 1X4- Map It
Phone: (514) 283-6054

AAA Editor Notes

Lachine Canal National Historic Site (Lieu historique national Canal-de-Lachine) runs 13.4 km (8 mi.) s.w. from the Old Port in Montr&#233;al, through LaSalle to lac St-Louis at Lachine. Dollier de Casson first had the idea to build a canal between Lachine and Montr&#233;al in 1680. Construction on the canal began in 1689 but ended with Casson's death in 1701. In the early 19th century, immigration and trade expansion made linking Lachine and Montr&#233;al a necessity, and the waterway was completed in 1825.</br>Closed in 1970, the canal reopened in 2002 for recreational use. A 12-kilometre (7.5-mi.) multipurpose path, hiking trails and picnic areas line the channel, creating many distinctive urban green spaces.</br>The visitor center at Lock No. 5 at Lachine has free exhibits about the canal's history. From mid-May to mid-October, interpretive boat tours are offered at the Atwater Quay; reservations are required.</br>Kayak and bicycle rentals are available in the Atwater-Charlevoix sector.</br>Guided tours are available. Recreational activities are permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.</br>
Grounds free. Fees may be charged for services.
Hours: Canal grounds open daily dawn-11 p.m. Canal open to pleasure boats daily, mid-May to mid-Oct. Visitor center open Mon.-Fri. 9-5, mid-May through Sept. 30.