February 17, 2012 ─ A one-stop shop when it comes to recreation, culture and sports!
With close to two centuries to its credit, the Lachine Canal National Historic Site is without question the place to go to experience Montréal, present and past. A veritable outdoor museum with a unique perspective on the city’s transformation over the years and its stunning panorama, this magnificent site will immediately win you over. Its multipurpose path, a favourite among cyclists, was ranked third among the world’s top urban cycling trips by the American publication, TIME Magazine. All it takes is one ride and you’ll be hooked!
Constructed in 1825 as a route to bypass the Lachine Rapids in the Saint-Lawrence River, this canal was completely redeveloped into a 14.5 km urban park that stretches from Old Montréal to Lac Saint-Louis. Millions of visitors participate in the many activities afforded by the canal each year; some more than once!
Athletic and recreational activities
A canal is obviously a seaway, and the Lachine Canal is a source of great enjoyment for many pleasure boaters and nautical enthusiasts who may rent various kinds of watercraft on-site. Besides fun in the water or on a bike, visitors may also take to the banks of the Canal by foot, in-line skates, cross-country skis or even enjoy a picnic, depending on the season.
The Lachine Canal is full of rich culture, including its locks as well as numerous other industrial vestiges and historical monuments. A guided tour by boat is a wonderful way to discover all that the Canal has to offer, including a fascinating trip through the locks. Other options include the interpretation panels that explain how the locks work, permanent exhibitions, organized excursions and a tour of a former fur warehouse.
Now it’s just up to you to choose! Enjoy!